Local photo is national winner

December 04, 2006

BIG POOL - Angela Hummer's photograph of a cannon being fired at Fort Frederick State Park has been named the winner of the 2006 "Imaging Our National Heritage" National Historic Landmarks photo contest.

It will be featured along with other winning photos in the National Historic Landmarks annual calendar.

Employees in the National Park Service cast thousands of votes for their favorite National Historic Landmark entries in the 2006 "Imaging Our Heritage" photo contest.

The photo was taken at Fort Frederick's 250th anniversary ceremonies in May. Hummer, the park manager at Fort Frederick, had been updating the park's photo library for its Web site and brochures. In the process of taking more pictures, she happened to capture the winning moment.

"I entered the photo after several people said it was very good," Hummer said. "I saw it as a way to promote Fort Frederick and the Maryland Park Service. This was the first time I'd entered a photo contest and was completely surprised when I found out that I'd won."


During a one-week voting period, more than 800 National Park Service employees cast their votes and chose the 2006 National Historic Landmarks photo contest winners. According to the National Park Service, "Hummer's stop-action photo of a Civil War cannon firing demonstration at Fort Frederick captures much of what makes this National Historic Landmark such a special place."

The Civil War cannon, known as "Margie," is from South Mountain State Battlefield and was fired by crew members under the command of Al Preston.

"Margie" has been utilized in network television shows and films and is cared for by Department of Natural Resources personnel. "Margie" is named after Preston's wife.

National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

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