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Events

Saturday, June 24th 10 -11 am
Watercolors in the Garden (Grades K-3)

Watercolors in the Garden (Grades K-3)

Kids will have a blast in the beautiful Miller House Garden while learning how to paint with watercolors!

This class is for students from grades K-3. A class for students from ages 4-6 will be held later in the month.

Parents and guardians can receive buy one, get one free museum admission simply by signing their kids up for the class! Please contact us for more details You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online by clicking below. Walk-ins welcome!

Eventbrite - Watercolors in the Garden (Ages 4-6)


Saturday, June 24th 11 am – 2pm
Family Workshop: Friendship Bracelets

Family Workshop: Friendship Bracelets

Learn a new skill, and have fun while doing it!

Enjoy a low-key craft in the beautiful Miller House Museum Gardens, and make a set of fun friendship bracelets for you to share with a friend! We'll provide everything you need to make two friendship bracelets, and teach you how to make colorful designs, and even add fun beads to your creation!

This event is free, but pre-registration is recommended. You can register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or online by clicking below.

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Friendship Bracelets


Saturday, June 24th 12 – 4 pm
‘Stache Bash!

Stache Bash!

It’s our first ever ode to the mustachioed! Join us this summer for the first annual ‘Stache Bash, a party to celebrate some of history’s most fabulous facial hair! Enjoy mustache-themed food, drinks and adult beverages, mustache games, a photo booth, and more!

Sporting your own soup strainer? Perfect! We’ll be holding moustache contests online and in person, and you can win fabulous prizes! So put out the word that we’re calling all handsome handlebars, marvelous muttonchops, fearsome Fu Manchus, and wonderful walruses to take part!

And don’t worry if you can’t grow your own flavor saver, we’ve got your upper lip covered! We’ll have a variety of fun fake moustaches for you to try on (and take home with you!)

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online by clicking below. Walk-ins welcome!

Eventbrite - 'Stache Bash!


Saturday, July 1st 11 am -2 pm
Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Learn a new skill, and have fun while doing it!

Each participant will be able to take their new masterpiece home with them!

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online by clicking below. Walk-ins welcome!

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden


Saturday, July 1st 2 -4 pm
Lecture: Art Glass with Sheree Blum

Lecture: Art Glass with Sheree Blum

Enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens and learn more about a unique style of art

Sheree Blum of Kickingglass is one of the only practitioners of her particular style of glass art. Her works are created by fusing panes of window glass together with pigmentation inside, with unique patterns inspired by antique lace.

Her work has been featured in Southern Lady magazine, sold by Anthropologie, and used in boutique hotels in the United States.

Sheree will be discussing her art, her method, and offering pieces of her unique art glass for sale.

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online by clicking below. Walk-ins welcome!

Eventbrite - Lecture: Art Glass with Sheree Blum


Saturday, July 8th 11 am – 2 pm
Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes

Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes

Enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens as you make a cool new craft to take home with you!

We'll supply all the materials you need to make a gorgeous kaleidoscope inspired by the sights and sounds of the Miller House Gardens! Each participant will be able to make one kaleidoscope to take home with them.

This event is free, but pre-registration is recommended. You can register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or online by clicking below.

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes


Saturday, July 8th 11 am – 2 pm
Lecture: Korean Pottery with Yousung Choi/strong>

Lecture: Korean Pottery with Yousung Choi

Learn more about traditional Korean pottery styles and creation from local potter Yousung Choi. Born and trained in Daegu, South Korea, Yousung Choi incorporates elements of local nature and traditional Korean pottery techniques to create a unique style of tableware and home goods.

Yousung will discuss her art, her method, and offer her work for sale.

You can purchase tickets by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or purchasing them online by clicking below. Walk-ins welcome!

Eventbrite - Lecture: Korean Pottery with Yousung Choi


Saturday, July 15th 11 am -2 pm
Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Learn a new skill, and have fun while doing it!

This informal art class will teach the kids the basics of sketching and painting watercolors from real life. All participants will choose a flower in the Miller House Museum Gardens, sketch it from life, and then bring it to life with watercolor paints.

Each participant will be able to take their new masterpiece home with them!

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

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden


Friday, July 21st 6-8 pm
Hops & Hives

Hops & Hives

Enjoy craft beers as you craft beehives!

Help in the fight against colony collapse by building a beehive for your garden! Enjoy locally brewed craft beers as you learn more about beekeeping from an actual keeper, get ideas for urban beekeeping, and then upcycle your beer bottle into a handy hive!

We'll provide everything you need: your first beer, the bottle, and all of the supplies and instructions you'll need to make and take a beer bottle beehive! The brewery will also be on site so you can purchase additional beverages for a fee.

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

Eventbrite - Hops & Hives


Saturday, July 22nd 11 am – 2 pm
Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes

Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes

Enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens as you make a cool new craft to take home with you!

We'll supply all the materials you need to make a gorgeous kaleidoscope inspired by the sights and sounds of the Miller House Gardens! Each participant will be able to make one kaleidoscope to take home with them.

This event is free, but pre-registration is recommended. You can register by calling (301)-797-8782, emailing info@washcomdhistoricalsociety.org, or online by clicking below.

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Garden Kaleidoscopes


Saturday, July 29th 11 am -2 pm
Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden

Learn a new skill, and have fun while doing it!

This informal art class will teach the kids the basics of sketching and painting watercolors from real life. All participants will choose a flower in the Miller House Museum Gardens, sketch it from life, and then bring it to life with watercolor paints.

Each participant will be able to take their new masterpiece home with them!

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

Eventbrite - Family Workshop: Watercolors in the Garden


Programs


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 and the Great War”
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.

Eventbrite - Exhibit: Washington County and the Great War


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

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: