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Events

Saturday, May 6th 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibit Opening: Washington County and the Great War

Exhibit Opening: Washington County and the Great War

One hundred years ago, in 1917, the United States entered into the First World War. Called "The Great War" at the time, people thought it was the war to end all wars. New technologies and innovations completely changed the face of warfare and ushered in a new era of culture and thinking.
Learn about the daily life of Washington County citizens at home and abroad during the years of World War I. See how people on the home front contributed to the war effort, and get a chance to "plant" your own Victory Garden. Discover the stories of the men and women who served as soldiers, doctors and nurses overseas through their uniforms, letters and photographs. And see how the massive Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918 struck the people of Washington County.

Discover for yourself the stories and sagas of Washington County in the Great War, running May 6th - June 30th, 2017! 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 by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - Exhibit: Washington County and the Great War


Saturday, May 13th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Learn more about how people during the World Wars contributed to the war effort: by planting their own victory gardens! These small kitchen gardens helped feed people fresh fruits and vegetables during times of intense rationing, and helped people feel like they were doing their patriotic duty.
Now you have a chance to make your own! We'll provide all of the materials for you to get started with your own little victory garden: potting soil, a pot, and seeds/plants from fruits, vegetables, or herbs actually found in victory gardens! You'll also learn how to plant and care for your new victory garden, and we'll have supplies for you to make your own vintage plant tag so you know what you're growing for the cause!

Come down and enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens as you learn more about life during the World Wars. All ages welcome, but children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Each $5 materials fee covers one participant and one planting. 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: Plant A Victory Garden!


Saturday, May 20th 10 – 12 a.m..
Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Learn more about how people during the World Wars contributed to the war effort: by planting their own victory gardens! These small kitchen gardens helped feed people fresh fruits and vegetables during times of intense rationing, and helped people feel like they were doing their patriotic duty.
Now you have a chance to make your own! We'll provide all of the materials for you to get started with your own little victory garden: potting soil, a pot, and seeds/plants from fruits, vegetables, or herbs actually found in victory gardens! You'll also learn how to plant and care for your new victory garden, and we'll have supplies for you to make your own vintage plant tag so you know what you're growing for the cause!

Come down and enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens as you learn more about life during the World Wars. All ages welcome, but children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Each $5 materials fee covers one participant and one planting. 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: Plant A Victory Garden!


Saturday, May 27th 10 – 12 a.m.
Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Family Workshop: Plant A Victory Garden!

Learn more about how people during the World Wars contributed to the war effort: by planting their own victory gardens! These small kitchen gardens helped feed people fresh fruits and vegetables during times of intense rationing, and helped people feel like they were doing their patriotic duty.
Now you have a chance to make your own! We'll provide all of the materials for you to get started with your own little victory garden: potting soil, a pot, and seeds/plants from fruits, vegetables, or herbs actually found in victory gardens! You'll also learn how to plant and care for your new victory garden, and we'll have supplies for you to make your own vintage plant tag so you know what you're growing for the cause!

Come down and enjoy the beautiful Miller House Gardens as you learn more about life during the World Wars. All ages welcome, but children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Each $5 materials fee covers one participant and one planting. 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: Plant A Victory 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: