The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation has brought back a popular free series of how-to seminars on how to obtain a plaque for a historic home. At each event, staff from the Frederick County Public Library’s Maryland Room, which specializes in local history, will introduce the basics of how to document your home’s past. Volunteers from the Landmarks Foundation will also be on hand to answer questions.

In re-launching the popular series, which had been suspended during the pandemic, FCLF is helping celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its historic plaque program. More than 400 structures, including public, religious and commercial structures as well as houses, have won the recognition over the years.

The Landmarks Foundation awards the familiar cast-iron oval plaques to owners of structures that are more than 100 years old, possess historical and/or architectural significance by themselves or as part of a streetscape, and have retained physical integrity. Each plaque bears a brass plate with the property’s unique registry number.

The remaining seminars will be held:

  • Sat., Aug. 5, 1 p.m. — Point of Rocks Library
  • Sat., Sept. 9, 1 p.m. — Emmitsburg Library
  • Sat., Sept. 23, 1 p.m. — Myersville Library

For more information about the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and its programs, visit .