Mary Bowman Kruhm and G. Bernard Callan, Jr., discussed their book, "Shutter Dogs & Boot Scrapers," at the Zonta Club of Frederick meeting, Monday, May 13. The book is a guide to the basics of historic buildings in the City of Frederick. Published by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation (FCLF), it is intended to promote preservation of historic architectural designs of Frederick and increase knowledge and appreciation of these sites and structures.
As the first book on the topic, it focuses on buildings, primarily homes, on E. 2nd St., but also includes the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. The Museum is believed to be the oldest home in town. It bears a bronze plaque engraved with words designating it as being on the "National Register of Historice Places." It also bears a plaque with an engraved #001 awarded by the FCLF that designates it as a "National Historic Landmark." As readers follow along in the book, they learn that 21 houses on W. 2nd St. in Frederick bear a numbered plaque. Quite an accomplishment as only about 2,500 of over 90,000 buildings and structures listed on the country's "National Register of Historic Places" are recognized as National Historic Landmarks. The book is available at Schifferstadt and other places for only $10 plus tax. All money goes to the FCLF to further their work.