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Grants to fund millennium events

November 11, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

A temporary state commission that is coordinating the millennium celebration announced about $10,000 in local grants Wednesday.

The Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 was created by Gov. Parris N. Glendening in 1997 to help organize, publicize and fund statewide programs and local events and to remind residents of "state treasures," which are noteworthy areas.

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The commission is publicizing not only millennium events that will be held on New Year's Eve this year and next year, but throughout calendar year 2000.

The only other states doing statewide millennium events are Indiana and Washington, said Communications Manager Christine Duray.

The commission said about $9,170 in grants will go to:

* The 250th Anniversary Celebration of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ.

* The National Pike Festival and Wagon Train.

* A celebration quilt and textile exhibit at Antietam National Battlefield.

* A historical exhibit on Washington County at Frostburg State University.

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* A curriculum unit on Civil War history at Clear Spring Middle School.

In all, the commission announced $37,670 for 11 programs in the Civil War Heritage Area, which also includes portions of Frederick and Carroll counties.

The commission's work includes recognizing "state treasures." The South Mountain battlefield was recognized Sept. 21 as one of the treasures.

While only about 10 to 12 nominated state treasures will receive funding from the commission, all will receive publicity through the state and tourism offices and will be eligible for future grants by the Maryland Historical Trust,

Other local nominations include: Wilson Bridge, Washington Monument, Cushwa Basin lift bridge, Fort Frederick and Antietam Battlefield. Public nominations can be made until Dec. 31, 1999.

The commission is supporting millennium seminars at colleges throughout the state. Hagerstown Community College is scheduled to have a millennium-related program called Collegefest 2000 on April 30, 2000.

The commission is funded through a combination of donations, sponsors and taxpayer money.

Information about the commission, including a calendar of events and millennium merchandise such as a limited edition millennium license plate, is available at its Web site at www.maryland2000.org or by phoning 1-410-260-6345.

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