The Taneytown Revitalization Committee met for the first time on August 12, 1986 and was joined by several residents of the community interested in participating in planning for Carroll County’s 150th Anniversary celebration. At the second meeting on August 27th, Mayor Henry Reindollar designated this group to serve as the Carroll County Sesqui-Centennial Committee for the municipality. With long-term goals and wishing to become a more permanent committee, the group voted to change their name to Taneytown Heritage Committee. Dues were set at individual membership-$10.00.
After addressing their immediate charge of planning for the 150th Anniversary of Carroll County Celebration in Taneytown on June 20-21, 1987, the Heritage Committee invited everyone to become a member or to volunteer their services and began several on-going community projects.
By fall 1987 the Committee had set a schedule of meetings and, in order to meet their goal of preserving the character and integrity of the designated historic district and surrounding properties, adopted the following objectives:
- Encourage pride of ownership through upkeep of properties
- Aid the City council on historic projects
- Provide educational opportunities
- Continue research and inquiry into the history of Taneytown
The first officers were elected in September, 1987. The Heritage Committee was very active with Candlelight Holly Home Tours, an Old Tyme Country Fair, door decorating contests and many informative speakers. They obtained 501(C)3 non-profit status in 1989.
The Heritage Committee continued with 6 business meetings each year, each featuring a special guest speaker. Recognizing their dwindling numbers, and with similar objectives and many members in common, the Heritage Committee voted in 2013 to merge with the Taneytown History Museum.