Gate House Museum hosts summer series and invites visitors to its 'attic'

SYKESVILLE — The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History is hosting a free summer family series on select Sunday afternoons on the museum grounds, 7283 Cooper Drive, Sykesville.

The free hour-long programs held began last weekend, and the next will be held July 8, 2-3 p.m., wit the title, "A Confederate Soldier's Story. Visitors will hear about the Civil War from ""Sergeant Smith," a reenactor portraying a soldier with the Confederate Army. The presentation will offer an interactive discussion on uniform, weapons and what it was like serving in General Robert E. Lee's army.

After the Civil War presentation, the next event will be "Sir Knight," focusing on the Middle Ages, scheduled for Sunday, July 29, also 2 to 3 p.m.

And "Bugs," a program about habitats, camouflage and predatory/prey relationships, will be held Sunday, Aug. 26, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

No registration is required for any of the programs. For more information, call the museum at 410-549-5150 during regular hours — Thursdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.), or call Dr. Mark Fraser at 443-974-5017.

In addition, the museum opened a new exhibit, "Treasures from the Attic," that features items reflecting on the Sykesville area's past.

The exhibit includes artifacts such as a food rationing book from World War II, an operating N-gauge model train set, a Sykesville marching band uniform, a child's pedal tractor from the 1940s, a collection of old office equipment, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad dining car china and a collection of hats, including a Sykesville Volunteer Fire Department helmet.

Fraser, who took over as curator at the museum earlier this year, noted in a release about the exhibit that, while the Smithsonian Museum in Washington is often called "the nation's attic," the Sykesville Gate House Museum is Sykesville's "attic."

"Treasures from the Attic" will be open to the public through early September.

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