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Author's reception is June 9

June 06, 2005

The Washington County Arts Council and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau have announced a reception in honor of the newly published book, "Still Life Images of Antietam."

The event is Thursday, June 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center, 6 N. Potomac St.

A book-signing will take place with the work's author, H. Casser-Jayne. Light refreshments will be available. A signed photograph from the book will be raffled.

According to Kevin Moriarty, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council, "This is an exceptional museum-quality work, with 70 striking images of the Antietam National Battlefield. The Arts Council is very pleased to co-host this reception."

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Casser-Jayne has been a working artist for more than two decades. Her fascination with the Battle of Antietam began when she found her first Civil War-era bullet on her farm, not far from the site of the bloodiest single day in American history.

In the first serious collection of photographs to be published on the Battle of Antietam since the Civil War, Casser-Jayne's work has been called "a new monument to those who fought and to those who remember," by Antietam National Battlefield Park Superintendent John Howard.

The book features an additional 70 Civil War-era quotes, which capture the spirit of Washington County's most significant historical site.

The reception is open to the public.

The book is available at the Visitor Welcome Center.

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