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TANEYTOWN HISTORY MUSEUM GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING

TANEYTOWN HISTORY MUSEUM
GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING

APRIL 30, 2016 11:00 A.M.

The Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association, Inc. will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the History Museum at the new location, 340 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown, Md. with a weekend of celebration. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 11:00 a.m. with the museum remaining open until 4 p.m. The museum will also be open on Sunday, May 1st,
1:00 - 4:00 p.m

The kickoff for the grand opening and ribbon cutting will begin promptly at 11 a.m. There will be
some brief remarks by some local dignitaries. Following the remarks, the museum will officially be open to the public. There is no charge for admission. Volunteers and Docents will be available to
answer questions and as guides as you tour the new museum.

Today is a new beginning for the History Museum, and in August 2016 will be the 12 year anniversary. Some brief history of the museum's beginning existence. What began as a dream by the late George B. Crouse and George Naylor to initiate plans to develop a history museum came to fruition in 2004 when they negotiated a lease with the City of Taneytown for a building owned by the city. Modifications were made to the building and the museum officially opened at 24 E. Baltimore Street in 2004 in time for the 250th Taneytown Anniversary. The museum obtained non-profit status with the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

In 2012 the museum had to close as the lease was about to expire and accessibility standards had been cited. All exhibits that were on loan to the museum were returned to their owners and furniture and supplies placed in storage.

In 2013 the Taneytown Heritage Committee and Taneytown History Museum were aware they shared common interests, goals and many of the same members. The Museum Committee and Heritage Committee merged in 2014 and with a new name, The Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association, Inc. TH&MA, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

In October 2013 a benefactor came forward with a gift for the property at 340 East Baltimore Street. This was a very well maintained home and had historic significance as it was formerly the home of the Taneytown Hudson car dealership. Immediately plans were being made for renovations to make a safe and accessible facility for all to house the museum. Architects were consulted, contracts were awarded for renovations and over the many months the museum renovations have been completed including addition of an accessibility ramp, new parking lot, landscaping, many updates both inside and outside the property and many other features.

TH&MA is an entirely volunteer community project. Many hours of research, planning, meetings and setting up exhibits have been involved. This new and improved museum has been in the making for the past 2 years and it is well worth the wait. The volunteers have been working day and night to prepare the museum. Nearly all of the artifacts on display are on loan to the museum. The museum has a reference library and collects and preserves paper memorabilia and ephemera that pertains to Taneytown and the surrounding area.

Light refreshments will be available along with a souvenir for each person. As this was the home at one time of a Hudson car dealership we are pleased to have a Hudson car on display at the museum property on April 30.

Parking is available at the Northwest Middle School which adjoins the museum property. There is a walkway from the school property. The address for parking is 99 Kings Drive which can be accessed from E. Baltimore Street to Trevanion Road at the light. Kings Drive will be on the left. For those needing accessible parking there is designated parking at the museum property.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy this very special historic event for the museum and the Taneytown community.

For additional information on the Taneytown Heritage & Museum Association, Inc. visit
our website - www.taneytownhh.org. History Museum telephone number 443-918-8687

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