By JULIE E. GREENE
The Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites' four-day annual conference was a success for the nonprofit group and could bode well for local tourism efforts, association officials said Monday.
Association President Dennis Frye described the conference as "the greatest Civil War convention ever."
Nearly 700 people from 40 states attended the "Til the Sun Goes Down" conference at Four Points Hotel on the Dual Highway from Thursday to Sunday, Frye said.
"I doubt there's been any convention held in Hagerstown that has attracted that kind of national appeal," he said.
The association raised about $130,000 on Saturday after an anonymous donor offered $50,000 if it were matched that day, said City Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein, a member of the association's board of directors and its treasurer.