Frederick County Bell & History Day is held each spring as the opening of museum season in Frederick County, Maryland. Across the county, participating museums and historic sites offer free admission along with special events, tours, music, living history programs, and various bell-themed activities. The event kicks off with a bell ringing at the Frederick Visitor Center and concludes the following day with a concert of hundreds of bells and chimes at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. This year the concert will have the theme, “Let Freedom Ring,” honoring those who served during the Civil War, and those who serve for our freedoms today.
Dates, Times and Locations
Bell & History Day – Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Various locations in Frederick County (see details below)
Bell & History Handbell Festival (concert) – Sunday, April 6, 2014, 5 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 339 S. Seton Ave, Emmitsburg, MD (301) 447-6606. Free Admission.
Bell History Day Highlights
Ringing of the Frederick County History Bell - Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street. Everyone present is invited to ring the bell, starting at 10 a.m. Afterwards, stay to see the exhibits and see the visitor orientation film.
- Bells of Remembrance - A memorial to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, is located in the City of Frederick. These trailer-mounted bells are large, historic instruments that visit parades, festivals and memorial events, including past appearances at ground-zero in New York, the Pentagon and Shankesville, Pennsylvania. Visitors are encouraged to ring these bells!
Participating Museums and Historic SitesBjorlee Museum
Brunswick Railroad Museum
Catoctin Mountain Park
Central Maryland Heritage League/Lamar Cultural Heritage Center
Collier House in the Catoctin Village
Cunningham Falls State Park
Frederick County Fire and Rescue Museum
Frederick Visitor Center
Maryland Room/Frederick County Public Libraries
Middletown Valley Historical Society
Monocacy National Battlefield
Mount Olivet Cemetery/Francis Scott Key Monument
Museum of Frederick County History
National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park
National Museum of Civil War Medicine
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Roger Brooke Taney House
Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums
Schifferstadt Architectural Museum
South Mountain Heritage Society
South Mountain State Battlefield Park
William F. Moran, Jr. Museum and Foundation, Inc.
For a more information, see the Bell & History Day Program Guide.
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