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Programs


Genealogy for Beginners
5:30 – 7 pm | Thursday, October 19th

Interested in learning more about your family history? Get started with our staff researchers during this basic class! You'll learn everything you need to know to get started with your own family's history, and have an introduction to some of the online genealogical databases housed at the kinship Family Heritage Research Center.

Scanning Workshop
10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Saturday, October 21st
Community Room, Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740

Interested in learning more about preserving your family documents and photographs? In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn more about different types of scanners, what types of documents or photographs they're best for scanning, and have a chance to try out the scanners on your own family treasures!


Beginner’s Knitting
11 am – 2 pm | Saturday, October 21st

Learn a new skill and have fun while doing it!

In this all ages class, learn the basics of knitting while making your own scarf! Participants will receive the yarn needed to make a scarf and their own set of needles, and instruction on how to start knitting, how to make the two basic knitting stitches, how to add on a new ball of yarn, and how to finish a project! The materials fee includes the ball of yarn and needles that you get to take home with you.

All registrants for any of the classes will be given a code for free admission to the future classes, provided they bring their own materials back to further classes.

Already know how to knit, but need a refresher, or want to learn a new skill? Bring your knitting projects along! We'll go over more advanced techniques as requested by those in the classes.


Ghost Tours of the Miller House
7 & 8 pm | Saturday, October 21st

Go on a spine-chilling tour of the Miller House Museum as you’ve never seen it before. These exclusive candle-light tours, offered only during the month of October, will reveal the hidden paranormal secrets of one of Hagerstown’s historic houses.

Beginner’s Knitting
11 am – 2 pm | Saturday, October 28th

Learn a new skill and have fun while doing it!

In this all ages class, learn the basics of knitting while making your own scarf! Participants will receive the yarn needed to make a scarf and their own set of needles, and instruction on how to start knitting, how to make the two basic knitting stitches, how to add on a new ball of yarn, and how to finish a project! The materials fee includes the ball of yarn and needles that you get to take home with you.

All registrants for any of the classes will be given a code for free admission to the future classes, provided they bring their own materials back to further classes.

Already know how to knit, but need a refresher, or want to learn a new skill? Bring your knitting projects along! We'll go over more advanced techniques as requested by those in the classes.


Cover Up!
November 4 – December 30 2017

Get cozy this winter at the Miller House Museum! We’ll be showing off the highlights of our quilt and coverlet collection, and telling you the stories of the people behind these beautiful quilts. Learn more about local quilters of days past. Workshops and craft sessions will let you try your hand at making your own quilt squares!

Come see the new exhibit for yourself! Walk-ins are always welcome when the museum is open for tours (Wednesday – Friday, 1-4 p.m., Saturday 9 am – 4 p.m.), but you can purchase advance tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online.



PAST EXHIBITS

2016

Founding Families: The Genealogical History of Washington County

The Great Fair!

That’s the Ticket! The Political Past of Washington County

Genealogical Consultations

Every Wednesday and second Saturday, our staff genealogist is on site in the kinship Reading Room for free genealogy consultations. Just starting out, or hitting a brick wall? Our genealogist can provide guidance for researchers of all experience levels.

Historic Geocache Trail

Use your devices as part of a worldwide scavenger hunt! The Miller House Museum is proud to be a participant of the Historic Geocache Trail. Come to the museum and search for hidden treasures both inside and out!

Specialty Tours

Throughout the year, we offer a number of specialty tours that highlight different parts of the Miller House collection.

In early spring, we offer a walking lecture on the art of the Miller House. Our portrait and landscape collections are hidden treasure troves of local artwork, and you can learn more about the paintings and their artists on this special tour of the Miller House Museum.

During September and October, experience the Miller House after dark! Our candlelit ghost tours offer a look at the lives (and deaths) of previous Miller House occupants, and share local folklore and legends of Washington County.

And in November and December, learn more about Christmases past! Our Victorian Christmas tours take place in the exquisitely decorated Miller House, and as you make your way through the museum, you’ll learn more about Victorian Christmas decorations, foods, and traditions.



ANNUAL EVENTS

Winter Concert Series

Looking for a great way to keep warm and have fun during the chilly winter months? Come to one of our great winter concerts! Held in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum, our concerts bring you great


Blues Fest Party

Kick off your Blues Fest celebrations with our annual tradition: a backyard blast in the Miller House Museum Garden! There will be live music, excellent food and a cash bar, all in the beautiful and private setting of the museum garden.


Holiday Reception

Join us at the Miller House Museum for our annual holiday open house. Held on the first Sunday of December, the Miller House Museum will be decorated by local garden clubs according to the year’s chosen theme, and the museum will be open for self-guided tours. Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided.


Historic Houses of Worship Tour

On the 26th of December, houses of worship and other historic sites in downtown Hagerstown open their doors for this self-guided, free tour. Enjoy the peace of candlelight while taking in the splendor of these historic treasures decked out for the yuletide season.


Bus Trips of Washington County

Go on the road with the Washington County Historical Society! Each year, we plan a full day of sight-seeing right here in Washington County. Every trip highlights a different part of the county. Discover some of the county’s hidden historical treasures.

 

WCHS on the Road

Our staff and board members love sharing the stories and collections of the Washington County Historical Society with the community, and if you can’t visit us, we’d love to come visit you! Contact us to inquire about speakers for club meetings, events, and other get-togethers! Previous programs have included: