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Council OKs museum funds

July 28, 1999

The Hagerstown City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to give $37,500 to a nonprofit group to study building a Civil War museum in Hagerstown.

Councilman Bill Breichner voted against granting the money to the Antietam Creek Coalition Inc. He said that other than a list of group members, he doesn't know anything about the coalition.

The city's contribution would go toward paying for a $100,000 feasibility study. The study also would be used as part of an application for affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.

There is no guarantee that the museum would go within Hagerstown's city limits.

Coalition members have said it could cost $30 million to $40 million to build a 60,000 to 80,000-square-foot museum.

The Washington County Commissioners also have been asked to contribute $37,500 to the study.

The commissioners have not taken any action on the request since a joint city and county meeting earlier this month, during which three commissioners agreed they would discuss the request at future meetings.

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- Dan Kulin

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