Carroll County Times

Heritage committee hosting presentation about tribes

The Taneytown History Museum and Heritage Committee will be exploring the history of Native Americans at its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Tom Robertson Jr. and Scott Wilhide will talk about the various tribes that made up the agrarian civilization that was well established in North America prior to European settlement and discuss how they lived in and around the area now known as Carroll County.


As settlers arrived over the years, their leaders' greatest challenge was keeping them from deserting the colonies, said Robertson, a 1973 graduate of Francis Scott Key High School and a 1980 graduate of the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in forest resource and management.

The Native Americans' "food, sanitation and way of life was so much better," lots of settlers abandoned the colonies to live with them, Robertson said.


Robertson, who is a private forestry consultant and a forester for Carroll County government, has been interested in local history, both Native American and post-settlement, for more than 50 years, and found his first arrowhead at the age of 5 while out exploring with his father.

Robertson said his father used to give talks on this subject and now he does. He said the format would be primarily question and answer, as he prefers to engage with audience members instead of lecturing them.

Wilhide became interested in local Native American culture as a second-grader, when his teacher's husband, Tom Robertson Sr., showed the class a collection of arrowheads. He then began searching for arrowheads on his family's farm in the Keysville area and eventually learned how to make his own. He has been studying and sharing Native American culture and living skills - including cordage, pottery, bows and cooking techniques - for more than three decades.

The public is invited to the free presentation, with light refreshments served afterward.

The church is at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Parking is available behind the church.

For more information, contact Elaine Hoover, the organization's publicity chair, at 410-756-2135.

Photo contest
Think you've got a photographic eye? The Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library is sponsoring a photography contest for those age 10 to adult.
All photographs must be original works and fall into one of three categories: My Family, My Hometown or My Inspiration.
Photographers may enter more than one photo, and all entries are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 1.
Each entry must be between 4-by-6 inches and 16-by-20 inches, mounted and submitted with an entry form. Entry forms are available at the library.
The winners will be announced Nov. 7 during a reception at the library that begins at 7 p.m.
All winning photographs will be displayed at the library for one month; all others must be picked up by Nov. 21.
The library is at 10 Grand Drive, Taneytown.
For more information, call the information desk at 410-386-4510.

Soup & sandwiches
As the weather turns cooler, it's time once again for the Messiah United Methodist Women's annual soup and sandwich sale.
This year the menu includes ham and bean soup, at $7 a quart and $3.75 a pint, and ham sandwiches for $2.50 each.
Though the group has offered more than one soup and sandwich in the past, this year it's only one as they plan on having a candy fundraiser closer to the holidays.
Soup and sandwich orders must be placed by Nov. 1 for pickup between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at the church.
All items must be pre-ordered, as no food will be sold on Nov. 9.
Proceeds from this event help the church sponsor a family from the area at Christmas.
The church is at 20 Middle St., Taneytown.
For more information or to place an order, call Brenda Clapsaddle at 410-756-9277.