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Preliminary plan presented for commemoration of Civil War's 150th anniversary

April 20, 2010|By ERIN JULIUS

Karen Giffin, community affairs director for the City of Hagerstown, on Tuesday presented a preliminary plan for the city's commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary.

Stephen R. Bockmiller, development review planner, also was involved in the presentation.

A work group on which Giffin and Bockmiller serve would like to see commemorative events in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

A Civil War living history encampment in City Park would coincide with the anniversary of the Antietam Campaign in 1862.

The rededication of the Washington Confederate Cemetery -- which was rededicated in 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower -- in 2013 would roughly coincide with the Gettysburg Campaign of 1863.

And a three-day Civil War expo would include museum exhibits, merchants, living history and heritage organizations.

City Councilman Martin E. Brubaker expressed concern about an emphasis on Confederate history.

"We want to make sure this is an equal-opportunity commemoration," he said.

Brubaker also suggested the town leverage its location between Gettysburg and Antietam in its marketing for tourists who want to visit both locations during the 150th anniversary period.

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Bockmiller said the work group views the commemoration as an economic development initiative as much as a historical landmark.

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