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Landmarks Foundation and Frederick Historical Society Collaborate on Historic Building Records Project

The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and the Historical Society of Frederick County announce the completion of a three-year project to create a research database on historic properties in Frederick County. Utilizing the records compiled through Landmarks' Historic Plaque Program, staff and volunteers of the Historical Society transferred information into a computer database on the Historical Society Library's information management system. The resulting database contains records on nearly 350 historic properties in Frederick County. The records include a physical description and historical background on each property, as well as accompanying documentation such as land records and photographs.

In recognition of the completion of this significant endeavor, both organizations are hosting an open house and demonstration at the Historical Society of Frederick County's Library at 24 E. Church Street in Frederick, on Saturday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to stop by to see how this resource will be used to support research on historic properties and the people associated with them.

"This project provides an excellent example of the positive results of collaboration and the sharing of resources," said Historical Society Executive Director, Mark Hudson. In addition to developing the database, the Historical Society is serving as the repository for the original records. According to the Historical Society's Librarian, Marie Washburn, “The project allows us to preserve and disseminate the important information contained in these records." "It will provide us a useful resource for assisting property owners, historians and genealogists," she added.

The Landmarks Plaques Record database will available at the Historical Society of Frederick County Library. The Library is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information about this project or other resources for historical research, contact Marie Washburn at 301-663-1188 or library@hsfcinfo.org.