History Day 2013: Stop the Migration, I Want to Get Off

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Communications Manager at Mount St. Mary’s University – Frederick Campus. This event recap details Tracy’s experience at Leadership Frederick County (LFC) History Day on Thursday, September 12.

Human migration is a fascinating subject, and the population of Frederick doesn’t disappoint from its original German settlers to present day.

It’s important to know that even though the Germans newly arriving in this country were enticed west from Philadelphia to settle in Northern Virginia, they decided to stop short of the state line to put down roots in the Frederick area because they found it very favorable.

In a way, I did something similar. Moving from place to place once I was on my own, I landed in Frederick due to its proximity to possible employment in Baltimore or Washington, D.C.

Frederick is a special place with many  landmarks named for former residents, many of whom are nationally recognized today. During LFC History Day, our presenters brought to life stories about the people who not only lived here, but also invested their time, money, and flags to evolve this town.

I’m guilty of not visiting the landmarks in my own backyard. History Day gave me the opportunity to get a taste of the wealth of artifacts and evolution of the medical field at National Museum of Civil War Medicine and to learn about the lesser known Battle of Monocacy (Major General Lew Wallace is a new hero of mine). I look forward to visiting these places again.

About half of the LFC Class of 2014 were born and raised in Frederick County. The rest of us are transplants. I appreciate how welcomed I was twelve years ago when I arrived in Frederick and stayed.

Editor’s note: Thank you to the volunteers that made LFC History Day a huge success, including: John Fiesler, Chris Haugh, and the staff at the Tourism Council of Frederick County, MD; Peggy DuFour; A Tasty Nosh Catering Company; Ranger Tracy Evans and the staff at Monocacy National Battlefield Visitor Center;  Brewer’s Alley.

 

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