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Christmas Cards

2020-12-23T15:01:38-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Well into the 19th century, the tradition was to write lengthy holiday letters and deliver them to friends. Since there were no copiers or home printers, each letter had to be handwritten – a very time-consuming task. In 1843, Sir Henry Cole, an English government official, commissioned John Calcott Horsley to design and print the first-ever [...]

“Christmas Eve 1886” Poem

2020-12-18T09:17:35-05:00December 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

  The Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC) has produced a video that salutes a poem written more than 130 years ago.  The author, Louis Edwin Shriver of Union Mills, dedicated the verses to his nieces Winnie and Catherine Shriver.  Louis dwelled in what we know today as the Union Mills Homestead and his [...]

William Winchester Portrait Conservation

2020-11-07T10:40:22-05:00November 6th, 2020|Now, Treasures of Carroll County|

While we associate paintings with art museums, most history museums also have them. These are usually family portraits or works by local artists. HSCC has both. But, while paintings are common, they are uncommonly difficult to care for. […]

The Places We’ve Gone

2021-07-18T16:48:16-04:00May 28th, 2020|Education, Treasures of Carroll County|

Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away! - Dr. Seuss     Over the years Carroll Countians have travelled far and wide by a variety of means. The growth of railroads and, later, the popularity of cars and the improvement of roads made leisure travel easier. Proud new [...]

A Soldier’s Story

2021-07-18T16:47:28-04:00May 21st, 2020|Education, Treasures of Carroll County|

The United States entered the Great War - World War I - on April 6, 1917. Nearly 1,000 Carroll County men and women served in uniform. Of these, 36 made the ultimate sacrifice. Lloyd D. Schaeffer of Westminster enlisted in the Enlisted Reserve Corps as a private on August 22, 1917, and was sent to the [...]

Westminster Cemetery

2020-05-15T13:44:24-04:00May 16th, 2020|Treasures of Carroll County, Uncategorized|

Although the Historical Society had to cancel its tour of Westminster Cemetery scheduled for May 16, the historic burying ground remains open to the public and an interesting place to visit. Established about 1790 at the north end of Church Street, it contains the remains of approximately 7,000 people from all walks of life buried beneath [...]

Mother’s Day

2021-07-18T16:50:05-04:00May 8th, 2020|Education|

With all of us locked in our homes, it's sometimes hard to remember how much time is passing. Easter came and went. And now it's Mother's Day already. Mother's Day in the United States started in the 19th century. During the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia organized women's brigades, encouraging women to help [...]

Roosevelt in Westminster

2021-07-18T16:51:44-04:00May 1st, 2020|Education, Treasures of Carroll County|

It's definitely strange times. Here we are in the middle of the primary season and yet nothing is happening. No rallies, no debates, and no robo calls (OK, that last one is a good thing). But in 1912 the situation was very different. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt had decided not to run for another term [...]

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