Clemens to give Civil War presentation

January 13, 2011|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Clemens to give Civil War presentation  

Hagerstown Community College professor Thomas Clemens will present a slide presentation of "The Maryland Campaign of September 1862" at a meeting of the Keedysville Historical Society Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St. in Keedysville.  

Enter the Social Hall by the left rear door from the parking lot.  

Clemens recently published "The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vol. I: South Mountain," the first part of a two-volume historical annotated manuscript that details one of the most famous campaigns of the Civil War.  

Clemens' presentation is on the original manuscript, which is the work of Ezra A. Carman, a Union colonel in the 13th New Jersey Infantry, who was later appointed as the historical expert to the Antietam Battlefield Board in 1894.  

The 1,800 page manuscript on the Maryland Campaign used firsthand accounts from war veterans and Carman's own personal experience.

Citizens group to meet

Citizens for the Preservation of Pleasant Valley will hold a general meeting and election Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rohrersville Ruritan Schoolhouse on Rohrersville School Road. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served. Guest speaker Don Burgess from the Harpers Ferry Photography Club will discuss Civil War photos from the Maryland Campaign of 1862.

For more information, e-mail or go to

Masons to hold open installation  

The Worshipful Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons invite the community to its Temple at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. to view a normally closed Masonic ceremony.

The installation of line officers is performed through a time honored ritual in which the marshal installs and invests each member of the incoming line with his special jewel and apron, which are symbols of the fraternity.

Masonry has been steeped in tradition for more than 700 years, and this ceremony gives the public a glimpse into this unknown and sometimes maligned organization.

Masons will also hold a statewide Masonic Open House Saturday, April 2.

For more information, go to  

Antietam Lodge 107 meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month and all Masons are invited to attend.

Ruritan to hold oyster, ham, turkey dinner  

The Rohrersville Ruritan Club will hold an oyster, ham and turkey dinner Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Rohrersville Ruritan Community Schoolhouse (five miles south of Boonsboro on Md. 67).  

The meal will be served with mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sauerkraut and dessert. Please bring containers for carryouts.

Tickets cost $14 for adults, $7 for those ages 6 to 12 and is free for those 5 and younger.

Fire company to hold basket bingo  

Potomac Valley Fire Co. in Dargan will hold a basket bingo Saturday at the fire hall.  

The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo starts at 1 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for a nine-pack of regular games.  There will also be $1 specials.  Food will be available.  

If the snow emergency plan is in effect, bingo will be canceled.  

For more information, call 301-432-2130.  

Kavanaugh to speak at senior site Jan. 20

Ita Kavanaugh will speak on "Depression In The Elderly" Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Southeastern senior site on Mount Vernon Drive in Keedysville.

Lucie will conduct exercises Wednesday, Jan. 19, and Jo Lumm will begin chaircaning classes Thursday, Jan. 20.  

For more information, call Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624.

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