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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Books available from the Historical Society of Carroll County Maryland

Books available from the Historical Society of Carroll County
Historical Society of Carroll County
210 East Main Street, Westminster MD 21157
(410) 848-6494

Below are some of the most popular books available from the Historical Society.  Other titles are available in the Shop at Cockey's.
Beginning May 1, 2009, HSCC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.

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  • A Southern Star for Maryland: Maryland and the Secession Crisis By Lawrence Denton. Did Maryland freely choose to remain in the Union at the outbreak of the Civil War or was the state held by brute force? The author takes a fascinating look at the dilemmas faced by Marylanders during the tense days of 1860-1861.  $21.000   Return to top of page
  • An Illustrated Atlas of Carroll County, Maryland
    Reprint of the 1877 Edition with a Supplement of Biographical, Family, Business and Organization Sketches, 1993. A valuable resource for researching local history. The Atlas shows property owners in the 1877 election districts, towns, and villages. The supplement was compiled by donors to the Historical Society's Legacy Campaign. $40  Return to top of page
  • Antietam:  The Bloodiest Day of the Civil War
    By Warren D. Wenger.  A local historian examines the battle of South Mountain, the capture of Harper's Ferry and the bloody fighting along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland in September 1862.  $10 Return to top of page
  • The Building of Westminster in Maryland
    By Christopher Weeks. CD-ROM edition of the classic work on the history and growth of Westminster and its historic buildings. Illustrated and indexed. Expanded second edition; searchable. $15.00  Return to top of page
  • Carroll and Frederick County Canneries
    By Harry Conover and John H. Foertschbeck, Sr.  Canning was a major industry throughout the state of Maryland.  This book examines the many canning companies that existed in the central part of the state.  Using newspapers, industrial directories, labels and interviews with residents and historians, the authors have assembled information on 75 canning companies - 52 in Carroll County and 23 in Frederick County. Illustrated with b/w photographs and many full-color images of canning labels.  $24.95  Return to top of page
  • Carroll County and the Great War for Civilization, 1917-1919
    A Companion Publication to the Exhibition by the Historical Society of Carroll County. "Roll of Honor" with service records of more than 1100 Carroll County men and women who served in World War 1 and essays about Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry on the Mexican Border, civilian war work, military participation, soldiers' letters and reminiscences. $10  Return to top of page
  • Carroll County, MD, and Rural Free Delivery
    The inception of Rural Free Delivery was a significant development in postal history and provided a vital service for rural Americans.  Countywide delivery service, the first in the nation, began in Carroll County on December 20, 1899.  Issued in commemoration of the R.F.D. centennial, this book reprints the history of the R.F.D. system first published in 1956.  $8  Return to top of page
  • Carroll County Cemetery Records
    Published by the Carroll County Genealogical Society.  Provide transcriptions of tombstones from cemeteries across Carroll County.  Each volume covers a different region of the County.
    Volume 1:  Southeast
    Volume 2:  East-Central
    Volume 3:  Southwest
    Volume 4:  Northeast     $24.00
    Volume 5, Part I:  North Central
    Volume 5, Part II:  North Central
    Volume 5, Part III:  Westminster Cemetery  
    Volume 6:  West-Central
    Volume 7:  Northwest
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  • Carroll County Newspaper Wars:  Know-Nothings, Alms House Scandals and the Death of a Civil-War Editor
    By Jesse Glass, Jr..  The collision between the Know-Nothing party of Carroll County and newspaper editor Joseph Shaw resulted in a war of words that lasted from 1856 - 1859.  Shaw, editor of the Carroll County Democrat, published vicious attacks on Maryland politicians and was involved in unsavory political affairs.  Shaw, who became increasingly unpopular during the Civil War due to his strident advocacy of the Southern cause, paid the ultimate price for his beliefs when he was murdered by an angry mob in April 1865.  This examination of Shaw's fate is based largely on primary source materials.  $10  Return to top of page
  • Carroll County Physicians of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
    By Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. The history of the medical profession in Carroll County is portrayed by Dr. Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. Beginning with an introduction and reminiscence about changes in medical traditions, the book contains biographies of the academically trained physicians in each of Carroll County's communities. It also provides a section about the history of the Carroll County Medical Society and a listing of manuscript sources available for the study of Carroll County's doctors. $16  Return to top of page
  • Carroll County's Legacy (DVD)
    Produced by the Community Media Center, the one hour program explores the county's rich heritage by examining its people, communities, agriculture, business and industry, religion, transportation and education. It includes oral histories from local residents and descriptions of significant historical sites throughout Carroll County.  
    $30.00   Return to top of page
  • The Carroll Record Histories of Northwestern Carroll County Communities
    Edited by Joe Getty. This book contains community histories originally published in 1894-1895 by Preston B. Englar, Editor of the Taneytown "Carroll Record" newspaper in an effort to boost sales of the new paper. Included are histories of Taneytown, New Windsor, Linwood, Union Bridge, Double Pipe Creek (Detour), Uniontown, Middleburg, Middleburg District, Bruceville, Trevanion, Harney, Keysville, York Road (Keymar) and McKinstry's Mills. Each was written by a respected member of the community and much of the information presented by them can not be found in other local history sources. $25  Return to top of page
  • Carroll's Heritage--Essays on the Architecture of a Piedmont Maryland County
    By Joe Getty. What is fact and what is fiction about the early history of Carroll County? Popular beliefs about 18th century life in this region are sometimes part of a mythology that gives an inaccurate view of our past. Using early buildings as a documentary resource, these essays show how the settlers established farmsteads using the vernacular architectural traditions of the Pennsylvania German and Tidewater English cultures. Geography, log construction techniques, and ethnic customs influenced the details of these early buildings. Homes of the Winchester, Erb, Haines, Royer, Arter, Frizzel and other local families are described. Out of these traditions, a regional farmhouse style evolved that dominated the architecture of the 19th century. This book is an illustrated guide to this pattern of architectural development and provides insight about the daily life of the early settlers. $12  Return to top of page
  • Childhood Playthings
    Special limited edition companion to the Childhood Playthings exhibit, this full-color poster highlights several of the toys and dolls featured in the exhibit. $12  Return to top of page
  • The Civil War in Maryland
    By Daniel Carroll Toomey.  A chronology of the war in the Old Line State, from John Brown's emergence in western Maryland in 1859 to the Lincoln funeral procession through the streets of Baltimore in 1865, this volume covers the major and minor military engagements on land and water as well as many political events.  Hardcover, illustrated.  $19.95  
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  • Climbing Your Family TreeBy Ira Wolfman.  A complete guide for the ancestor detective, this new volume explains how to conduct an interview; how to track down ships' manifests, naturalization records, birth and marriage certificates and other records; how to compile a family tree; and how to use resources available on the internet. $13.95  Return to top of page
  • David Shriver, 1735 - 1826:  Pioneer & Patriot of Piedmont Maryland
    By George Donald Riley, Jr.  The story of David Shriver, son of a German immigrant, who settled in Frederick (now Carroll) County in 1760 and became a founding father of the German American farmers in piedmont Maryland.  David served in the Maryland militia during the American Revolution.  In 1776, he was elected to the constitutional convention creating a constitution and bill of rights for Maryland.  He later served many years in the Maryland General Assembly as a delegate and senator.  Includes ancestral chart, maps, tables and endnotes.  Hardcover; 200 pages; indexed; illustrated.  $27.50  Return to top of page
  • The Forgotten Corner:  A History of Oakland MillBy Diana Mills Scott.  Based on years of research, this book presents the fascinating tale of the Oakland Woolen Mill, the town it supported and the drowning of both under the waters of Liberty Reservoir.  The author made extensive use of archival sources but also interviewed several of the town's last residents. Illustrated with over 100 photos, indexed.  $22  Return to top of page
  • 50 Years of Service:  A History of Westminster Consumer Co-op
    By Phil Grout.  During the Great Depression, a group of Carroll County farmers pooled their resources to sell each other groceries.  Word quickly spread of the little grocery in a farm house on the Taneytown Road.  From this small beginning grew a Carroll County tradition.  $5  Return to top of page
  • Ghost of Legh Furnace
    By George Donald Riley, Jr.  For over two centuries, ghost stories prevailed in Frederick and later Carroll County, Maryland, describing the evil deeds of Legh Master. He allegedly pushed one of his slaves into a blast furnace during a jealous rage. Legh Master appeared at night riding his gray horse through the woods with a white sheet over his head and shoulders yelling “stick stuck,” scaring his neighbors.  Riley examines Legh Master’s life and character to determine if he really deserves the sinister reputation history has bestowed upon him.  $15  Return to top of page
  • Ghosts and Legends of Carroll County, Maryland
    Compiled by Jesse Glass, Jr.  A spellbinding collection of stories native to Carroll County, this volume ranges from quaint tales to terrifying ghost stories.  Includes the tale of Carroll County's most infamous resident, Legh Master, the saga of Westminster's Opera House ghost, the legend of "God's Well," the mystery of Silver Run's haunted silver mine and others.  $5  Return to top of page
  • Hampstead: The Way It Was
    By Bob Porterfield.  This book by photographer and collector Bob Porterfield takes the reader on a walk through the past in historic Hampstead and its surrounding communities.  Filled with many historic photographs, the book will inspire long-time residents to reminisce and give newcomers a history of their home.  Softcover; 226 pages; indexed.  $28   Return to top of page
  • The Hidden Muse
    By Jesse Glass, Jr.  An anthology of the works 19th century poets from Carroll County, Md., The Hidden Muse provides a glimpse into the hearts and minds of small town America in the years before, during and immediately after the Civil War.  Includes works by Emma Alice Browne (a contemporary of Emily Dickinson) and P.M. Deshong, a mysterious Gothic writer who disappeared in 1848.  $11.95  Return to top of page
  • History and Roster of Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-5, Volumes 1-3  [CD-ROM]Volume One lists all of the troops accredited to the quota of the State of Maryland. Volume Two lists all of the sailors, marines and colored troops from Maryland who served in the Union army or navy. A brief history of each regiment, battery, company and battalion is included along with the rosters of officers and troops.  Includes a detailed index encompassing both volumes.  $29.95   Return to top of page
  • History of Western Maryland [CD-ROM]By J. Thomas Scharf.  The classic history of the area now comprising the counties of Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, Garrett, and Montgomery, surveys the periods of the French and Indian War, the Revolution and the War of 1812 (including lists of early soldiers, settlers, voters, and public officials) and continues with biographies, narrative histories and extensive lists of people, places, and events.  $28.00  Return to top of page
  • Images of America:  Carroll County
    By Catherine Baty.  Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, this volume presents a photographic history of Carroll County.  Chapters on Westminster, Hampstead, Manchester, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Sykesville, Taneytown and Union Bridge cover the growth of the County's incorporated towns.  Another chapter deals with the smaller communities around the county.  Includes 192 photographs from the collection of the Historical Society and heritage groups from across the county.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99  Return to top of page
  • Images of America: Farming in Carroll County
    By Lyndi McNulty.  Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, this volume presents the story of Carroll County’s farm families through their photographs.  Softcover, 128 pages. $21.99
  • Images of America: Frederick County
    Frederick County, a crossroads of American history, boasts some of the major building blocks of our country - the National Road, the C&O Canal and the B&O Railroad.  This book, featuring images from the collection of the Historical Society of Frederick County, illustrates the lives of the people of Frederick County from the daily chores on a farm, to urban pastimes, to dramatic events such as Confederate troops marching through Frederick and the inaugural run of the Frederick & Middletown Railway.  Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99  
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  • Images of America: Frederick County Revisited
    This second volume on Frederick County includes historic images of major events such as fires and floods but also presents scenes of the organizations, students, sports teams, congregations and businesses that contributed to the County's growth and development.  Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99  
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  • Images of America:  Sykesville
    By Bill Hall.  Take a glimpse into the history of the town of Sykesville along the banks of the Patapsco River in southern Carroll County.  From the arrival of the B&O Railroad's "Old Main Line" in 1831, to 19th century copper mines, to the construction of the Springfield Hospital complex in the 1890s the town has a colorful story to tell.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99  Return to top of page
  • Images of America:  Taneytown
    Edited by Tyler J. Boone.  Part of the Arcadia Press Images of America series this volume presents the history of one of Carroll County's oldest communities through photographs.  The book features 200 images of the city from the HSCC collection and private collectors.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $19.99  Return to top of page
  • Images of America: Westminster
    By Catherine Baty.  Part of the Arcadia Press Images of America series this new volume presents the history of one of the Carroll County seat.  The almost 200 images include street scenes, public buildings, businesses, school, homes, churches, events and organizations.  Softcover, 128 pages.  $21.99   Return to top of page
  • Index of Carroll County Names--Carroll County, Maryland
    Alphabetical listing of names on the 1862 Martenet's Map of Carroll County and the 1877 Lake, Griffing & Stevenson Atlas of Carroll County. This publication is a handy reference to the names of families located in Carroll County during the mid-19th century. $7.50  Return to top of page
  • The Johnson-Gimor Raid, July 9-13, 1864
    By Daniel Carroll Toomey.  During the Monocacy campaign of 1864, two Marylanders - Gen. Bradley T. Johnson and Major Harry W. Gilmor - led their Confederate troops on a daring mission to free the 15,000 Confederate prisoners being held at Point Lookout and then join Gen. Jubal Early in his attack on Washington.  Toomey examines the prison at Point Lookout and the evolution of the plan to free its inmates.  $5  Return to top of page
  • Just South of Gettysburg: Carroll County, Maryland in the Civil War, Personal Accounts and Descriptions of a Maryland Border County, 1861-1865 
    Dr. Frederick Shriver Klein presents eyewitness accounts of Civil War events in Carroll County drawn from letters, diaries, newspapers, official records, and personal reminiscences. Carroll County was occupied by Union and Confederate troops during the Antietam, Gettysburg, and Monocacy Campaigns. Includes a map of troop movements through Carroll County during the Gettysburg Campaign.  $28  Return to top of page
  • The Kindred Venturers:  The History and Genealogy of Peter Barnes
    By Shirley Moore Barnes.  The Barnes and their allied families were ordinary people who left few records of their lives.  The were not prominent families or public officials who had volumes written about their lives and exploits.  The author has compiled the results of years of research on Peter Barnes (1744-1814) and the related families - Bevington, Buckmaster, Graham, Howard, Inman, Porter, Shipley, Springer and Warner - in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.  Hardcover; 426 pages; indexed; illustrated.  $25  Return to top of page
  • Legacy of the Land
    By Carol Lee. This publication traces the history of agricultural enterprise in Carroll County. It documents many of the farm traditions and a way of life that is quickly disappearing from the Carroll County landscape of today. It includes vignettes written by Carroll Countians that describe special characteristics and unique features of our county's agrarian heritage.
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  • Make Room for Sentiment: A Physician's Story
    By Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. This autobiography of Theodore E. Woodward, M.D. traces his childhood in Westminster through his distinguished service with the U.S. Typhus Commission during WWII to his role as Chair of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine.$25  Return to top of page
  • Martenet's Map of Carroll County, Maryland (1862)
    This 35 inch by 38 inch map is a quality reproduction of the original produced in 1862 by the Simon J. Martenet Company of Baltimore, Maryland. It depicts Carroll County with its election districts and identifies house owners and businesses, as well as mills, schools, and other buildings. It is also an invaluable reference tool for genealogists, history buffs, and others interested in the history of Piedmont Maryland. $12  Return to top of page
  • Maryland: A Middle Temperament
    By Robert Brugger.  explores the ironies, contradictions, and compromises that give "America's oldest border state" its special character. Extensively illustrated and accompanied by bibliography, maps, charts, and tables, Robert Brugger's vivid account of the state's political, economic, social, and cultural heritage - from the outfitting of Cecil Calvert's expedition to the opening of Baltimore's Harborplace - is rich in the issues and personalities that make up Maryland's story and explain its "middle temperament."  864 pages  illustrated, indexed.  $30  Return to top of page
  • Maryland Voices of the Civil War
    By Charles W. Mitchell, editor.  The American Civil War divided families, friends and communities.  Maryland, a vital border state, exemplifies the divisions within the nation.  The editor draws upon letters, diaries and newspapers - many previously unpublished - to illustrate the feeling of the people caught in the war.  From merchants to slaves, soldiers to politicians, women and children to civic leaders, Maryland's citizens tell their stories in their own words.  Hardcover, 548 pages, illustrated.  $35  Return to top of page
  • Maryland's First Black State Treasurer
    By Timothy A. Dixon.  Richard Dixon is a Carroll County native son who served as State Treasurer from 1996 to 2002. In this position elected by the General Assembly, he was the first elected Constitutional officer from Carroll County in 100 years.  Mr. Dixon was also delegate for Carroll County to the State Legislature’s House of Delegates from 1983 to 1996. This book, written by Dixon's son, is a wonderful story about a beloved Carroll County resident.  116 pages.  $16  Return to top of page
  •  Marylanders in Blue: The Artillery and the Cavalry
    By Daniel Carroll Toomey and Charles Albert Earp.  Contains information on the organization and operation of light artillery and the composition of a cavalry regiment.  Includes a history of each Maryland artillery battery and cavalry regiment. Includes photographs of soldiers from these units and their equipment.  Hardbound, indexed.  $24.95  Return to top of page
  •  Monocacy:  The Defeat That Saved Washington, DC
    By Warren D. Wenger.  A local historian examines the 1864 battle near Frederick, Maryland in which 
    Union forces under General Lew Wallace delayed General Jubal Early’s Confederate troops on their drive to Washington. $6.50  Return to top of page
  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4 - 14, 1863
    By Eric J. Wittenberg, J. David Petruzzi and Michael F. Nugent.  In the aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg, Robert E. Lee faced the daunting task of withdrawing his battered army through Maryland and across the Potomac. George Meade and his Army of the Potomac faced an equally difficult task - intercept and destroy the Confederate force.  This book examines how Meade attempted to intercept the fleeing Confederate army and how Lee managed to successfully maneuver his 17-mile wagon train of wounded back to Virginia.  Drawing on documents, letters, diaries and newspaper accounts, the book includes dozens of photographs, 18 original maps and driving tours complete with GPS coordinates.  Hardcover, 519 pages, indexed, illustrated.  $34.95 Return to top of page
  • Photographers & Photographs of Carroll County, 1840-1940
    By Bob Porterfield.  Based on years of research, this volume examines the talented men and women who recorded Carroll County’s visual history.  This lavishly illustrated study includes an overview of photography in Carroll County, biographies of many local photographers and examples of their work, an alphabetical listing of Carroll County photographers and an explanation of types of historic photographs.  Softcover, 141 pages, indexed, illustrated.
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  • Place Names of MarylandBy Hamill Kenny.  This study of Maryland place names from Accident to Zittelstown is loaded with   fascinating examples of the state’s Indian and ethnic (English, French, Scottish, Irish and German) traditions.  $22.50  Return to top of page
  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to GettysburgBy Eric J. Wittenberg and J. David Petruzzi.  What really happened on Stuart's ride?  Were his choices wise?  Did he disobey Lee's orders and strip the Confederate army of its eyes and ears?  Was he to blame for the fighting that broke out at Gettysburg?  The authors examine the facts of Stuart's ride, its consequences and the intense debate that rages to this day.  Includes a driving tour of the route of Stuart's ride. Hardcover.  $32.95  Return to top of page
  • Roads to GettysburgBy John Schildt.  This revised and greatly expanded edition of the 1978 classic (out of print for 25 years) follows the Union Army of the Potomac and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia as they journey across the Maryland landscape en route to their fateful meeting at Gettysburg.  The book tells the epic story of hardship and endurance not only of the soldiers, but also of the civilians who lived along the roads traveled by the armies.  $20  Return to top of page
  • Roads From Gettysburg
    By John Schildt.  Hundreds of books have been written about the battle of Gettysburg but little has been written about the retreat.  The ten days of fighting as the Army of Northern Virginia made its way back to the Potomac could have spelled the end for the Confederate force.  Schildt lets the soldiers and civilians tell the story as the Army of the Potomac pursues Lee's troops from the fields of Pennsylvania to the banks of the Potomac River.  $9.95  
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  • The Robertson Family of Carroll County, Maryland 1837-1987
    By Harold Jesse Robertson.  John Robertson operated a tavern just east of Westminster at the time Carroll County was established in 1837.  This volume examines John Robertson, his wife Margaret and their descendants from 1837 through 1986.  The book was "written by a Carroll County Robertson and the contents were organized and presented for the Robertsons and associated families who have their roots in Carroll County.  Hardcover; 319 pages; indexed; illustrated.  $25  Return to top of page
  • Selections from the Westminster Anthology
    By Jesse Glass.  A collection of poems based on historical events that took place in and around Carroll County in the 18th and 19th centuries. $1.50 Return to top of page
  •  Spangled Banner
    A well-known biography about Carroll County's most famous native son--Francis Scott Key. The childhood of Key at Terra Rubra, near Keymar in Carroll County is described. Francis Scott Key's work in composing the National Anthem during the bombardment of Fort McHenry as well as his political activism in his later years, are detailed in this biography. $5.50  Return to top of page
  • Too Afraid to Cry: Maryland Civilians in the Antietam Campaign
    By Kathleen Ernst.  
    Facing the aftermath of the bloody battle of Antietam were the men, women and children living in the village of Sharpsburg and on surrounding farms. Ernst is the first to study the battle from the civilians’ point of view and recounts the dramatic experiences of these Maryland citizens. 
    $19.95   Return to top of page
  •  Tours of Duty:  Carroll County and the Vietnam WarBy Gary D. Jestes and Jay A. Graybeal.  The authors present the stories of Carroll County’s unsung heroes who served their country during the Vietnam War.  Includes biographical sketches, soldiers’ letters, a roster of servicemen, a bibliography of contemporary newspaper articles about the war.  $29   Return to top of page
  • Under Two Flags
    By David Shriver Lovelace.  A sixth-generation Shriver descendent documents the Civil War activities of the descendents of David Shriver, Sr., who settled along Little Pipe Creek near Westminster, Maryland in the 1760s.  As the family grew, its members spread to Westminster, Frederick, Union Mills and Cumberland, Maryland, as well as Wheeling, Virginia.  As divided as the country, Shrivers served on both sides in the Civil War.  $14.95  Return to top of page
  • Western Maryland:  Springboard of the Union Army to Gettysburg
    By Warren D. Wenger.  A local historian examines the journey of the Union Army of the Potomac through Maryland to Gettysburg and its fateful meeting with Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.  $10  Return to top of page
  • What Did They Mean By That?  A Dictionary of Historical and Genealogical TermsBy Paul Drake.  Those doing historical research face a host of challenges.  One of the most frequently encountered but least mentioned is the change in the English language as old terms slowly fade away and new ones take their place.  This book is an invaluable tool for anyone who has ever been puzzled by terms such as chirurgeon, nappery or victualer that were once common but can not be found in modern dictionaries.  Hardcover, illustrated.  $30  Return to top of page
  • William Winchester 1711-1790
    A monograph about the Founder of Westminster, Maryland, by Emma Shelton.
    A biographical history of William Winchester, one of Piedmont Maryland's 18th century settlers and founder of Westminster in 1764. His life can be viewed as a microcosm of the life of the successful landholder-speculator who thrived in the "golden age of colonial culture."  $15  Return to top of page
  • Woodbine on the B&O
    By John Foertschbeck. 
    This collection of photographs, personal recollections, and anecdotes covers to the Woodbine area of  Carroll County.  The book deals with the railroad, businesses, farming, schools, churches and sports.  $24.95   Return to top of page
  •  1916 Atlas of Carroll County, MarylandReprint of an original atlas, volume includes district maps and alphabetical listing of rural landowners and permanent tenants.  Published by the Carroll County Genealogical Society.  $15  Return to top of page
  • Maryland German Church Records
    A series of translations of 18th century German church records in Maryland. Series Editor: Frederick S. Weiser. One of the most valuable genealogical resources for German families residing in Piedmont Maryland is the church records of the 18th century congregations. These records are sometimes the only source that provides information about family members. Many thousands of German people lived alongside the British settlers of North America in nearly all of the colonies which became the United States of America. The primary source of genealogical information about them is the records kept by the pastors of the Lutheran and the Reformed churches.

    Following a custom set down in the midst of the continental Reformation controversy, the clergy recorded births and baptisms, marriages, persons who were confirmed, persons who announced themselves for and then received Holy Communion, and deaths and burials. Many of these church records are not readily accessible to genealogists or the general public. Some are stored in church vaults or historical libraries where they are rarely shown to the public because of their fragile condition. Furthermore, the information concealed in these records is frequently difficult for the layman to interpret because of poor handwriting and the idiosyncrasies of the German language used in this country. Some of the church records in this series have never before been translated, while others have inaccurate or misleading translations.

    Even though they include far from all the vital records of that part of the population they served, these German church records are a remarkable source of information. To make the riches of this now almost totally unavailable body of data from German churches in Maryland easily accessible and useful to researchers, a series of these records is being published. Each will be issued with an introduction, a comprehensive index, and occasional pertinent illustrations.
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    Price of the Maryland German Church Records Series:
    Volumes sold separately,  $18 (each)

    Volume 1: 

    Records of the Christ Reformed Church, Middletown, Frederick County, 1770-1840

    Volume 2:

    Records of the Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown, Frederick County, 1781-1826Volume 3:
    Monocacy Lutheran Congregation and Evangelical Lutheran Church Baptisms 1742-1779, Frederick, Frederick County
    Volume 4: 
    Evangelical Lutheran Church Baptisms 1780-1811, Frederick, Frederick County
    Volume 5:
    Records of the Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, Frederick County, 1746-1789
    Volume 6:
    Records of the Evangelical Reformed Church, Frederick, Frederick County,  1790-1825

    Volume 7:

    Saint Mary's Church, Silver Run, Carroll County, Lutheran Records 1784-1863, Reformed Records 1812-1866

    Volume 8:

    Saint Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church "Winter's Church", 1784-1884, Carroll County
    Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1788-1841, Taneytown, Carroll County
    Emanuel Church "Baust Church", near Tyrone, Carroll County
    Lutheran and Reformed records, 1792-1849

    Volume 9:

    Pipe Creek Church, Benjamin's, St. Benjamin's or Krider's Church, near Westminster, Carroll County
    Reformed Records 1766-1835
    Lutheran Records 1767-1837
    Jerusalem, Bachman's or Bauer's Church, Bachman Valley, Carroll County, Lutheran Records 1799-1881

    Volume 10: 

    Zion Church "The German Church", Manchester, Carroll County
    Today,Trinity United Church of Christ, Records 1760-1836
    Immanuel Lutheran Church, Records 1760-1853

    Volume 11: 

    Apple's Lutheran and Reformed Church, near Thurmont, Frederick County, 1773-1849; Union Lutheran & Reformed Church, Creagerstown, Frederick County, 1789-1863
    Volume 12: 
    Zion Evangelical and Reformed Church, Hagerstown, Washington County, 1771-1849

    Volume 13
    St. Johns' Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Washington County, 1770-1819
    Volume 14:
    German Reformed Church, Baltimore, Baltimore County (now First and St. Stephen's Church, United Church of Christ), 1786-1802
    Volume 16:
    St. Peter's Lutheran, near Woodsboro, 1767-1854; Glade Reformed, Walkersville, 1769-1836
    Mt. Zion Lutheran and Reformed, near Keymar, 1798-1834
    Volume 17:
    Salem Reformed Church, United Church of Christ, west of Hagerstown, Washington County, 1770–1823; Jerusalem Union Church Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, Funkstown, Washington County, 1773–1840; St. Paul’s Union Church Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, near Clearspring, Washington County, 1788–1853; Jacob’s Lutheran Church, near Leitersburg, Washington County, 1791 – 1860
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Last updated: December 17, 2010
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The Mockingbird’s Song
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The reclusive and enigmatic childhood friend of Truman Capote, Harper Lee, celebrated a birthday yesterday. She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama.

Malaysian Wedding – Part 3
Tom McLaughlin
Seremban, Malaysia – I returned to the groom’s home after a refreshing sleep. To my surprise, a ceremony was in progress. I thought I had it down about Malay weddings, but this part was not in my file.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Overwhelming Majority
Roy Meachum
At the end of his first 100 days on the job, a significant poll indicates President Barack Obama receives approval from an overwhelming majority of his fellow Americans. Sixty-three percent voted in his favor, 36 percent did not, in a survey paid for by The Washington Post and ABC-TV.

Advice from The Voice of Experience – Part 3
Nick Diaz
Alas, my third installment on buying a used motorcycle, one of my favorite activities. Buying a used motorcycle, as I’ve mentioned before, is much more fun than selling one.

Monday, April 27, 2009
General Assembly Journal 2009 – Volume 12-Part 2
Richard B. Weldon Jr.
Last week, we started a review of the fallout from the just completed General Assembly session. Let's pick up where we left off.

While you were out…
Steven R. Berryman
If you blinked at the wrong moment over the last few weeks, and rely solely on one part of the media paradigm for your news, you may have missed any of these following items. Not necessarily because of media-bias, but simply because we only have so much time and tolerance for added information in our lives:

Friday, April 24, 2009
"Turtle" Jennifer
Roy Meachum
Aside from her declaration on City Hall steps, ex-mayor Jennifer Dougherty seems to have disappeared. What a difference from her recent campaigns!

If you ain’t the lead dog…
Joe Charlebois
President George W. Bush led. President William Jefferson Clinton led. Presidents George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan led. No matter what your opinion of our last four presidents in regard to their policies, they were leaders.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
George Santayana was correct…
Chris Cavey
Maryland’s political landscape is showing the pre-revolutionary signs of change. Just over a week ago, thousands of voting citizens took to the streets in the cold damp April rain to show their disgust in government’s rampant spending and to exercise their right to assemble in protest.

You’ve Found Your Voice. Use it!
Joan McIntyre
I’m guessing that by the time this article makes it to print there will others already out there about the Tea Party. I also suspect there will be as many different angles to that day as there will be stories.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
‘Smiling Faces…’
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On Monday a smiling President Barack Obama stopped by CIA headquarters for the first time since taking office. It was a charm offensive to give the agency a pep talk to help stave off low morale issues.

In the Face of Tragedy…
Michael Kurtianyk
On Sunday morning, I heard the church bells ring as I went to get the morning papers. I wanted to make sure that I picked them up before my 7-year-old daughters got to them. I knew what the headlines were going to be, and I didn’t want daughters to read the headlines before my wife and I had a chance to talk and prepare for that conversation.

A Malay Wedding – Part Two
Tom McLaughlin
Seremban, Malaysia – It’s the day before the celebration. Nazir’s son picked me up at the airport and I feigned I knew him, faking it most of the way. The marble finally dropped into the correct location in the brain and I realized who he was and could participate in the conversation instead of stupidly nodding my head.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Selling Newspapers?
Roy Meachum
"State of Play" opened this weekend; the film will be discussed with Bob Miller on his WFMD "Morning Express" Friday. Its’ message about modern newspapering burns in my mind and cannot wait another three days.

A Call to Arms…
Farrell Keough
I had the privilege of attending the Frederick County Tea Party. While neither man will accept the credit, great thanks goes out to Blaine Young and Bob Miller of WFMD radio, 930 A.M. That attendance on such an awful day to be outside was remarkable!

Monday, April 20, 2009
General Assembly Journal 2009 – Volume 12
Richard B. Weldon Jr.
The General Assembly Department of Legislative Services produces a document each year summarizing the legislative session. This year, I thought I’d produce my own right here on The Tentacle.

Because Hope is not a Method
Steven R. Berryman
My name is Steve, and I’m a “right-wing extremist.” That’s how I would start an “AA” meeting if those letters stood for “activists anonymous!”

20090429 This week in The Tentacle

Journalists Berryman Steve, Journalists Keough Farrell, People Cavey-Chris, Journalists Charlebois Joe, Journalists McLaughlin Tom, Journalists Meachum Roy, Journalists Diaz Nick, People Weldon-Richard, Journalists McIntyre Joan, Journalists Kurtianyk Michael,

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Carole King “It’s Too Late” released April 1971

Carole King “It’s Too Late” released April 1971

This version here is from the 1971 album…

The song came up in my April 29, 2009 The Tentacle column, “The Mockingbird’s Song

The reclusive and enigmatic childhood friend of Truman Capote, Harper Lee, celebrated a birthday yesterday. She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama…

Carole King

Album: Tapestry

Song's name: It's Too Late

Song info: Lyrics and Music: Toni Stern and Carole King feat. Dina Carroll


Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time
There's something wrong here
There can be no denying
One of us is changing
Or maybe we've just stopped trying

And it's too late baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it

It used to be so easy living here with you
You were light and breezy
And I knew just what to do
Now you look so unhappy
And I feel like a fool

And it's too late baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died
and I can't hide it
And I just can't fake it

There'll be good times again for me and you
But we just can't stay together
Don't you feel it too
Still I'm glad for what we had
And how I once loved you

But it's too late baby, now it's too late
Though we really did try to make it
Something inside has died and I can't hide
And I just can't fake it

Don't you know that I...
I just can't fake it
Oh it's too late my baby
Too late my baby
You know
It's too late my baby

19710400 Carole King Its Too Late released April 1971

SDOSM 20090429

Kevin Dayhoff: Westminster Maryland Online

Friday, March 6, 2009

Annual Random House Carroll Community College Book Fair article by Bob Allen

New chapter for books, community college By Bob Allen

Random House Book Fair also includes movies

Posted on on 3/04/09

Steven Wantz, executive director of the Carroll Community College Foundation, describes the Random House Book Fair, held on the Westminster college campus for the past 11 years, as both a fund-raising and a friend-raising event.

"Over the past 12 years, it has raised over $200,000," Wantz said of the fair, which takes place Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7.

Proceeds from the two-day fair provide scholarships and financial aid to the college's students. In recent years, the fair has drawn about 3,500 people to the campus.

"It's an opportunity for people who have never been on our campus -- or who don't get here very often — to come out and get a peek at an institution that our county commissioners have described as 'the gem of Carroll County,' " Wantz said.

"People can come out and see what's changed and what's new here," he added. "Elements of the book fair (see related article "Books are back in town" for full schedule) are spread throughout the campus, so they get to see what's going on around the college."

Wantz said that in the past five or six years, he and his colleagues at the foundation have gone to great lengths to make the fair a family-oriented event. The Saturday schedule, for example, features a children's activities area ($2), and free events including story times, science presentations and even free children's books, while supplies last.

The emphasis, he said, is "creating a passion for reading in young people."

"There are so many activities this year for young families that you'll need at least a couple of hours to experience the whole thing," he added.

"We're hoping that at this point of the winter, people are fed up with being stuck at home and will come spend the day with us," Wantz said.

In recent years, one of the fair's most successful draws is the Friday night movie at the college's Scott Theater. This year, the Walt Disney movie "Bolt," will be featured — twice.

"We actually sold out and had to turn people away from the movie for the past two years," Wantz recalled. "So this year, we're having two showings, one at 4 p.m. and another at 7 p.m.

"Also, 'Bolt' isn't out yet on DVD, so you can come out to the college and still see it on the big screen," he added.

Wantz said it's yet another barometer of the book fair's appeal that many authors and vendors return year after year.

One of these is John Hoffert, a Hanover, Pa., resident who has written several thrillers, including "The Zero Factor," "Aphrodite's Redemption" and "The Time of Reckoning" — part of what he calls "The Lion" Series.

Hoffert has rented a table and been selling and signing copies of his books at the fair every year for the past five, and he'll be back again this year.

"It's a really good venue, and ... they don't charge vendors an exorbitant up-front fee," said Hoffert, who hopes to finish the latest novel in the Lion Series, "Pyrrhic Victory: The Lion's Wrath," later this year. (For an excerpt, visit

"As book fairs go, it's just the right size," he added. "I was at a really big book fair in Philadelphia not too long ago, and there were hoards of people, but most of them had come to see the big-name writers. Independents like me really did get lost in the shuffle.

"It's definitely much friendlier — and much more manageable," he said.

20090304 Random House Book Fair article by Bob Allen
Kevin Dayhoff
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