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Wireman named Thurmont’s official Town Conductor and Historian

Stephanie Long

(6/19) On June 15, long-time Thurmont resident George Wireman was bestowed the honor of being named Thurmont’s official Town Conductor and Historian.

“It was quite a surprise,” Wireman said.

The event occurred at Thurmont’s first official summer concert which Wireman himself has been putting together since 1987 until he gave up the job last year. Wireman took the reins of the brass band himself, conduction the Spires Brass Band during the concert.

In addition to his interest in music, Wireman is an avid historian and has been for quite some time.

“Ever since I got out of high school, I became interested in history,” Wireman said.

Since then Wireman has immersed himself in local history and even published a book, in 1969, “Gateway to the Mountains”, about the history of the Thurmont. Wireman said he had always “been considered the town historian” but guessed that the town wanted to “make it official”. Although Wireman has a new title to go along with his passion for history, he isn’t going to slow down.

“I’m never giving up on that [history]. It’s very fascinating,” Wireman said, adding that he wants to continue to dig for interesting facts because “it’s important to pass on the information.”

In addition to being bestowed with the two titles and plaques, local artist Rebecca Pearl painted a painting of Memorial Park that Mayor Martin Burns presented to Wireman at the concert.

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