We Have Exciting News!
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Museum Director and Curator, Katy Self.
Katy brings an impressive blend of expertise, passion, and creativity to lead our museum into an exciting future. Under Katy's leadership, we anticipate a revitalized and dynamic museum experience for visitors of all ages. We are eager to see her innovative ideas come to life, fostering an environment where our history here at Fort Ritchie can be told in a meaningful, exciting, and accurate manner.
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Preserving an American Legacy
We are so proud to be able to preserve the legacy of over seventy years of military history from 1926 through 1998 including the now globally known Ritchie Boys of WWII. History is deeply entrenched here at Ritchie. From its humble beginnings as the site of an ice company, to its importance with the 7th Signal Command and Communications efforts of the United States Army, the Pentagon, and White House, come explore the best kept secret Western Maryland has to offer. We'll be waiting for you!
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Knowledge for All
For nearly a quarter of a decade the building which will house our museum laid empty and largely abandoned, but thanks to a variety of state funding, grants, and private donations, the Ritchie History Museum will finally find its home at 202 Barrick Avenue. Built in 1927 as a mess hall and dedicated as a memorial library to the man who designed Ritchie, Robert Barrick, this space felt perfect to honor the legacy of the local veterans including those who proudly served at Ritchie from 1926-1998.
Our Museum highlights the efforts of the Ritchie Boys and the role they played in defeating Hitler and Nazism. Not only do we focus on the efforts of Fort Ritchie, but also the efforts of local veterans during the 20th Century. Our great Korean War Veterans have a place in our museum to ensure that the "Forgotten War" is forgotten no longer. From 1926-1998, thousands of soldiers trained at Ritchie to keep our country safe. Others still who lived locally made the ultimate sacrifice. We fully intend to honor them all.
Thanks to the funding from the National Endowment of Humanities through Maryland Humanities, our museum has been able to create a digital archive of thousands of documents relating to Camp Ritchie and Fort Ritchie's long history connected to both Maryland History and Military History. Check out our archive and digital space to learn more about our historically unique property. Click here to see our ever growing archive!