Grants awarded for local Civil War projects

August 24, 2011

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority provided grants to three local projects:

    • A Civil War exhibit at the Washington County Fine Arts Museum that will include children’s education stations, archival and artifact collections, and works of art related to the war.

    • A documentary film focusing on the story of the Civil War in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.

    • The development of itineraries for tourists to help them better understand people in towns along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, and how the Civil War affected towns like Hancock, Williamsport and Sharpsburg.

The grant supports heritage tourism projects that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation in the state, officials said.

A total of $117,000 in grants went to the local projects, which fall under the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. That designation promotes stewardship of historic, cultural and natural Civil War resources in Washington, Carroll and Frederick counties.

A grant for $47,000 went to the Washington County Fine Arts Museum for the “Valley of the Shadow” Civil War exhibit, according to a news release from Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Plans are for the exhibit to open in June 2012 and run until July 2013, said Elizabeth Scott Shatto, director of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

"It's a very comprehensive, multilayered exhibit," Shatto said.

The documentary film, titled "Heart of the Civil War," will be an hour-long production about the Civil War in Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties. The film will cover areas such as  the lead-up to the Battle of Gettysburg, the retreat from the battle and how it affected the local area, and the Battle of Monocacy, Shatto said.

The film will premiere on Maryland Public Television in mid-September 2012, and is expected to have companion products readily accessible for on-demand download and viewing by the traveling public, according to Shatto and Riford.

Rebecca Massie Lane, director Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, said the museum is interested in learning of local collections that might be pertinent to the Civil War exhibition. To contact the museum, call 301-739-5727 or email

Editor's note: This story was edited Aug. 24, 2011, to correct the dates for the "Valley of the Shadow" Civil War exhibit.

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