Preparing for the Eclipse

In anticipation of the partial solar eclipse in our area tomorrow, here's a look back on the partial eclipse that took place in Baltimore in 1892: “Science has relieved us of the feeling that it is our duty, with the aid of tin pans or human sacrifices, to help the sun out of its trouble.... Continue Reading →

Finding Love Again

In July 1897, 70-year-old William B. Trout and 62-year-old Mrs. Mirian Lawler were lucky enough to find love yet another time. The Baltimore Sun article “An Aged Bride and Groom” outlines how the Ellicott City couple sought out an old acquaintance to help them find the way to the Methodist Episcopal Church, where the Rev.... Continue Reading →

1915 Independence Day Patriotism

On July 4, 1915, The Baltimore Sun ran a piece from the general committee of the Safe and Sane Celebration of the Fourth. Signed by chairman Bushrod M. Watts and secretary John Daniels, it encouraged folks to “display the American flag and colors as fully and effectively as possible” on Sunday, July 4 and Monday,... Continue Reading →

Working It: 1920 Frederick

The 1920 U.S. Census marked the 14th one taken since 1790. Every 10 years, folks were asked a variety of questions about their lives. Those questions transformed through the years; some census years recorded where a person’s parents were born, if the individual was a veteran, married or could read or write, and even the... Continue Reading →

Forgotten Father’s Day?

The story goes that Father’s Day unofficially started around 1910 in Spokane, Washington, when a woman who was raised by her father heard a sermon about Mother’s Day and decided fathers should be recognized as well, according to the Library of Congress. And thus began the tradition of celebrating fathers on a Sunday in June.... Continue Reading →

Glade Valley Mill

Driving along Creagerstown Road in the small town of Woodsboro, passersby can't help but notice the imposing maroon structure once known as the Glade Valley Mill, a town fixture since the late 1800s. The business was originally started in nearby Troutville by Daniel Saylor. In the 1890s, Anderson Etzler moved the business to be closer... Continue Reading →

Honoring the Fallen

Military men and women who died while in service to our country will be honored in various ways throughout Maryland and the nation this weekend. One of the oldest is the Memorial Day parade in Sharpsburg (Washington County), which started after the Civil War to honor returning veterans, according to the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention &... Continue Reading →

Oh, Baby

The Social Security Administration just released Maryland’s 2016 Top 100 baby names based on Social Security card application data. For boys, the top five names were Noah, Mason, Liam, Ethan and Daniel. For girls, Ava, Olivia, Emma, Charlotte. and Sophia made Maryland's top five. In 1912, one of The Baltimore Sun’s Sunday contests tackled the... Continue Reading →

Dielman Inn: ‘Gem’ of New Windsor

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop remembers the very spot where Fred Snyder’s barbershop chair sat in one of the rooms on the ground floor of the Dielman Inn. Standing in the now-empty space decades later, Roop commented how the room seemed so much bigger to him when he was a child. Snyder’s chair was one... Continue Reading →

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