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Action-A-Day 8/6 - Service Sunday

Get Involved at a Local Museum

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
— Mahatma Gandhi


Consider what history will say about us and whether we can make a difference now to affect that narrative. Taking Ghandi’s quote to heart, can we combine our passion and determination to make for a more positive outcome? We need not be mentioned by name in the history books, but like the French storming the Bastille we can be remembered because we made a difference together as one.

Victor Hugo wrote, “One cannot be a good historian of the outward, visible world without giving some thought to the hidden, private life of ordinary people; and on the other hand, one cannot be a good historian of this inner life without taking into account outward events where these are relevant. They are two orders of fact which reflect each other, which are always linked and which sometimes provoke each other.”

What do we find when we look back at the lives of Carroll County's ordinary people? Can we look to their past and learn from it? How is preserving and displaying the local history of ordinary Carroll Countians important to a healthy community? And is volunteering with a history museum worthwhile when there are so many other needs and concerns?

I think discovering local history is important, because we learn how and why Carroll County has developed into the community it is today. Our history museums promote local culture and community by bringing people together over a common heritage. The best history museums provide all sides of history, even the less admirable stories, so we can analyze our progress, and resolve to do better.

Our local history museums and historical societies are often in need of volunteers and other assistance. On this Service Sunday, I urge you to investigate our local history and heritage. Just patronizing our museums and recommending them to others is helpful, because they can only make an impact if they reach the public. And many museums depend on volunteers for day-to-day existence or special events. If you’re interested in getting involved that way, it’s a very rewarding experience and much appreciated.

The Historical Society of Carroll County has recently called for volunteers. Visit their website to learn how to become a volunteer:

Here’s a list of all the local history museums and their contact information, so you can visit or get in touch to learn more about them and their needs.

Carroll County Farm Museum
500 South Center Street, Westminster, MD | 410-386-3880

Historical Society of Carroll County
210 East Main Street, Westminster, MD | 410-848-6494

Historical Society of Mount Airy Museum
Flatiron Building, 2 Park Avenue, Mount Airy, MD | 301-142-1424

New Windsor Museum
207 Main Street, New Windsor, MD | 410-635-2602 | 410-848-2275

Strawbridge Shrine
2650 Strawbrige Lane, New Windsor, MD |410-635-2600

Sykesville Colored Schoolhouse
518 Schoolhouse Road, Sykesville, MD | 410-795-8959

Sykesville Gate House Museum
7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville, MD | 410-549-5150

Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association
340 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown, MD | 443-918-8687

Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill
3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD | 410-848-2288

Western Maryland Railway Museum
41 North Main Street, Union Bridge, MD |410-775-0150

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots
— Marcus Garvey