Corrigan will earn $30,000 to assess the historical significance of the collection and recommend conservation strategies. Of that money, $15,000 will come from a grant and $15,000 will come from the city's General Fund contingency.
The artifacts, which include slave bills of sale and 19th-century quilts, were collected over several decades by former Hagerstown resident Marguerite Doleman, who died in 2000. The family and friends of Doleman are in the process of seeking a site for the museum.
City accepts state grant for plaques
The City of Hagerstown on Tuesday accepted a state grant that will help pay the cost of hanging plaques on the homes of former residents who played a significant role in the Civil War.
The names of the residents and their addresses include:
o 163 S. Prospect St., Rear Adm. Donald Fairfax, named commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1863 and served in that position until the end of the war
o 43 S. Potomac St., Charles MacGill, a surgeon in the Confederate army.
o 525 N. Locust St., Maj. (Bvt. Col.) Edward D. Mobley, an officer in the 7th Maryland Infantry Regiment
o 603 Oak Hill Ave., Edward Kershner, surgeon in the U.S. Navy
o Rochester Parking Lot, Bvt. Brig. Gen. George Bell, courier for Union Gen.-in-Chief Winfield Scott
o 405 N. Potomac St., Col. Henry Kyd Douglas, staff officer for Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
o 148 W. Washington St., James Dixon Roman, coordinated efforts to collect a $20,000 ransom that was levied on Hagerstown by Confederate Gen. John McCausland
o 465 N. Potomac St., John Mutius Gaines, appointed surgeon-in-chief at Williamsport during the Confederate retreat from Gettysburg, Pa.
Funding requests being submitted to Program Open Space
During a Tuesday meeting, the Hagerstown City Council agreed to submit the following funding requests to Program Open Space, a state program that awards grants to improve, among other things, public parks:
o Barrier-free play equipment for Funkhouser Park, $31,500
o Barrier-free play equipment for Hager Park, $31,500
o Fountains for the lake at Pangborn Park, $13,500
o Park benches and picnic tables at City Park, $27,000
o Netting along fairway No. 2 at Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run, $13,500
City Hall closed Thursday and Friday
Hagerstown City Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The offices will resume their regular schedule Monday.