Arts, Culture, and Humanities

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FREDERICK COUNTY INC

  • Frederick, MD
  • www.frederickhistory.org

Mission Statement

Dedicated to local history, research and education, we are a dynamic nonprofit organization that recognizes Frederick County, Maryland's significant historical impact on our state, nation, and world. We excel in engaging and interactive experiences that are relevant, accessible, and meaningful to all people. (Approved by the Board of Directors, March 19, 2015)

Main Programs

  1. Frederick County Archives & Research Center
  2. Museum of Frederick County HIstory
  3. Roger B. Taney House Museum & Historic Site
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

The Historical Society of Frederick County is located in the City of Frederick, MD, about 1 hour north of Washington, D. C. and 1 hour west of Baltimore, MD. Frederick County has 667 square miles, with a population of approx. 250,000 in two cities, nine towns and 32 communities. Visitors, members and patrons are from around the globe. The educational, interpretive, preservation, collecting missions encompass all areas of Maryland that are currently, or historically, known as Frederick County, which includes Carroll, Montgomery, Washington, Garrett and Alleghany Counties in MD.

ruling year

1973

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mary Rose Boswell

Board President since 2016

Self-reported

Yvonne G. Reinsch

Keywords

Self-reported

history, museum, archives, education, genealogy

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EIN

52-6050333

 Number

6333299782

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Dedicated to local history, research and education, we are a dynamic nonprofit organization that recognizes Frederick County, Maryland's significant historical impact on our state, nation and world. We excel in engaging and interactive experiences that are relevant, accessible, and meaningful to all people. The Historical Society is best known for its outstanding library and archives, which date back to 1892. We have outstanding staff and volunteers who can aid in research of Frederick County, and we help people from all over the world. Our specialty is genealogy and building research. We also have changing exhibits (currently five), and we offer several different kinds of tours. Our "Hands-on-History" programs give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to customize their experience here, any time they drop by. Visiting individuals and groups may select a multi-disciplinary, experiential activity or tour that meets their own needs, depending on their age, skill, ability and/or interest. We also provide outreach programs for at-risk children and to the elderly with special needs. Our themed programs as part of the Downtown Frederick Partnership's First Saturdays events, draw hundreds of families each month. We are collaborating with the County Library on a nation-wide Hispanic project, involving interviews with our largest-growing population, and enriching our museum collection with their objects and documents. We have also partnered with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek in their annual Oktoberfest, providing on-line genealogy, fact sheets, puzzles and games related to Frederick County's rich German heritage.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Frederick County Archives & Research Center

LIBRARY- THE SOCIETY COLLECTS AND PRESERVES DOCUMENTS FOR STUDY AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DISCOVER THEIR HERITAGE.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

156300.00

Program 2

Museum of Frederick County HIstory

MUSEUM- THE SOCIETY COLLECTS AND PRESERVES ARTIFACTS FOR STUDY AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DISCOVER THEIR HERITAGE.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

200958.00

Program 3

Roger B. Taney House Museum & Historic Site

TANEY HOUSE- THE SOCIETY COLLECTS AND PRESERVES ARTIFACTS FOR STUDY AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES THAT WILL ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DISCOVER THEIR HERITAGE.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

44657.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Historical Society of Frederick County is embarking on a new strategic plan. The process began in Jan. 2014 and will be completed by Dec. 2015. During the process, staff and trustees met with focus groups in five towns throughout the county; held four retreats, and visited a related museum, including a tour of the property and a meeting with their board president and executive director. Our goals are:

    FACILITIES
    1. Prioritize needed repairs to the three buildings
    2. Explore greater use of Heritage Garden / Reed Room
    3. Review rental fees and marketing to increase income
    4. Study best possible use of the Roger Brooke Taney House
    5. Work with Frederick Garden Club on 19th c. herb garden and vegetable/flower garden
    6. Make the façade of the Museum more appealing and exciting

    FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
    1. Establish a financial plan to respond to HSFC's financial needs
    2. Ensure proper management of investments
    3. Create fundraising and planned giving programs to respond to all (individuals, sponsors, etc.)
    4. Promote giving opportunities online
    5. Enhance community partnerships and increase corporate giving
    6. Increase the use of web and online promotions
    7. Establish a museum shop that will generate needed income and merchandise that will serve the
    needs of Frederick's visitors, provide meaningful memories for visitors, and encourage repeat visits
    8. Design all fundraising efforts to generate a specific dollar amount and attract a specific audience
    9. Maximize earned income rentals, events and admissions to match
    10. Update case statement for giving that can be used to solicit contributions

    EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
    1. Develop a program calendar that is "mission driven" and relevant; follow list of criteria
    2. Evaluate current school programs and means of delivery
    3. Revise signage in the Museum to enhance interpretation of the history of the building, 1820-present
    5. Determine how RBTH interpretation could be improved and be financially feasible
    6. Develop programs related to the five-year exhibition plan
    7. Offer multi-lingual interpretation

    HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS (OBJECTS AND DOCUMENTS)
    1. Create a pro-active collections plan based on the 5-year exhibit and program plan
    2. Determine ways to present collections as important cultural and educational assets
    3. Develop an active appeal for gifts of historically relevant items from Frederick County
    4. Establish Collector's Guild Giving Circle for the purchase of collections
    5. Create online exhibition of items (similar to the Research Center's digital files of papers and images)
    6. Showcase objects that are currently displayed in online presentations, collateral materials
    7.Create portable exhibits that can be lent for use by other organizations
    8. Priortize research services that are most called upon
    9. Review fees and resources related to research services
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Maryland

The Historical Society of Frederick County is located in the City of Frederick, MD, about 1 hour north of Washington, D. C. and 1 hour west of Baltimore, MD. Frederick County has 667 square miles, with a population of approx. 250,000 in two cities, nine towns and 32 communities. Visitors, members and patrons are from around the globe. The educational, interpretive, preservation, collecting missions encompass all areas of Maryland that are currently, or historically, known as Frederick County, which includes Carroll, Montgomery, Washington, Garrett and Alleghany Counties in MD.

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Accreditations

American Association of Museums

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Financials

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THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FREDERICK COUNTY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF FREDERICK COUNTY INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mary Rose Boswell

Board President

Yvonne G. Reinsch

BIO

Mary Boswell is a nationally recognized leader, resulting in the financial stability and image enhancement for several nonprofits. She received the National Award for Museum Service at the White House and has been recognized three times by the Corporate Fund, a partnership with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the state's largest companies, as a top leader of nonprofits. She was cited as a Leader of the 21st Century in the Cultural Category by BusinessNH Magazine.
At Preservation Virginia, she managed the collections and interpretation of 36 historic sites and tracked admissions and gift shop revenues. Restoration projects included the home of U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall, during which she collaborated with the Chief Justice Warren Burger. Acquisitions included letters signed by George Washington and a historic house with furnishings and endowment. As Executive Director of the Belknap Mill in Laconia, NH, she engaged nonprofit, municipal and corporate sectors in a master plan and spearheaded the development of a new park and Riverwalk. While Executive Director of the Enfield Shaker Museum, the organization received an Outstanding Preservation Award from the NH Preservation Alliance. She designed and organized the annual Spring Forum, which became known as having the highest standards in the field of Shaker studies. At The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens, she surpassed all fundraising goals. In 2013, she oversaw a $1.8 million capital campaign and served on three Governor-appointed commissions in NH. She is now working with the board of the Historical Society of Frederick County on a new strategic plan. Her education includes an MBA, an MA in History Museum Studies, and an AB from the College of William and Mary. She has studied at Winterthur, the Smithsonian and Attingham Summer School in England.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Yvonne Reinsch

No Affiliation

Term: June 2016 - Nov 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?