The Carroll County History Project is an ongoing, multi-part effort to preserve the history of Carroll County, Maryland by collecting videotaped memories of people who have lived here and by producing a series of documentary programs about the county.

The online archive Carroll County Remembers and the special collection, Carroll County: Through the Eyes of the Black Experience, contain the personal accounts of local residents and their memories of the people, places and events that shaped Carroll County.

The Carroll County History Project began in 2008 when the Community Media Center of Carroll County (CMC), the local PEG television access organization, developed the project and partnered with the Carroll County NAACP to preserve the memories of local African-Americans by videotaping them for Carroll’s public access channel 19. That early partnership grew to include other relevant local organizations including The Carroll County Public Library, Carroll County NAACPHuman Relations Commission of Carroll CountyHistorical Society of Carroll County and the Carroll County Genealogical Society.

In 2011, The Carroll County History Project was awarded the Maryland Preservationmission-image1 award from the Maryland Historic Trust for educational excellence.

The first documentary, Carroll County’s Legacy, is an in-depth television program created by MPT producer and resident Marilyn Maguire-Phillips. Carroll County’s Legacy explores the rich heritage of the area and the many characteristics that make Carroll County unique.

This is a video taken by movie crew of Thomas Edison. It represents the first rural mail route in the United States, in Carroll County, Maryland. Notice that the horse halts at the mail stop and proceeds, on his own, as soon as the mail carrier gets back in the van to begin sorting the mail. Video Courtesy: Library of Congress

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