The Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, Inc. was established in 2014. It is a “marriage” of two local groups dedicated to preserving, sharing and learning more about the history of Taneytown and the surrounding area. The Taneytown Heritage Committee was established in 1986 and the Taneytown History Museum in 2004. Each was dedicated to furthering public interest and knowledge of local history—the Heritage Committee through lectures and community pride while the Museum strived to preserve and display artifacts and ephemera. With many shared interests, goals and members, it seemed only natural they should join forces. The new organization is a 501(c)3 non-profit and the objectives remain the same as the original groups’, but the two now work as one.
In October, 2013 the Association was honored to be the beneficiary of the very generous donation of the property at 340 East Baltimore Street in Taneytown. Presently, work is underway to make the necessary changes to open the downstairs to the public while the second floor will house office and work space.
Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association has six general meetings a year at Grace U.C.C. Church fellowship hall. Meetings are held in September, October, March, April and May with a dinner and entertainment in November. Each meeting features a speaker or program of local historical interest. All meetings are open to the public. See Events to check on current program plans.
The Taneytown History Museum is located at 340 East Baltimore Street, Taneytown. When it is announced that the museum is open for it’s season, the hours are: Friday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday/Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. The hours may change to accommodate special events in Taneytown. Your group may visit at other times by appointment. The gift shop is located inside the museum by the front door entrance.
Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association is dependent upon donations, memberships and fund-raising to finance the property, the History Museum and all other activities. T.H.M.A. has several fund-raisers and also sponsors two major events during the year. Read more about the golf tournament, “One More Round for George” and the holiday event, “Holiday of Trees, Wreaths and Centerpieces” in Events. The annual porcelain ornament and a coverlet, featuring landmarks of Taneytown, along with a variety of books on local history, are for sale in the Museum Gift Shop and the on-line Gift Shop.
T.H.M.A. Board of Directors consists of 5 officers, the immediate past president and 6 standing committee members: Douglas Heck, President; Pamela Reed, Vice-President; Carolyn Amoss, Corresponding Secretary; Regina Soter, Recording Secretary; Meg Herring, Treasurer; Sandy Crouse, Past President; Carroll Hahn, Museum Chair; Elaine Hoover, Publicity Chair; Diane Wilhide, Ways & Means Chair; Fairy Flickinger, Social Chair; Patty Fazenbaker, Membership Chair.
The Association is a volunteer organization and all activities and projects, including the History Museum, are organized and executed totally by volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a T.H.M.A. member, or museum volunteer, please call Pam Reed at 410-984-2427.
Membership in Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association remains $10.00 per year, just as it was in 1986 when the Heritage Committee began meeting. We hope this will encourage everyone in the community to learn more about local history, enjoy the activities and become a member of T.H.M.A.