Carroll County Times

Editorial: A day to celebrate history

An event Saturday that features free admission to participating museums provides an opportunity for residents to broaden their horizons and perhaps learn a little about the history of the region.

Smithsonian Magazine's "Museum Day Live" event takes place Saturday.

To participate, go online to and follow the instructions for downloading tickets or finding venues that are participating.

According to the website, Maryland participants include the Historical Society of Carroll County and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick. Also participating are the B&O Railroad Museum, the American Visionary Art Museum, Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art and many more.

In Pennsylvania, The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue in Hershey and the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg are among the many venues participating.

Taking time to learn about our rich and diverse heritage can provide insights and perspectives about how our nation, state and local communities have grown over the years.

Getting out and exploring some of the many different attractions is a fun way to learn about our history, and events such as Saturday's Museum Day Live provide additional incentive for people to get out and explore the region.

The only drawback from the program is that the tickets you can download from the website are good for one person and one guest per household.

That means that families wishing to explore some new offerings may still end up having to pay admission at the places where they are charged if they bring along more family members.

Next year, organizers should consider offering a family ticket to the museums, or participating museums might want to consider waiving fees for the day as a way to increase traffic to their facility and entice more folks to take some time to learn about the region's history.

For this year, the tickets still offer a savings for families who are interested in learning more about the history of the region that they call home.