Gate House Museum gets new historical displays


August 24, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HISTORY IS in the making with each day that passes.

Sykesville history is being preserved and displayed in the Sykesville Gate House Museum of History on Cooper Drive in Sykesville.

Curator Jim Purman and docent Kari Greenwalt placed new displays recently into the museum's collection.

Purman and Greenwalt searched through photograph files of the former Sykesville Herald newspaper and found local baseball pictures dating to the 1930s. The photos are on display.

Greenwalt added a few baseball artifacts belonging to her father, Dave Greenwalt.

Another new display concerns the Spanish-American War as seen through the eyes of the late Harvey Crook, a Sykesville resident who served as a signaler on Admiral George Dewey's flagship, Olympia.

Also on display are three large, finely detailed models of the former Strawbridge Home for Boys, which opened in 1925 and closed in 1959.

The models were created by a former resident of the home and are on loan to the museum from the Strawbridge Alumni Association.

When you visit the museum, ring the recently acquired steam locomotive bell once belonging to the B & O Railroad.

The bell was a gift from the daughter of a former railroad employee and has been mounted for ringing by Sykesville resident Dan Klein.

An interesting third-floor "children's attic" is appealing to the little ones.

No admission is charged to the museum.

The museum is closed for two weeks while improvements are made and will reopen Sept. 8. Hours will be from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.

Information: 410-549-5150.

Memory album demo

If you have an interest is preserving your family's history and photographs but are not sure how to get started, the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library will present a program on how to create a memory album at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

A demonstration and lecture by area resident Jody McNary will help you get started in telling the story of your family.

McNary had a display in the library recently that chronicled her family through the years.

The program is free.

Any age may attend, but registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-386-4460.

Car show

The Gamber and Community Fire Department will hold its annual Car Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the fire department grounds at Route 32 and Niner Road.

Car and vendor registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with an advance registration cost of $10 for car or vendor and $12 each for registration at the gate.

Judging will begin at noon and will include prizes in Classic I-IV, Custom I-II, Antique Cars and Trucks, Street Rods, Special Interest, Low Riders and other categories.

Dash plaques and goodie bags will be awarded to the first 200 entrants. Raffles, door prizes, demonstrations and food will be provided by the fire department.

Rain date is Sept. 12.

Information: 410-549-9502.

Adult co-ed softball

Time is left to join a relaxed co-ed softball league sponsored by Sykesville Recreation and Parks.

The league plays Sunday afternoons at Freedom Park.

You can join the league as an individual player or as part of a team.

Information or registration: 410-795-8959.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/24/99

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