Established as a program of the Tourism Council of
Frederick County in 1991, the Frederick Historic Sites
Consortium is one of Maryland’s oldest and most
successful museum consortia. Our mission is to support,
promote and develop the historic sites and museums of
Frederick County, and to increase community awareness
of their value.
Museums by Candlelight,
held on the second Saturday of each December, is a gift
to the community. More than twenty sites waive admission
fees for an afternoon and evening of hands-on fun, living
history interpretations, tours, and musical entertainments.
Bell and History Days, on the first weekend in April,
rings in the new museum season with the pealing of public
and church bells and special museum programs all over
the City and the County.
The Master Docent Series
offers workshops each February and other opportunities
throughout the year for docent training and recruitment.
Hundreds have been certified as Master Docents since
this program began in 1992.
Continuing Education sessions
keep our members up to date on the best museum practices,
and offer opportunities for Consortium members to share
expertise and hone skills.
Marketing efforts are directed at the heritage tourism
Special Initiatives are undertaken periodically. An
example is the African American Resources - Cultural
and Heritage (AARCH) project that has provided a foundation
for numerous exhibits, public programs and the popular
self-guided tour brochure,
"African American Heritage Sites in the City of
Frederick and Frederick County, Maryland." Joint
outreach to Frederick County Public Schools is another
Consortium membership is open to non-profit museums
and historic sites in Frederick County, Maryland that
are open to the public on a regular schedule. We invite
individuals, businesses and other organizations to explore
ways to join our efforts as volunteers, partners, or
sponsors. For more information about the Consortium,
please send all requests to Liz Shatto.