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Washington County Museums and Historic Sites Brochure Now Available

Washington County Museums and Historic Sites Brochure Now Available
CVB Produces New Brochure and Web Site

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that a new Washington County Museums and Historic Sites Brochure has been produced. The guide lists the more than 30 museums in Washington County, and also several sites, many of home house significant historical collections. The brochure is available for visitors and residents alike.
The guide was produced in cooperation with the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites. The brochure describes in detail the 37 museums and historic sites throughout Washington County. The President of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites, Bill Knode said, "Washington County has a large number of museums. We are very proud of our heritage and history, as evidenced that we have more than ten percent of the State of Maryland's total inventory of museums!" Knode also mentioned that there are many private museums throughout the county, "This guide shows how to schedule a museum visit to view a private collection, and also explains exactly where the museum is, and its hours of operation."
Knode also said that Washington County is remarkable for having one of the state's three accredited art museums (the other two are in Baltimore). "We're very pleased to work with the CVB in producing this new museum brochure."
The brochure has also been excerpted into a web page, and can be found on the CVB's web site: www.marylandmemories.org To connect directly to the web site, go to: http://www.marylandmemories.org/museum
As the new web site states, "Step back into history, see fine art, explore fantastic collections and exhibits, and experience our museums! While our communities are rich in history, we also cherish keeping opportunities to learn about history alive. Some of our museums are hands-on, some are world-famous, and some exhibit "firsts" and "onlys." See everything we have to offer, explore the Museums of Washington County." Already the web site, online for less than two weeks, has received thousands of visits from computer users across the country.
The award winning Hagerstown design firm "Icon Graphics" designed the brochure and the web page. The project took several months to research, collect photographs, design, print, and convert to a web site. It is available at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center, and is being distributed to CVB member businesses, and to the Maryland Visitor Welcome Centers throughout the state. The brochure is also being used to help market museums to groups and conventions that are interested in coming to Washington County.
According to CVB President Tom Riford, "The CVB worked closely with the Association of Museums and Historic Sites. To be able to sponsor this project in its entirety, its design, printing, and its web site creation, was a true labor of love. We learned so many interesting things about the museums in our county--and we're very pleased to note that four new museums opened here during 2005!" Riford said that the brochure will eventually be redesigned and reprinted, as more information is researched and collected.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau had more than twenty thousand copies of the brochure produced in its first printing. The Hagerstown-Washington County CVB is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose goals include helping to attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry.

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