Box Lunch Talk: Rural Free Delivery Service

2021-07-22T13:35:40-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Videos|

100 years ago in The Baltimore Sun: August 8, 1899: WESTMINSTER, MD., Aug.7. — The experiment of free mail service in the rural districts of Carroll County, begun April 3, has proved successful beyond expectations. A.W. Maehen, superintendent of free rural mail service, with headquarters at Washington, has for some time past been in [...]

Box Lunch Talk: the Manchester Historical Center

2021-07-22T13:35:35-04:00June 4th, 2021|Videos|

Originally opened in 1989, the Manchester Historical Center moved to its new, expanded location in 2018. Volunteers Betty Smith and Belva Lamotte provide highlights from the town’s history, share the history of the museum, and give an overview of the more than 3,000 items in its collection.

The 1918 Spanish Flu in Carroll County

2021-07-22T13:35:46-04:00May 30th, 2021|Videos|

Board Member, Frank Batavick, discusses how the 1918 Spanish influenza rapidly became a worldwide pandemic – beginning with his five-year old father’s personal experience. The Spanish flu was severe; more than 50 million people perished from the virus worldwide, making it deadlier than the number of causalities from World War I. Carroll County was [...]

Carroll County was the Haudenosaunee Nation – the “Six Nations”

2021-07-22T13:36:55-04:00February 27th, 2021|Videos|

Before 1744, the predominant government in Carroll County was the Haudenosaunee Nation – the “Six Nations.” The Haudenosaunee played a key role in the evolution of American democracy. Much of our current way of life is owed to the heritage and legacy of the Haudenosaunee Nation. Several main roads in Carroll County have their [...]

Box Lunch Talk: Amidst the Mischief and Misery: the Story of Three Famous Civil War Caregivers

2021-07-19T11:59:11-04:00February 27th, 2021|Education, Videos|

Recently, Civil War scholars have finally begun revealing in detail how our colossal American tragedy turned the nation into a “Republic of Suffering.” Burt Kummerow, director of Maryland’s Four Centuries Project, discusses three famous Americans—Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, and Louisa May Alcott—who were eyewitnesses to what Barton called the war’s “mischief and misery.” Their [...]

Carroll’s African American Soldiers and Sailors in the Civil War

2021-07-22T13:37:08-04:00January 11th, 2021|Videos|

Carroll County contributed a large number of its free and enslaved African American men to fight for the Union during the Civil War. Most ended up in the infantry, but some were assigned to the cavalry and others to the U.S. Navy. Join Mimi Ashcraft in exploring the stories of these men, the challenges [...]

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