Federalsburg Historical Society

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"Preserving the Past for Those of the Future" 

Mrs. Irma S. Harper Research Room

In 2013 Mrs. Irma Harper donated some of her local research notes and books
to the Federalsburg Historical Society to start a library / research room for the Society.
Since Mrs. Harper’s initial donation, the library / research has grown with donations and purchases. The Society now has:
• Research Books on Maryland counties especially the Eastern Shore.
• Family / Person Files on local citizens past and present. Genealogical information is available.  We do not have every family genealogy but we strive to obtain new and additional data so you may find something on your infamous relative.
• Files on local pieces of information i.e. businesses, Churches, past activities etc.
• Periodicals for local history and genealogical work.
• We have a microfilm machine and multiple reels of film on Maryland.
• We have an almost complete set of Year Books from Colonel Richardson High School starting with 1962.  Also several Year Books from Federalsburg High School and Caroline High School.
• When a local person writes a book about our great area, we try to put their book in our library.  Our recent purchase was the “They Wore Blue and Their Hearts Were Loyal” by Dr. Clara Small of Salisbury University and Mrs. Teresa M. Neild –researcher and the President of the Dorchester Historical Society.  This is the first book about Colored Troops from Dorchester County in the Civil War.  They are also working on books for Talbot and Caroline.
The Irma S. Harper Research Room now has over 1,200 books, 300 files of local interest, and over 250 files on local persons (past and present) and is still growing. We are not the National Archives but we are trying to provide the best service and information to our community.