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October 13, 2011
The landscape restoration project at the Antietam National Battlefield will be from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 19. Volunteers are needed to plant native wildflower plugs in several buffer areas. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor's Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Work projects start at 9 a.m. and end at noon. Participants are asked to dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy shoes or boots.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 25, 2011
The delicate dancing squeak of the fife and the rum-pum stickings and rudiments of the calfskin drums called Saturday afternoon visitors to Antietam National Battlefield to a shady patch beneath the trees just behind Dunker Church. The sounds luring them were the tunes of the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Led by Director Tim Ertel, the corps demonstrated Union field music that marked the moments of a soldier's day. "We give a program teaching music through the day of the soldier from 'Reveille' to 'Tattoo,' or lights out," Ertel said.
NEWS
September 11, 1997
Antietam Battlefield SHARPSBURG - Antietam National Battlefield Visitors' Center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Thursday, Sept. 18. The center will be open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 21. There is a $2 per person or $4 per family fee to enter the park. For information, call 301-432-5124. Thursday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 12 Interpretive programs throughout the day. Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept.
NEWS
February 4, 2013
Scouts of Troop 412 and Pack 34 participated in a hike Jan. 19 at Antietam National Battlefield. The Scouts hiked to Georgians' Overlook, then hiked Snavely Ford and Final Attack Trail. It was a joint hike with Pack 34 so the Webelo Scouts could meet the requirement of participating in an activity with a Boy Scout troop. Troop 412 is sponsored by Paramount Baptist Church and Pack 34 is sponsored by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
NEWS
July 22, 2011
Dunker Church Road at Mansfield Avenue in Antietam National Battlefield has been blocked off from Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65) all week. Mansfield Avenue is being worked on as part of the Antietam National Battlefield Park Project, said Doug Hecox, spokesperson for the Federal Highway Administration. The project, which began in August 2010, involves rehabilitating and resurfacing all of the roads in the battlefield, Hecox said. Crews are working on Mansfield Avenue, but in the coming weeks they will be working on Richardson Avenue, Hagerstown Pike, and around the Philadelphia Brigade monument.
NEWS
May 2, 2012
Antietam National Battlefield Historian Ted Alexander will discuss “Two Great American Armies at Antietam” on Wednesday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the battlefield's visitor center theater. Alexander will discuss the opposing forces, their differences and similarities. Topics will include leadership, combat efficiency of the troops, weapons, uniforms and equipment.  There will also be a discussion on the condition of the artillery and cavalry. The ethnicity of the soldiers will also be highlighted in the sharing of research documenting the service of Hispanics, American Indians, and thousands of Irish and German immigrants.
EDUCATION
November 11, 2012
On Oct. 25, the middle school students at Antietam Academy went on a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.  In addition to learning about the battlefield, and in conjunction with their social studies and language arts classes, the students fulfilled student service-learning requirement hours for middle school.  In the morning, the students participated in three activities with Ranger Christie Stanczak. The activities were “Civil War Soldier,” “Angels of the Battlefield” and “Flags that Talk.” In the afternoon, the students worked with Rangers Andrew Landsman and Chris Tawney and planted a variety of seedlings.
NEWS
July 7, 2012
David Burkey Hagerstown As a volunteer for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, David Burkey helped run a raffle for MSO concert tickets and Baltimore Orioles tickets, which he said drew attendees into the shade of the MSO's white tent Saturday afternoon. “People hear MSO tickets, and say, 'Oh, OK,' and then they hear Orioles tickets and are like, 'Oh yeah, I'll sign up,'” he said, laughing. Burkey said he has been coming to the celebration for several years, and loves looking out over the battlefield from his vantage point up on the hill.
NEWS
September 12, 1997
By BRENDAN KIRBY Staff Writer A land conservation group announced Thursday it has donated 11.6 acres near Antietam National Battlefield to the National Park Service, preserving an area that was the site of fighting during the famous Civil War battle. The Richard King Mellon Foundation, assisted by The Conservation Fund, recently acquired the land, said Jack Lynn, senior associate for the Arlington, Va.-based conservation fund. It was Mellon's fifth donation to the battlefield, he said.
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September 6, 2013
The Antietam National Battlefield will present a series of programs to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.  Fought on Sept. 17, 1862, Union and Confederate Armies clashed for 12 hours over the rolling fields outside of Sharpsburg. When the sun set, more than 23,000 soldiers who had been killed or wounded or missing in what is considered the bloodiest one-day battle in American history.  The Antietam National Battlefield is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | August 23, 2013
Turns out, winning The Herald-Mail's 17th annual Landmarks Contest really was a walk in the park for three women from Hagerstown. A walk and a drive. And lots of fun. The winners of the contest are Tia Taylor, her mother-in-law, Dena French, and Taylor's 12-year-old daughter, Destiny Taylor.  This year's contest was set in City Park in Hagerstown. The Herald-Mail published 10 close-up photos of elements of buildings or structures in the park. Participants searched for the clues and identified the landmarks.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | July 6, 2013
Deep green fields of soybeans flanked a crowd of thousands who gathered Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield for the 28th Salute to Independence. In between, green, blue, brown and other colorful blocks of plastic tarp and blankets covered the mowed grassy field where spectators waited to see the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's performance and fireworks that followed. Tents and beach umbrellas shielded them and their games of Uno, Go Fish and Dutch Blitz in the hours before the orchestra's salute, which began with the national anthem, “Maryland, My Maryland” and the Armed Forces Salute under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze.
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By KATE COLEMAN | katec@herald-mail.com | July 3, 2013
Antietam National Battlefield is a beautiful place - perhaps at its loveliest in early summer. On a clear day, the South County landscape offers views of gently rolling fields of green grass, young corn and golden grain bordered in the distance by bluish mountains and wide open sky. On Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m., the Maryland Symphony Orchestra will begin its 32nd season with the 28th annual Salute to Independence at Antietam National Battlefield....
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2013
Marcy Fleeharty had no idea her great aunt had multiple sclerosis until only days before Saturday's Walk MS Hagerstown at Antietam National Battlefield. Fleeharty, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said she already had decided to take part in Saturday's walk for her friend's mother, who was diagnosed with the chronic, often disabling disease. “Two days ago, talking to my mother, I found out my grandmother's sister had MS. I had no clue,” Fleeharty said. “The fact that the walks are designed to bring awareness works,” Fleeharty said as she and her friend, Lindsay Unger, finished the last several yards of the walk.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | April 20, 2013
A boom bellowed and black smoke poured from the barrel's mouth, but the caliber of sound the cannon made was only narrowly louder than the subsequent shrieks and gasps from the 12-and-younger crowd on Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield. Junior Ranger Day, which was divvied into sections aimed at Civil War education as well as teaching those in attendance to be “stewards of the park,” drew about 150 children plus their families, park Ranger Christie Stanczak said. Sam Cool of Hagerstown brought two of his daughters to the battlefield on what he termed a “staycation.” “She studied the Civil War in school and this is firsthand experience - can't beat it,” Cool, 47, said of his 9-year-old daughter, Molly, who described the day as “awesome.” Park volunteers Tracey McIntire and Audrey Scanlan, outfitted in uniforms representing the Iron Brigade - regimes from Wisconsin and Indiana that fought in the cornfield at Antietam - demonstrated how soldiers fired artillery using black powder blanks.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2013
Volunteers from throughout Maryland will team up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore four Civil War sites in the state. The 17th annual Park Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6; the rain date is Saturday, April 13. Volunteers will receive T-shirts and hear a local historian describe the significance of the site. Two local participating sites are:  Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg Contact: Debbie Cohen at debbie_cohen@nps.gov Activities: Landscaping, gardening, general cleanup Times: Beginning at 8 a.m.; work projects from 9 a.m. to noon; interpretive program, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Where to meet: Antietam National Battlefield visitors center, Sharpsburg  Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, Md. Contact: Brett Spaulding at brett_spaulding@nps.gov Activities: Landscaping, wayside signage preparation, general cleanup On the same date, volunteers from within the Potomac River watershed will gather together to remove trash from streams, trails and roads within the watershed as part of the Alice Ferguson Foundation Potomac Watershed Cleanup.
LIFESTYLE
March 10, 2013
Name: Thomas G. Clemens Age: 62 City in which you reside: Keedysville Day job: retired professor emeritus, Hagerstown Community College; licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam; president, Save Historic Antietam Inc., a battlefield preservation nonprofit corporation.  Book title: "The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vol. I & II," written by Ezra A. Carman, edited and annotated by me.  Genre: Civil War...
NEWS
February 4, 2013
Scouts of Troop 412 and Pack 34 participated in a hike Jan. 19 at Antietam National Battlefield. The Scouts hiked to Georgians' Overlook, then hiked Snavely Ford and Final Attack Trail. It was a joint hike with Pack 34 so the Webelo Scouts could meet the requirement of participating in an activity with a Boy Scout troop. Troop 412 is sponsored by Paramount Baptist Church and Pack 34 is sponsored by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church.
LIFESTYLE
January 11, 2013
Age: 54 City in which you reside: Smithsburg Day job: Web developer, High Rock Studios, Hagerstown Book title: "Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them" Genre: Historical nonfiction, Civil War Synopsis of book: "Rare Images of Antietam" is the beginning of my attempt to document, organize and interpret, in a comprehensive fashion, the historical photographs and photographers associated with...
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