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McCauley Lecture Series

McCauley Lecture March 5 at Fletcher Library

Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350

Monday, March. 5 at 7:00 PM

Andrew Clemens is the guest speaker for this lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in rooms 308 and 309 beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Launching nationwide advertising campaigns like “Sixty Dollars a Second” and “The Business That Makes Millionaires”, the officers of the Potomac Refining Company attempted to sell stock in their Dargan Bend mines.  After a questionable advertising campaign and dubious financial dealings, the company was able to raise funds and construct one of the most modern lime plants in the country.  However, the advertising campaigns led to federal fraud charges and the company went bankrupt.  Andrew Clemens will explore this little known story from Washington County history in an illustrated lecture. 

Andrew Clemens – is an avid bird and nature photographer, amateur historian, researcher, and retired teacher/librarian. He is a former President of the Baltimore County Historical Society and has written several articles for their publication.  Andrew has a fascination with old foundations, ruins and abandoned buildings. His discovery of the Potomac Refining Company foundations, lime kilns and property while walking on the C & O Canal led to his research on the company.