Schifferstadt Architectural Museum Events

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum traditionally hosts four main events throughout the year:

Bell and History (opening day event) in April, Barnstormers Tour in June, Oktoberfest in mid-October, and Museums By Candlelight on the second Saturday in December. Landmarks also has a history-related event, Frontier Day, in June, and hosts its annual meeting/speaker presentation in November. Visit our blog for other small special events or lectures offered.

Bell and History Day April 8, 2017 (2018 date TBA)


Herb Fest - A new event for 2017 - May 13th


Barnstormers Tour - June 9th, 2018


Frontier Day - June 17th, 2017 (2018 date TBA)

Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt - October 21st and 22nd, 2017


Annual Meeting - November 4, 2017 6pm at the Frederick Visitors Center

Museums by Candlelight  - December 9th, 2017 - 12noon - 6pm

Previous Special Speaker Series

Bell & History Day, Saturday, April 8, 2017,  12pm - 4pm

Schifferstadt opened its doors for the season as an official NHL - National Historic Landmark. Bell & History Day is a day when many local museums and historic houses open to the public. C.E. Jan Gardner made opening remarks. In addition to tours of the house, visitors enjoyed music by Frederick Town Fife and Drum. The event is free each year. We welcome visitors to join Landmarks and help preserve Schifferstadt while promoting history and preservation. Donations are welcome.

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Special Speaker Series


Below is a list of our past speaker series:

Public Meeting and Lecture: April 20th, 2016, 6pm - 7:30pm  -  (Free)

Monocacy National Battlefield National Historic Landmark Boundary Revisions

Please join the National Park Service and Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and the American Battlefield Protection Program. Learn about NHL's (National Historic Landmark) and what that designation means, and the importance of this Civil War battlefield here in Frederick!  C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St. (parking available in deck next door).  

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 21 and 22, 2017

Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt takes place on the third weekend in October each year. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. rain or shine. Admission to the grounds is free. Donations are appreciated! Come enjoy the great food, lively German music, historic demonstrators, and hand-made products from many art and craft vendors. Proceeds from the German festival is an important fundraiser for the organization and upkeep of Schifferstadt. 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. Special thanks to our generous donor Frederick County Bank.



Oktoberfest at Schifferstadt

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Our Annual Membership Meeting.      

Our Annual Meeting is November 4th, 6pm at the Frederick Visitor Center.

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