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City Council asks for Civil War museum funding

November 08, 2000

City Council asks for Civil War museum funding



A letter of support and a state grant for a proposed Civil War museum for downtown Hagerstown were unanimously approved Tuesday by the Hagerstown City Council.

The letter from the city asks the governor to provide $8 million over three years to fund the museum proposed to be built in the first block of West Antietam Street.

The $46 million museum is proposed by the nonprofit group the Antietam Creek Coalition.

The $75,000 grant comes from the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Fund. The grant goes to the city, which then passes the money on to the Antietam Creek Coalition.

Decisions on both matters were to be made last month but the votes were postponed after a majority of council members said they wanted time to discuss the matters.

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During a recent interview, Randy Harper, chairman of the Antietam Creek Coalition, said the $75,000 grant would be used to "defray costs such as travel expenses and people's time."

The Antietam Creek Coalition has completed a two-volume study, which was paid for with $95,000 from the state, Washington County and the city, plus a $5,000 private contribution.

- Dan Kulin

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