Schifferstadt Architectural Museum Events

Shifferstadt Architectural Museum traditionally hosts four main events and a number of special events each year:

Bell and History Day
Special Speaker Series
Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt

Winterfest:Arts and Crafts Market,

FCLF Annual Member's Meeting
Museums by Candlelight

Bell and History Day
Sponsored by the Tourism Council of Frederick County, this April event opens the museum season with participation of all historic sites and museums. Special children’s activities, living history demonstrations and free tours of the museum highlight this seasonal Grand Opening.

Alpha 4 Band

Visitors can interact with living history demonstrators and look at displays and artifacts from 18th Century Maryland. Weather and schedules permitting, a local bell ringing choir may perform.

Frederick story

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Special Speaker Series

Below is a list of our past speaker series:

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at the C. Burr Artz Library

Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, in partnership with the African American Resources Cultural Heritage Society (AARCH), is proud to present free lectures that kick off the 2014 Landmarks Lecture Series. This is a two part lecture:

The Key Family of Oldfield: The construction of African American lines will be illustrated by tracing the roots of the Key Family. Keys Chapel M.E. Church and Cemetery bear the name of this family, who were among the earliest members of the black community in Oldfield, Frederick County, Md.

Presented by Richard H. Smith, Jr., McDaniel College.

The Brunner Family and Servitude: Pat Ogden, Master Docent and author, will highlight details of the forms of servitude used by the Brunner family on their farms at Tasker's Chance in the 18th century. Also, information about a slave who was freed by a Brunner descendant in the 19th century will be presented.

The lectures will be on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. and are free and open to the public. They will begin at 6:30 PM and run till 7:45 PM in the Community Room at C. Burr Artz Public Library; 110 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701. For more information, call or email Frederick County Landmarks Foundation at 301-668-6088,

In collaboration with Frederick County Tourism and the Frederick War of 1812 Commemoration, there were three days of presentations around the War of 1812 and Francis Scott Key:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013,  6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz

Christopher T. George, Independent Historian and author, Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay, Editor, Journal of the War of 1812
"The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay."  This a detailed overview of what happened in the Bay during the War of 1812 with high-lights about the naval aspects during the battle.  

- Collaboration with the Frederick County Historical Society

Wednesday, September 11, 2013  6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz

Troy J. Nowak, Assistant State Underwater Archaeologist,
Maryland Historical Trust
 "Underwater Archeology of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake"

- Collaboration with the Monocacy Archeological Society

Thursday September 12, 2013,   6 PM Community Room, C Burr Artz


"Stories of Everyday People During the War of 1812"  
Mike Dixon, adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, will lead this presentation and address questions such as, "When war came to the shores of the Chesapeake,what was it like for everyday citizens and local militiamen, as well as slaves,freedmen, women?" Mr. Dixon reveals unpublished stories of unrepresented peoples such as slaves and African-Americans, and the narratives of everyday people who aren’t talked about in the history books.

-This presentation is made possible with the support of the Maryland Humanities Council.

The Star Spangled Speakers Series is free and open to the public. Other support has been provided by the Roger Brooke Taney House and the Frederick Stamp Club for the use of display materials. The C. Burr Artz Library is located at 110 E. Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701. For more info. 301-668-6088 or

Araby: Thomas House, Monocacy Battlefield, by Joy Beasley, Cultural Resources Manager, National Park Service, spoke at the C.Burr Artz Library on January 19th, 2013. Beasley discussed the painstaking efforts employed to preserve Thomas House to make it the successful, adaptive-reuse project it is today. This historic brick mansion ca. 1780 is an important landmark in the Frederick region. The famous property and house, and outbuildings, often was captured and recaptured by both Confederate and Union armies during the Battle of Monocacy, on July 9, 1864. Highlights of the talk will included historic preservation and sustainability as related to Araby: Thomas House, Monocacy Battlefield.

Tyler Gearhart, Executive Director, Preservation Marlyland, discussed the difficult task of raising awareness and advocacy for preservation of important landmarks in Maryland and the Frederick region.

4/11/ 2012
Striking Back: At the Edge of Empire in the Eighteenth Century
Warren R. Hofstra, Stewart Bell Professor of History, Shenandoah University discussed how backcountry counties in Maryland and Virginia were named “Frederick” after English Princes and Lord Proprietors in the eighteenth century and how that was indicative of the role that imperial interests played in the settlement and political organization of the first frontier in American history.

Award-winning journalist, and author of Here Lies Jim Crow: Civil Rights in Maryland, spoke about Frederick’s often over-looked role in the civil rights movement from Chief Justice Roger Brook Taney’s Dred Scott ruling to local efforts to break down Jim Crow prohibitions.


Watch the FCLF Home Page for other current listings.




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Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt, October 17-18, 2015

In 2015, Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt is Saturday, October 17th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 18th from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The event is an important fundraiser for the operation of our organization and upkeep of Schifferstadt. Come enjoy the lively music, historic demonstrators, and hand-made products from many art and craft vendors. We are rounding up volunteers now! If you would like to help plan, or volunteer during the event, contact us at

or call 301-668-6088



Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt

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Winterfest: Arts And Crafts Market at Schifferstadt.


Winterfest is cancelled this year due to a few structural issues being resolved.

We hope to host this popular event again in November of 2016.

Our Annual Membership Meeting.      

Our Annual Meeting is November 21st at 7 p.m. Join us for dessert and drinks to vote in new board members, meet other members, learn more about Landmarks, and listen to guest speaker Dr. Powell. The event takes place at Schaeffer Education Center (Evangelical Lutheran Church) in downtown Frederick.

RSVP required - 301-668-6088 or


Museums by Candlelight, December 12th, 2015

This celebration of the winter holiday season rounds out the museum season on December 12, 2015. Hours are 12:00-7:00. Enjoy a festive and cozy atmosphere at Schifferstadt. Tours are available, as well as children's activities and refreshments.

Stop by our gift shop this season if you are looking for unique gifts! We have lovely gift cards of Schifferstadt by local artist Harry Richardson. Our fall raffle is continuing for a chance to win a framed print, " Reflections ", donated by Harry Richardson  We feature locally made pottery - such as bowls, mugs, tiles, birdhouses, and ornaments that reflect particular features from the house. We also have beeswax candles and ornaments - and well as special Scherenschnitte (cut paper) ornaments between glass. We offer McCutcheon products, various books, even quill pens, and "Schifferstadt" reproduction hand-blown glass bottles and sun catchers.

holiday decore wreath swags


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