The five-member council narrowly agreed to sponsor the Hager House page in a commemorative book being prepared for the event with general fund contingency money.
Council members Ashley C. Haywood and Forrest W. Easton did not support to the contribution, but were outweighed by council members William Breichner, Martin Brubaker and Lewis C. Metzner.
The council did not take a formal vote.
Easton suggested during his comments to the council that it develop a clear process for assessing funding requests from nonprofits.
Hagerstown annually supports the historical society. In the current fiscal year, the city budgeted $2,700 for the society, according to city documents.