Heritage Frederick

Heritage Frederick Home of the Museum of Frederick County History and the Frederick County Library & Archives
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Heritage Frederick is the home of the Museum of Frederick County History, the Archive and Research Center, the Heritage Frederick Garden, and the Frederick County Historic Preservation Center. We collect artifacts and documents, research and preserve them, and through exhibits, lectures and programs, tell the stories of Frederick County History.

"During Frederick's recent Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, visitors had the opportunity to view a signif...
01/03/2024

"During Frederick's recent Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, visitors had the opportunity to view a significant moment in Frederick County history beautifully memorialized in stained glass.

The large window in the front wall of Centennial Memorial United Methodist Church on West Second Street consists of three panels, commemorating Rev. Martin Boehm, Rev. Philip William Otterbein, and Rev. Christian Newcomer. All three men served as founders and bishops of the United Brethren in Christ, first Christian denomination to be organized in the United States. The organization of this church occurred on September 25, 1800, at the farm of Peter Kemp in the village of Rocky Springs, just outside Frederick City. A century later, the Frederick church was built and named to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the organization. The stained glass window was in place by the dedication of the church which occurred in May 1901.

The United Brethren in Christ held similar beliefs to the English-speaking Methodist Church, but was largely attended by German-speaking families throughout western Maryland, south-central Pennsylvania, and northwestern Virginia. While some United Brethren Churches are still in existence today, many became part of the United Methodist Church through a national merger in 1968."
-Jody Brumage, Archivist Heritage Frederick

01/02/2024

On this day 1/2/1865 - Jacob Engelbrecht

Jacob Engelbrecht Diaries
"The son of a Hessian prisoner of war during the American Revolution, Jacob Engelbrecht (1797-1878) was a keen observer who left behind a vivid record of life along the 19th century National Road.”

Hertiage Frederick Collection.
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Check out the most recent issue of Frederick Magazine for two articles written by Heritage Frederick staff members, our ...
01/02/2024

Check out the most recent issue of Frederick Magazine for two articles written by Heritage Frederick staff members, our curator Amy Hunt and our archivist Jody Brumage!!

From all of us at Heritage Frederick, we wish you very happy holidays!     How better to mark the holiday than with a tr...
12/25/2023

From all of us at Heritage Frederick, we wish you very happy holidays!

How better to mark the holiday than with a truly Frederick County take on the annual arrival of Santa Claus. George Carlton Rhoderick, Jr., editor of "The Valley Register" newspaper in Middletown, wrote this poem describing Santa Claus' experimentation with the new fangled automobile to deliver presents to Frederick and Middletown in 1899. Enjoy the tale of his mishaps along the way!

We really do have the best volunteers on the planet! We had a big job to do and our volunteers showed up! Most of the ar...
12/19/2023

We really do have the best volunteers on the planet! We had a big job to do and our volunteers showed up! Most of the artifacts from the Stitches in Time exhibit have been taken down, packed up nicely (per conservation guidelines) and driven across town to our Preservation Center.

Since the team finished so quickly this morning, Nancy Bodmer encouraged (ha ha!) our volunteer team to help organize and clean out the attic!

A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE, thank you to Garry Vom Lehn and Nancy Falconer Vom Lehn, Ed and Nancy Bodmer, Beth Davis Deahl and Beth Gura for braving ALL those flights of stairs and helping us to start off the new year with a CLEANED OUT ATTIC!!

Fun fact: Jody found a secret door, to a secret place and it had a random shoe on the floor, a chair facing a wall and an old mannequin head. We were all a little giddy and freaked out at the same time!

Just a fun day at the museum!

Coming in March of 2024! William H. B. Grinage. 1866-1925 is credited as the first known professional African-American a...
12/19/2023

Coming in March of 2024!

William H. B. Grinage. 1866-1925 is credited as the first known professional African-American artist in Frederick, Maryland.

“He was a waiter in local hotels and also conducted a photographic and art studio on West All Saints Street. He possessed unusual talent, and despite the handicaps under which he labored, he developed remarkable ability as a portrait painter."

William was born in Baltimore on February 25, 1866.
In 1918, William H.B. Grinage acquired 22 West All Saints Street, in Frederick, Maryland, the residence where he lived for the remainder of his life and where he established a studio for painting and taking photographs.

Two of his very rare paintings are preserved in the collection of Heritage Frederick. A portrait of Henry Dorsey Etchison was painted in the early-1920s by Grinage. In 1924, he exhibited this painting at the Great Frederick Fair and won first prize, splitting the award with Helen Smith. Grinage’s obituary notes that he had entered other works in the fair in previous years.

The last painting which William H. B. Grinage completed is a portrait of Francis Scott Key. In 1924, William was given a commission by the Kiwanis Club of Frederick to paint this portrait which the club intended to loan for display at the Francis Scott Key Hotel. Henry Dorsey Etchison, a member of the Kiwanis, urged his fellow club members to award the commission to Grinage. The work was completed in January 1924, within a month of Grinage’s death on February 25, 1925.

Both portrait paintings will be on display in two different Heritage Frederick exhibits starting on March 1st, 2024. You'll want to see these in person (and sooo much more)!! Mark your calendar for a visit to the Museum of Frederick County History next year!

Would you like to be part of the spotlight sponsorship team for these two rare pieces of art and history? Click here to learn more!!
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And that's a wrap!!! Today, we start the process of taking down the Stitches Through Time - Women's Work From Farm to Fa...
12/18/2023

And that's a wrap!!! Today, we start the process of taking down the Stitches Through Time - Women's Work From Farm to Fashion exhibit! It's been a great year, more than 3000 visitors from 37 states and 9 countries!

The Museum of Frederick County History will be closed until March 1st of 2024 when we will open with new exhibits throughout the Museum: Brushes with History - Inspiring the Personality of Frederick, 24 East Church Street, Joshua Johnson, and a few more!

On THIS DAY 12/17/1849 ...
12/18/2023

On THIS DAY 12/17/1849 ...

Last photos of 2023 at the museum with volunteer Kirk Horstman and last visitor of the year,  Fran from Gettysburg. We a...
12/16/2023

Last photos of 2023 at the museum with volunteer Kirk Horstman and last visitor of the year, Fran from Gettysburg. We are celebrating a great year at Heritage with “Stitches In Time” and the staff that curated it; Doug, Tonya, Amy and Jody. See you on March 1st with Brushes With History.

Heritage Frederick has long been a repository of Frederick history for residents and visitors alike. A new program is bl...
12/15/2023

Heritage Frederick has long been a repository of Frederick history for residents and visitors alike. A new program is blooming in the garden that will let you honor special people and events in your past, present or future. Purchase your commemorative brick today!

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Celebrating the Holidays in Downtown Frederick.The holiday season has been marked with special displays and decorations ...
12/12/2023

Celebrating the Holidays in Downtown Frederick.

The holiday season has been marked with special displays and decorations throughout downtown Frederick for much of the city’s history. Click here to read more about what archivist Jody Brumage has to say:

The holiday season has been marked with special displays and decorations throughout downtown Frederick for much of the city’s history. Some of the earliest mentions of holiday decorations in Frederick are found in Jacob Engelbrecht’s diary. In December 1864, he wrote that “at the United States...

We are hoping you can help!  Heritage Frederick recently received a musical instrument by Ritch Kelly, made in Frederick...
12/12/2023

We are hoping you can help! Heritage Frederick recently received a musical instrument by Ritch Kelly, made in Frederick in the 1970s. We have only been able to unearth 4 newspaper mentions dating from between 1975 and 1977 about this artist. We would love to learn more about him and his career. Born about 1950, the articles say he lived in Frederick or Jefferson. Thank you for your insights!

Someone came to visit today! WISH - Women Inspiring Supporting & Helping had their December meeting at Heritage Frederic...
12/07/2023

Someone came to visit today!

WISH - Women Inspiring Supporting & Helping had their December meeting at Heritage Frederick this morning! We learned from Jo Elizabeth Butler about her life's journey and about the beautiful jewelry she makes to raise money in support of schools and children she supports in Ethiopia.

On THIS Day 12/5/1840 ...
12/06/2023

On THIS Day 12/5/1840 ...

Yesterday, Heritage Frederick staff and volunteers were treated to a fantastic tour of Schifferstadt Architectural Museu...
12/05/2023

Yesterday, Heritage Frederick staff and volunteers were treated to a fantastic tour of Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. The historic stone farmhouse was built in 1758 and is the oldest known structure standing in Frederick City. Throughout the house are surviving examples of mid-18th century German engineering, finely-crafted iron work, and the only five-plate heating stove remaining intact in its original location in the United States. We were treated to a thorough tour of the house including its remarkable barrel-vaulted cellar.

Our tour was facilitated by Jennie Russell, President of the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, and led by Museum Docent Boyce Rensberger who shared a wealth of knowledge with our group. Both Jennie and Boyce are descendants of the Brunner family who built Schifferstadt.

Heritage Frederick would like to thank Jennie and Boyce for their time and dedication to preserving Schifferstadt and for sharing it with us!

Heritage Frederick is a proud participant in Museums my Candlelight on December 9, 2023. Details below from Visit Freder...
12/02/2023

Heritage Frederick is a proud participant in Museums my Candlelight on December 9, 2023.

Details below from Visit Frederick - Maryland!

"A Free Holiday Program For All Ages
Celebrate Frederick County's 275th anniversary during this year's celebration of Museums by Candlelight!

Once a year, Frederick County’s numerous historic sites and museums provide visitors with a living reminder of this area's remarkable past. During Museums by Candlelight, special programming and hands-on fun will delight visitors of all ages, and special children's activities are featured at most locations."

Heritage Frederick - 24 E. Church St., Frederick

Tour the Museum of Frederick County History and discover local artifacts and stories in our "Stitches through Time," "Hagerstown and Frederick Railway," "Crossroads," "Figured and Fancy Coverlets," and "Frederick County Decorative Arts" exhibits. Children can participate in a Frederick County History scavenger hunt at the museum.

Learn more here!

Experience Frederick County's historic sites and museums during the Museums by Candlelight program with family activities, live music, and more.

THE DIARY OF JACOB ENGELBRECHT CHRONICLE OF LIFE IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND FROM 1819 UNTIL 1878.For a half century, Jacob E...
12/01/2023

THE DIARY OF JACOB ENGELBRECHT
CHRONICLE OF LIFE IN FREDERICK, MARYLAND
FROM 1819 UNTIL 1878.

For a half century, Jacob Engelbrecht had a front row seat to American history, and he journaled about it from his hometown, Frederick Maryland. His diary recorded everything he saw over 60 years, and it is part of the Heritage Frederick collection.

“The son of a Hessian prisoner of war during the American Revolution, Jacob Engelbrecht (1797-1878) was a keen observer who left behind a vivid record of life along the 19th century National Road.”

Over the next several months, we will be sharing some of Jacob's diary entries. The posts will be called "This Day" ...

For instance, on this day 12/1/1857.....

For the 2nd year in a row, our curator Amy Hunt, is sending out handwritten cards to people with family connections to o...
11/29/2023

For the 2nd year in a row, our curator Amy Hunt, is sending out handwritten cards to people with family connections to objects that will be exhibited in the coming year. This annual program reached more than 60 people last year, many of whom then came to visit Heritage Frederick to see their family's history on display. This year, Amy will be writing over 200 cards. She has already sent out a few letters and we've already heard back!

Bridging the past to the present and future!

If it is in your plan to give on this   please consider giving to Heritage Frederick! https://www.cognitoforms.com/herit...
11/28/2023

If it is in your plan to give on this please consider giving to Heritage Frederick!

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Your gift will support our efforts in 2024 to:
• Ignite conversation and discussion about early women artists from Frederick in our new exhibit Brushes With History: Inspiring the Personality of Frederick
- Fill the garden with fun activities like our Ice Cream Social, Story Time and Frosty Friday
• Unveil and invite visitors to admire the work of the first known professional, Black portrait artist in the United States, Joshua Johnson
• Inspire artists to play their music in the garden as part of our summer concert series
• Engage our community and deliver walking tours for your neighbors and our visitors
• Spark interest in our local history by partnering with Frederick County School programs like LYNX
• Prepare future historians through our internship collaboration with Hood College
• Deepen our understanding of the people, places, and events that make up the history of Frederick by conducting research on properties and families
• Preserve thousands of objects, documents, and artifacts!

Wednesdays are a GREAT day to visit the museum!!  Join us on your lunch break? ONLY 12 more days to choose from to see t...
11/27/2023

Wednesdays are a GREAT day to visit the museum!! Join us on your lunch break? ONLY 12 more days to choose from to see the Stitches Through Time exhibit. The last day is December 16th. Please help us spread the word!! You don't want to miss this one!!

Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-4 pm.
www.frederickhistory.org

We had a FABULOUS Frosty Friday, about 175 attendees enjoyed good old fashion games, ornament decorating and cookies and...
11/24/2023

We had a FABULOUS Frosty Friday, about 175 attendees enjoyed good old fashion games, ornament decorating and cookies and cocoa. Thank you to everyone who visited! And, a HUGE shout out to our wonderful volunteers!!!

From our family at Heritage Frederick to yours!
11/23/2023

From our family at Heritage Frederick to yours!

Can you believe   is next week?  Your generous gift in 2024 will be instrumental in advancing our mission to preserve an...
11/22/2023

Can you believe is next week?

Your generous gift in 2024 will be instrumental in advancing our mission to preserve and celebrate the rich history of Frederick. Your support will:

Ignite Conversation: Contribute to our new exhibit, "Brushes With History," showcasing early women artists from Frederick and exploring their inspiring personalities.

Celebrate Pioneers: Unveil and showcase the remarkable work of Joshua Johnson, the first known professional Black portrait artist in the United States.

Tell Untold Stories: Support our research efforts to uncover and share the stories of the enslaved individuals who served at 24 E. Church Street.

Cultural Enrichment: Inspire artists to perform in the garden during our summer concert series, adding a vibrant cultural element to our community.

Preservation Initiatives: Contribute to the identification, prioritization, and upgrades of the historic property at 24 East Church Street, ensuring its continued legacy.

Community Engagement: Facilitate walking tours for neighbors and visitors, fostering a deeper connection to the local history of Frederick.

Educational Partnerships: Collaborate with Frederick County School programs like LYNX to spark interest in local history among students.

Invest in Future Historians: Support our internship program in collaboration with Hood College, preparing the next generation of historians.

Conduct In-Depth Research: Deepen our understanding of Frederick's history by researching properties and families, preserving the essence of our past.

Artifact Preservation: Contribute to the preservation of thousands of objects and documents, safeguarding the tangible aspects of Frederick's heritage.

Your donation will be a vital force in sustaining and expanding our efforts to cherish and share the diverse history that defines our community. Thank you for being a crucial part of preserving our shared heritage.

This past Thursday evening, we had our Annual Membership meeting. Members voted in three new board members: Steve Pippin...
11/18/2023

This past Thursday evening, we had our Annual Membership meeting. Members voted in three new board members: Steve Pippin, Chris Clemons and Chaz Remus. A new Executive Committee was voted in: President- Brett Handelman, Vice President- Chris Clemons, Secretary- Charles Crum and Treasurer- Carl Hildebrand. And, we gave a big cheer for their contributions as board members who've served their terms and are rolling off the board in December. Thank you, Carrie Delente, Yvonne Reinsch, Adriane Wodey and Chuck Mann for your immeasurable contributions to Heritage Frederick!

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Garden guild members, Adriane Wodey and Patricia O'Connor Kettlestrings, were preparing for our team of volunteers who w...
11/16/2023

Garden guild members, Adriane Wodey and Patricia O'Connor Kettlestrings, were preparing for our team of volunteers who will be decorating the museum over the next two days for Frosty Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Museums by Candlelight (Dec 9th). When Tonya returned to her office, she had a delightful surprise --- Frosty the Snowman in her chair!! Tis the holiday season!!!

Today is National Philanthropy Day! Two of our amazing volunteers were honored as "distinguished volunteers" at the Asso...
11/15/2023

Today is National Philanthropy Day! Two of our amazing volunteers were honored as "distinguished volunteers" at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Western Maryland Chapter luncheon today!

Congratulations Yvonne Reinsch and Nancy Bodmer on your well deserved recognition! We truly thankful for all that you do for Heritage Frederick! We are who we are because of you!!

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24 E Church Street
Frederick, MD
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