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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
March 18, 2013
Officials at Antietam National Battlefield probably will cut back on park ranger-led tours, programs for school students, regular maintenance of monuments and historical buildings and mowing due to the federal budget cuts known as sequestration, the superintendent of the park said. Also, park officials probably will not extend the hours of operation for the park's visitor center during the summer this year, said Susan Trail. The visitor's center closing time is usually extended from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer months, Trail said.
February 7, 2013
A new visitors center could be built in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., before the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monterey Pass this July. The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. is planning for a 1,064-square-foot stone building on the land purchased in 2011 by the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors. Representatives of that organization told the township supervisors Monday that an existing building on the site would require extensive rehabilitation to effectively serve as an interpretive center.
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.
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...
December 20, 2012
The Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Tourism Development Board have presented the 2012 Maryland Tourism Awards. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, through a partnership with Antietam National Battlefield and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, was recognized with a Cultural Heritage Tourism Award. The Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area is a state-certified heritage area made up of Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties.
December 1, 2012
Before the sun set Saturday, the thousands of luminarias arrayed across the fields of Antietam National Battlefield were almost invisible from a distance, the paper bags blending into a background of wheat, hay and corn stubble. As day gave way to dusk and dusk to darkness, the 23,110 candles began to glimmer and then glow, their lights following the contours of the land where an equal number of men were killed, wounded or reported missing 150 years ago during the Battle of Antietam.
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.