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Saturday, January 28th: Cocoa & Coloring
11 am – 3 pm

Cocoa & Cooking

Join us at the Miller House Museum for a cozy afternoon of family-friendly fun! We’ll provide everything you need to get started: crayons, colored pencils, historical coloring pages for both kids and adults—and a bottomless hot chocolate bar! Top off your cup with treats like whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and sprinkles and keep coming back for more! Full-size coloring books, locally made mugs and other presents will be available for purchase, and the museum will be open for tours. All ages welcome, but parents must accompany children under the age of 12.

This is a free event, but space can be limited at certain times of the day. You’re welcome to pre-register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - Cocoa & Coloring


Sunday, January 29th: Winter Concert Series
Bluegrass and Blue Jeans with Fertile Soil
2-4 p.m.

Winter Concert Series

Looking for a way to stay warm this winter? Come to the Miller House for our Sunday concert series! Held on the last Sunday of the month, January - March, our winter concert series brings you good food and good music live in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum. Tickets are $5/person, and WCHS members receive free admission.

Back by popular demand, this hand-clapping, foot-stomping bluegrass band hails from Western Maryland. They play both traditional and modern bluegrass and you can find them locally at many venues where people enjoy good music and good times.

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or you may purchase them online.

Eventbrite - Bluegrass and Blue Jeans with Fertile Soil

Saturday, February 4th: Exhibit Opening: Matinee Idols
9 am – 4 pm

MD THeatre

In "Matinee Idols," a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum, you can explore the Golden Age of Hollywood as seen by the people of Washington County.

At its peak, the city of Hagerstown was home to countless movie theaters, among them the Colonial, Henry's, and the Maryland Theatre, all located in the downtown area. Besides providing local people with a source of entertainment, movies played an important social role during the years of the Great Depression and World War II.

You can experience Hagerstown's "Golden Age" of cinema and discover for yourself what it was like to go to the movies during the early 20th century when you visit "Matinee Idols," now on display at the Miller House Museum.

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.

Eventbrite - Cocoa & Coloring


Saturday, February 25th: Cocoa & Coloring
11 am – 3 pm

Cocoa & Cooking

Join us at the Miller House Museum for a cozy afternoon of family-friendly fun! We’ll provide everything you need to get started: crayons, colored pencils, historical coloring pages for both kids and adults—and a bottomless hot chocolate bar! Top off your cup with treats like whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and sprinkles and keep coming back for more! Full-size coloring books, locally made mugs and other presents will be available for purchase, and the museum will be open for tours. All ages welcome, but parents must accompany children under the age of 12.

This is a free event, but space can be limited at certain times of the day. You’re welcome to pre-register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - Cocoa & Coloring


Sunday, February 26th: Winter Concert Series
Coffeehouse Vibes with Windon & Ricker
2-4 p.m.

Looking for a way to stay warm this winter? Come to the Miller House for our Sunday concert series!

Held on the last Sunday of the month, January - March, our winter concert series brings you good food and good music live in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum. Tickets are $5/person, and WCHS members receive free admission.

Rick and Ritchie are two popular mid-Atlantic singers and songwriters. They perform regularly for regional wineries, coffee houses, and small concert venues. Their music is a unique harmony-filled blend of folk and soft rock. If you are a fan of James Taylor's kind of music, you will love them!

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or you may purchase them online.

Eventbrite - Coffeehouse Vibes with Windon & Ricker


Saturday, March 11th: Cocoa & Coloring
11 am – 3 pm

Cocoa & Cooking

Join us at the Miller House Museum for a cozy afternoon of family-friendly fun! We’ll provide everything you need to get started: crayons, colored pencils, historical coloring pages for both kids and adults—and a bottomless hot chocolate bar! Top off your cup with treats like whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, marshmallows and sprinkles and keep coming back for more! Full-size coloring books, locally made mugs and other presents will be available for purchase, and the museum will be open for tours. All ages welcome, but parents must accompany children under the age of 12.

This is a free event, but space can be limited at certain times of the day. You’re welcome to pre-register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - Cocoa & Coloring


Sunday, March 26th: Winter Concert Series
A Celtic Celebration with the Weavers

Looking for a way to stay warm this winter? Come to the Miller House for our Sunday concert series!

Held on the last Sunday of the month, January - March, our winter concert series brings you good food and good music live in the drawing rooms of the Miller House Museum. Tickets are $5/person, and WCHS members receive free admission.

March 26th: The Weavers
Bill and Joyce Weaver are local living historians and musicians from Boonsboro, Md. They have studied and performed traditional music of 18th century Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and Colonial America. Many of the tunes they will be performing are traditional favorites among seasoned Irish "Pub Crawlers." Join us for an afternoon of song and stories from the Emerald Isle.

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or you may purchase them online.

Eventbrite - A Celtic Celebration with the Weavers


Programs


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.


Exhibits

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITS

Matinee Idols
February 4 – March 31 2017

In "Matinee Idols," a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum, you can explore the Golden Age of Hollywood as seen by the people of Washington County.

At its peak, the city of Hagerstown was home to countless movie theaters, among them the Colonial, Henry's, and the Maryland Theatre, all located in the downtown area. Besides providing local people with a source of entertainment, movies played an important social role during the years of the Great Depression and World War II.

You can experience Hagerstown's "Golden Age" of cinema and discover for yourself what it was like to go to the movies during the early 20th century when you visit "Matinee Idols," now on display at the Miller House Museum.

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.


The Bill of Rights and You
February 4 – July 31 2017

Celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, this pop-up exhibit from the National Archives explores the history and impact of the American Bill of Rights. Visitors to the museum will have a chance to interact with the exhibit and learn more about how the Bill of Rights impacts their lives today.

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.


Washington County in the Great War: 100 Years Later
May 6 – June 30 2017

100 years after US entrance into World War I, take a look at the lives and stories of those who served from Washington County. Through artifacts, documents, and photographs, learn more about famous battles through the eyes of those who lived through the fighting, and more about the home front experience here in Washington County.

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.


Setting Boundaries: 250 Years of the Mason-Dixon Line
August 5 – September 30 2017

For over 250 years, the Mason-Dixon Line has been the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania. But why does it exist? Learn about the history of the Mason-Dixon Line and how it came to be in a new exhibit at the Miller House Museum.

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.


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



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: