September 12, 2012
While Clara Barton's care of the wounded and dying during the Civil War is the stuff of legend, it took the hands of just about every area woman and girl over the age of 13 to tend to the thousands of patients from the Sept. 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam, according to Susan Rosenvold, superintendent of Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office. The efforts, from the Hagerstown-based Ladies Aid Society to local families whose homes were forcibly converted to hospitals, helped save lives and offered compassion and care both to those who would live and to the dying, Rosenvold said.
July 1, 2012
First United Bank & Trust Scott Hostetler recently returned to First United Bank & Trust as a mortgage loan originator. He will be providing service to the consumers in Washington and Frederick counties. Hostetler comes back to First United with 18 years of banking experience. He has held the positions of branch manager, equipment leasing representative, mortgage originator, city executive and commercial lender. He is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, with a concentration in finance and a minor in accounting.
June 22, 2012
The 20th annual conference on Civil War Medicine is scheduled for October. A pre-conference event is a bus tour of the hospital sites of Antietam National Battlefield Thursday, Oct. 4. The conference is Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown. Staff at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is working in partnership with the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda Medical Center, in obtaining Continuing Medical Education credits for conference participation. For more information, contact Karen Thomassen at 301-695-1864, ext. 12, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 21, 2012
For many 21st-century Americans, mention the banjo and the image that often comes to mind is a white man in overalls playing bluegrass or a similar style of music. But George Wunderlich, executive director at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, said that image isn't an accurate depiction of the original instrument. Wunderlich, who is also a banjo aficionado, said the style of banjo music from the Civil-War era will ring through the grounds of the Pry House Field Hospital on Antietam National Battlefield, from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 23, during a banjo concert.
June 16, 2012
History is not only the record of what happened, but also what did not, and in the case of the Battle of Antietam, the Army of Northern Virginia did not invade Pennsylvania. The sesquicentennial of the Sept. 17, 1862, battle is approaching, and Dennis Frye, chief historian at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park, explained the significance of the days before the battle during a lecture Saturday at City Park. It was one of many events for First Call Weekend, which runs through today.
June 15, 2012
Audrey Scanlan-Teller teared up as she pointed out the Civil War-era document. For about six years, she had been researching her relative, Israel Parshall Keeney, a Union soldier who was mortally wounded at the Battle of South Mountain. As a knowledgeable volunteer at Antietam National Battlefield and at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Teller, of Middletown, Md., had been asked to serve on the planning committee for an exhibit commemorating the war's 150th anniversary at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
May 21, 2012
1. Pretty posies Antietam Garden Club will present a standard flower show with six arrangement categories and horticulture specimens from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Western Maryland Hospital Center, second floor auditorium, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., north of Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-991-9201 or email email@example.com . 2. Hip to be square Artwork by Doug Kinnett will be on display at South Jefferson Public Library, 49 Church St., Summit Point, W.Va. Reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Exhibit continues through June.
September 18, 2011
The American Bus Association recently announced that the Civil War 150th commemoration of the Maryland Campaign, being held Sept. 8 to 22, 2012, has been designated as one of the top 100 events in North America for 2012 by a tourism industry selection committee. Inclusion in the top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that the 150th commemoration of the Maryland Campaign offers value to tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to the ABA. “The 150th commemoration of the Maryland Campaign explores the impact of Gen. Robert E. Lee's first advance of the Confederate army into the north, crossing the Potomac into Maryland,” said Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area Director Liz Shatto.
September 16, 2011
Kids Bash Veggie Tales' Bob and Larry will appear. Thirty "Veggie Tales" DVD giveaways, free backpacks, family photos, hay rides, slide, crafts, games, barrel train rides, petting zoo, miniature horses, food and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The Good Shepherd Ministries, 19763 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown. $1. Call 301-665-3767 to register in advance. 'Somethin' to Do' Free activities include carnival-type games, face-painting, snacks, a sand craft, train ride.
July 19, 2011
The American Civil War might have reached a swifter conclusion had the federal government not armed its soldiers with inexpensive weapons to save money, said George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. The .58-caliber rifle that was the workhorse of the Union army was mass produced because it cost only $13 to manufacture, Wunderlich said. But the drawback was that the soldier had to reload the weapon through the muzzle after he fired each shot.