Sykesville historian is honored

March 16, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

For more than 60 years, Thelma C. Wimmer has preserved the history of her hometown.

By unanimous proclamation of Sykesville Town Council, the 90-year-old resident is now the official historian of the municipality of 3,500.

The council bestowed the title Monday on the woman who secured a Town Hall for Sykesville; founded its Historic Commission; stored town archives and antiques at her home until a museum was established; volunteered her time; and shared her resources.

"She has collected and recorded facts, traditions, images and artifacts relating to the history of the town," said a proclamation issued Monday. The council also declared the first Sunday in April of every year as Thelma Wimmer Day.

The occasion shall "honor her contributions to the town and recognize the importance of history in our community," according to the proclamation.

The celebration will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 2 at Gatehouse Museum on Cooper Drive. A portrait of the honoree is displayed in the meeting room at the museum. The proclamation will be framed and placed beside it.

Information: 410-795-8959.

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