WHILBR - Western Maryland's Historical Library
On April 2, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of war against Germany. Wilson cited Germany’s violation of its pledge to suspend unrestricted submarine warfare in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as its attempts to entice Mexico into an alliance against the …
American soldiers of the First World War appear to have been collecting postcards both in France and in the US as they traveled to training camps. The cards were of three types - photographic views of landscapes or buildings; posed views of army life; and comical drawings of life in the army. Most of the cards were not sent through the …
Introduction by Kay Melby of Hagerstown
When I was a girl growing up, I heard stories of my great-grandfather, William Henry Perkins. He was the father of my grandmother, Lillian Perkins Jenkins, who lived with us ten years after my grandfather died. William H. Perkins, MD was a physician …
Fred Johnson from Allentown, Pennsylvania enlisted in the Air Force shortly after war was declared. In 1943 he began training in Miami, then Springfield, Ohio; Santa Monica, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Sioux City, Iowa, before finally flying to Great Ashfield, England in December 1944. He flew in several …
Washington County residents in World War II, like the rest of the nation, enlisted to serve. According to research conducted by Thomas Cochran, using Maryland in World War II: Register of service personnel, published by the Maryland Historical Society in 1965, there were 7875 service members from Washington County, Maryland from …
In May 2004, the Washington County Free Library hosted an event to celebrate the contribution of local women to the home front during World War II. The National Park Service is developing a Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historical Park in California at the site of one of the largest shipyards employing women during …
A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were heavily …
On July 5, 1864 Brigadier General John McCausland of the Confederate States of America marched towards Hagerstown, the county seat of Washington County, Maryland and a transportation hub. Merchants fled from the town with what supplies they could carry and the Market House became the Confederate headquarters.
McCausland then demanded a …
Many of the existing documents which deal with slavery in Washington County, Maryland are the wills of slave owners, passing on their property after their deaths or making a gift of a slave to a favored grandson. Others deal with the sale or purchase of a slave. Unusual in this collection is a note giving permission for "my negro man …
The Bridge over the Casselman River near Grantsville in Garrett County, started in 1813 and completed in 1815, was at one time the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States. The bridge forded what was then known as the Little Youghiogheny and it was along the National Road from Cumberland to Wheeling and beyond. David …
Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties in Western Maryland have a rich and diverse history. View images from the collections of the libraries, historical societies and individuals in the three counties. There are photographs, newspaper articles and indexes, rare books and more.