NEW! Almost Blue Mountain City: The History of Thurmont, MD
3 sessions, 4.5 hours
German immigrants on the western frontier in colonial America, a melting pot of religions, revolutionaries, a legendary iron furnace, mechanics, matches, Mechanicstown, citizens turned soldiers leaving for war and Civil War armies coming back through, the railroad, the Clarion, tourism, a major town name change, electricity, orchards, goldfish, the Spanish Flu, World wars, moonshine, oil wells, hobos, recreational camps, “Cozy-ness,” snake farms, Shangri-La, noted parklands, global media coverage, the highway bypass. All of this adds up to one thing: Thurmont. Chris Haugh will present a 3-week offering on the history of this mountain gateway town boasting an incredible heritage dating back to the mid 1700’s. As he has done with past ILR offerings, Chris will combine lecture, PowerPoint presentation and video portions from his 2014 documentary to tell this incredible story.
Instructor: Chris Haugh is an Emmy award-winning documentary film maker and regional historian. For nearly 25 years, Chris has researched, produced and published numerous award-winning presentations on Frederick County history. He has also taught both video production and public history courses for FCC, Hood College and Towson University.
ILR315 Almost Blue Mountain City: The History of Thurmont, MD
4-Digit Number: 5614
Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., 11/7/17 – 11/21/17
Location: Sweadner Hall
Tuition: $20 Fee: $59 Total: $79
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.