Pa. chamber to host seminar on Civil War

July 21, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — About 70 history buffs from throughout the United States will join some of the nation’s top historians at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s next Civil War seminar.

One of the largest groups of Antietam authorities ever assembled at a single seminar will be presenters at “Antietam: The Bloodiest Day” from July 25 to 29.

The five-day seminar will be based at the Four Points by Sheraton at 1123 Lincoln Way East, and include tours to sites not usually open to the public, according to Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield and the chamber’s partner on three Civil War seminars each year.

In addition to Pennsylvania, seminar participants are coming from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Canada.

“This is no ordinary seminar,” Alexander said.

Through the cooperative efforts of the National Park Service, the seminar will feature a number of top NPS tour guides and a presentation by Susan Trail, superintendent of Antietam National Battlefield. The sites not usually open to the public include a tour by Keven Walker “inside many of the historic farmsteads on the field,” Alexander said.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau are co-sponsoring the seminar.

Attendees will tour Antietam National Battlefield and nearby Civil War sites.

An auction to raise funds for preservation will be July 27 at 7:30 p.m., and feature books about history, prints, artifacts and special items. Most of the proceeds will go to Antietam National Battlefield and the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. The auction at Four Points by Sheraton is open to the public as well as seminar attendees.

For more information or to register for the seminar, call Cindy Baker at 717-264-7101, ext. 206. Costs vary depending on sessions attended. Participants can attend the entire seminar or particular sessions.

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