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Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series

Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series

The Robert McCauley Historical Lecture Series held at the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown will begin the 37th year of continuing operation on Monday, October 1, at 7pm.
Randy Anderson, local railroad historian, will present the final lecture of a three part series relating to the history of the Weverton to Hagerstown Branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The slide presentation will cover the Security Branch that ran from the southern boundary of Hagerstown to the cement plant. Also highlighted will be the many industries located along that portion of the rail line.
Anderson is a Hagerstown native and graduate of South High. From 1973 he was employed at the Washington County Health Department as an Environmental Health Inspector. Since retiring in 2000, he has devoted much more of his time to researching local railroad history, increasing his interest in freight car history, high detail freight car modeling, and making metal patterns for resin kit manufacturers. He is interested in all aspects of railroads; photography, modeling, research, developing slide programs, and industrial archeology.
The lecture is free, but due to limited seating, tickets must be obtained in advance at the Information Desk. Additional information is available by calling John Frye in the Western Maryland Room, 301-739-3250, ext. 158.
McCauley Lectures for 2007-2008
October 1, 2007- Randy Anderson -"Security Branch- B & O Railroad and Adjacent Industries"
November 5, 2007 - Tom Clemens- "Ezra Carmen and the Maryland Campaign, September 1862"
December 3, 2007 - Steve Hatleberg- "Georgetown to Pittsburgh: The C & O Canal and the Great Allegheny Passage"
January 7, 2008- Robert Kapsch- "Shenandoah River Navigation and the New Shenandoah Co. 1790-1890."
February 4, 2008 - Tom Gerhart- "The Underground Railroad in Washington and Franklin Counties"
March 3, 2008 - Dick Helfrich- "Relics and Recollection of the Hagerstown Fair"
New in the Western Maryland Room
Author: Hutchinson, Jack T.
Title: Divided loyalties: the border states of the Upper South, Delaware, Maryland,- West Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri, their cultural heritage and divided Civil War loyalties
Publication: Canton, GA: Hutchinson, c2005.
Author: Lake, D. J.
Title: Atlas of Adams Co. Pennsylvania
Publication: Philadelphia, PA: I.W. Field, 1978, 1872.
Author: Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Editor: Patrick, Christine Sternberg
Title: The papers of George Washington. [13], Presidential series, 1 June- 31 August 1793.
Publication: Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2006
Editor: League, John.
Title: Our country called. Volume II: a tribute to Washington County servicemen and servicewomen
Publication: Hagerstown, Md.: Herald-Mail Co., c2007.
Also at Washington County Free Library
Faces of the Civil War Book Club
Hagerstown Library- Western Maryland Room
This book club meets on the first Thursday of every month to discuss the people who fought in, and were affected by, the American Civil War. No quizzes about battles and dates, just a layperson's examination of this formative time in our country's history. Join us for good conversation!
September 6 at 6:30pm- Any biography of Frederick Douglass.
October 4 at 6:30pm- Scott Reynolds Nelson's book A people at war: Civilians and soldiers in America's Civil War 1854-1877
More information- Carrie Willson-Plymire. 301-739-3250,
Freedom and Rebellion in the American Renaissance of the 1850s and the Negro Renaissance of the 1920s
Presented by Dr. Burney J. Hollis, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Morgan State University
Hagerstown Library, September 27, 2007, 7pm.
The artistic, philosophical, and cultural freedom prized by Negro Renaissance writers Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, and Zora Neale Hurston recalls the mid nineteenth century iconoclasm of Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, and Whitman.
The lecture by Burney Hollis introduces and compares the rebellious writers of these two periods, who set new standards and explored new modes of expression, redefined themselves as Americans, and attempted to declare independence from the confines of tradition.
This Maryland Humanities program is sponsored by Columbia Gas of Maryland.
More information: 301-739-3250 ext 136,

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