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Mrs. James Walter Thomas, John G. Lynn and Thomas L. Richards were the incorporators of the Allegany County Historical Society and the certificate of incorporation was filed for record December 22, 1937, just 16 years ago next Tuesday. There were 67 charter members present at the first meeting and the late Judge Albert A. Doub was elected first president. An attractive seal was designed by John Rawlings Wentz, and it is proposed to continue this seal as the emblem of the re-organized society.

Judge Doub headed the society until May, 1939, when he retired. Thomas L. Richards succeeded to the presidency and served until 1945. In the meantime Finley C. Hendrickson had served as first vice president from 1937 until his death.

During the eight years from 1937 to 1945 the society had acquired a considerable library of books, papers, scrapbooks and pictures, also filing cabinets and show cases, and this storehouse of valuable material has been safeguarded by Miss Walsh, the society's curator.

Individuals have carried the torch in the historical field here in doing research, preserving material, collecting information and writing and speaking on area history. "Across the Desk," in nine years as a regular Sunday feature devoted to history and related subjects, has come to know the valuable contribution of numerous persons in the historical field.

Outstanding is the collection of area pictures owned by Herman J. Miller. These hundreds of scenes, some dating back to pre-Civil War days,


J. William Hunt


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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