About Us

Our History

The Thurmont Historical Society was formed in 1988; our mission is to foster and promote an interest in the history of Thurmont and its broader community. We are an all-volunteer operation. Our office and museum is located at 11 North Church Street in Thurmont’s historic “Main Street” district. The building is an artifact itself – read more about it here – and our collection features documents, artifacts, photographs, and other objects that tell the story of Thurmont’s physical and cultural heritage, all displayed in this beautiful, historic setting.

One of the historical society’s signature resources is a significant research library filled with scores of books and journals emphasizing local and Maryland genealogy, Western Maryland history, the Civil War, and other subjects germane to both Thurmont’s and northern Frederick County’s past. Our holdings include 50 complete years of the Catoctin Enterprise, which was the local newspaper between 1940 and 1991. We can conduct research at your request or visitors can use the library themselves.