May 1-6 is Washington County History Week

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L-R: John F. Barr, President of the Board of Washington County Commissioners, MD, Tom Riford, President and CEO of Hagerstown-Washington County CVB, James D. Neville, Executive Director Washington County Historical Society and William B. Knode, President of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites and VP & Corporate Treasurer of Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, Inc., receive an official proclamation from the Commissioners endorsing Washington County History Week May 1- 6 and the Fourth Annual Museum Ramble.


May 1-6 is Washington County History Week
Praise 4th Annual Museum Ramble

The Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland officially presented a County Proclamation to Mr. James Neville, executive director, Washington County Historical Society; and Miller House Museum, Bill Knode, president of the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites, and Thomas B. Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The Historical Society, the Association of Museums and Historical Sites, and the CVB had joined together to present information to the Washington County Commissioners about the museums in Washington County, and about the upcoming Museum Ramble.
There are more than thirty-five museums throughout Washington County that hold treasures of historical interest, and display Hagerstown and Washington County's art and heritage. Many of these museums are nationally recognized; many of the museums are privately held, and most are totally staffed by volunteers. During the presentation, the County Commissioners were formally invited to visit the various museums in the county.
Washington County Board of County Commissioners, President John F. Barr said, "Based on The Washington County Board of County Commissioners recognizing that experiencing history, and remembering history are important components that enhance our citizens' quality of life, and the great influence and interest in the deep historical tradition of which Washington, County is steeped; The Board of County Commissioners praise the noteworthy efforts of the Historical Society and the Association of Museums and Historic Sites on behalf of all the citizens of Washington County, and on behalf of all those who revere and honor the history and art of our region. The Washington County Board of County Commissioners commends and celebrates the work of the Historical Society and the Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites, Washington County History Week May 1-6, and the Fourth Annual Museum Ramble coming up this weekend May 5-6, 2007.
"Washington County is rich in opportunities for residents and visitors alike, it is significant in its heritage and attractions, and offers more than 35 national, state, county and city parks. Millions of visitors stay and play here, stop and shop here, and the community is enhanced because of Washington County's culture of hospitality, and, in addition to honoring the regions history, and celebrating it's past, the CVB, the Museum Association, and the Historical Society contribute to the area's prosperous future."
President John Barr said at the Tuesday, May 1st presentation, "The CVB, the Washington County Association of Museums and Historic Sites and the Historical Society work on behalf of all the citizens of Washington County to help attract visitors here. Washington County History Week is May 1st through 6th, and the Fourth annual Washington County Museum Ramble is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2007 and Sunday, May 6, 2007. This Museum Ramble, co-sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a special tour of many of the museums throughout the county. We urge all our residents and visitors to attend and enjoy this event with their families as well." Washington County has more than 10-percent of the states total of museums in Maryland.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau joined again with the Washington County Historical Society and the Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites to help promote Washington County, and this year's 4th Annual Museum Ramble.
The 4th Annual Washington County Museum Ramble is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 1-5pm, and Sunday, May 6, 2007 from 1-5pm. This special event is a self-guided tour of many of the museums throughout the county. Larger than last year's event, more than eighteen museums will be participating in this year's "Ramble." A good place to start the tour will be at the Visitors Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown. Coffee, juice and goodies will be available along with maps and souvenirs. Each participating museum will have events and exhibits, especially for The Ramble. The Washington County Association of Museums and Historical Sites (WCAMHS) and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau are sponsoring the Museum Ramble to provide a sample of some of the more than thirty museums in the county. Maps and directions to all the sites - as well as complimentary light refreshments - can be obtained at the Visitor Welcome Center, 6 North Potomac Street, Hagerstown. Some of the participating museums are private, and open only by appointment. Not only are visitors invited to view museum collections and learn about the various unique features of this extraordinary county, but most of the organizations have also planned special surprises to delight children of all ages.
For info visit www.marylandmemories.org/ramble and www.marylandmemories.org/museum.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com