Heritage Frederick’s Upcoming Events

Dr. Paula Reed

FREE Speaker Series! As a compliment program to the Stitches Throught Time – Women’s Work from Farm to Fashion exhibit, please join us to hear from Paula S. Reed, PhD, Architectural Historian.

Topic: Frederick City and County Historic Industries

September 26, 2023, 5:45 PM

Girl’s Nite Out at the Museum

Back by popular demand! This private, curator led tour of the Stitches Through Time exhibit, includes a behind the scenes tour of the house and a toast to “Women’s Work” in the Reed Room. We will also bring out a few treasures from the vault for your viewing pleasure!

Wednesday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00 pm.

Stitches Through Time Exhibit

The Stitches Through Time exhibit explores one story of women’s work, interpreting the history of textile production up to the 1950s. It features a beautiful selection of hand-sewn quilts and clothes from the 1800s; equipment, advertising, photographs, and ephemera from the factory era; and selections of mid-20th century clothing by Claire McCardell that reflect the department store culture that emerged after World War II. Ten wedding dresses spanning 100 years showcase the themes in our story.

Speaker Series:  The History of Distillating with a Local Spin

Next lecture: Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. 5-7 pm.

This is a free event for members and friends of Heritage Frederick. Bret Kimbrough, the head distiller at Tenth Ward Distilling, will deliver a brief overview of the beginnings of distillation by colonizers in North America starting with the earliest evidence of brandy distilling by the Dutch in New Amsterdam. He’ll then take a brisk walk through the origins of bourbon, then transition to a more in depth discussion of rye whiskey and its local history and relevance, including a review of leading local distilleries of the pre-prohibition era in Frederick County.

Murder and Mayhem Walking Tours

Explore scandalous, nefarious, and unbelievable moments from  Frederick’s past. Stories include bootlegging, bank robberies, and the case of Granville Smeltzer and Mary Nussbaum.

These tours will occur each Saturday during the month of October at 7:00 pm. Tours last 90 minutes are begin at Heritage Frederick at 24 East Church Street.

The Hagerstown and Frederick Railway

From 1896 until 1954, a network of interurban trolley lines were built linking communities across Frederick and Washington Counties. This exhibit presents the history of these electric railways and how they changed the landscape and communities of Frederick County. View historical photographs and artifacts from the trolleys and a map showing the various routes that comprised the overall system at its height of operation. This display is Heritage Frederick’s 2023 Community Gallery exhibition, presented in partnership with the Hagerstown and Frederick Railroad Historical Society.

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Heritage Frederick is a dynamic educational and cultural organization that recognizes the impact of Frederick County, Maryland, on our state, nation, and world. Heritage Frederick excels in engaging and interactive experiences that are relevant, accessible and meaningful to all people.

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