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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2011
Ed Bearss has been described as the "Homer of the American Civil War," a historian armed with an encyclopedic mind whose tours are a "transcendental experience. " At 87 years old, he still recalls the names of the streets soldiers marched en route to war nearly 150 years ago, lesser officers who carried out orders and the boats that sat offshore when the first shots of the war were fired on Fort Sumter, S.C. in 1861. "The man is a national treasure," said Lynn Moats of Fayetteville, Pa.   As U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, an author, and chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, Bearss has had many adjectives assigned to his name.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
After Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson spoke to a large crowd about the Battle of Antietam for about 45 minutes Sunday night, Ed Bearss approached the podium and jokingly thanked his longtime friend for his “preliminary remarks” about Antietam. Bearss' comment elicited loud laughter from the audience of approximately 500 who came to the tent outside Antietam National Battlefield's visitors center Sunday night to hear two of the most renowned Civil War historians.
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October 14, 2012
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours donated $6,500 for battlefield preservation on Oct. 2, presenting $5,000 to Antietam National Battlefield and $1,500 to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce offers the seminars with co-founder Ted Alexander. The money was raised through the auction of Civil War books and other memorabilia at a July seminar about the Battle of Antietam, as well as other fundraising efforts, according to a news release.
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April 4, 2012
1. Raising voices in historical songs Renfrew Institute's three-part series on the War of 1812 will conclude with David Hildebrand singing war songs from the era. The lecture wil be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Renfrew Museum & Park Visitor's Center, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Admission is free. Registration is not required. Donations accepted. Call 717-762-0373. 2. Music with a message May Weather, Giants at Large, pictured, No Good News, The Eleventh Hour and Random Holiday will perform at 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown.
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by DON AINES | July 23, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ed Bearss first passed through Chambersburg while hitchhiking across the country from Montana in 1941, having first read about the town four years earlier in a book about J.E.B. Stewart. The historian emeritus of the National Park Service arrived by bus Thursday, accompanied by many of the history buffs who signed up for this year's Chambersburg Civil War Seminar. A reception in his honor was held in the new Heritage Center.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2012
In September 1862, a majority of Sharpsburg residents fled their homes as Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the town to wage war. Now, almost 150 years later, Antietam National Battlefield officials are bracing for an influx of another sort. Susan Trail, a National Park Service ranger and superintendent at the battlefield, said Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that thousands of tourists are expected to attend the sesquicentennial celebration of the battle from Sept.
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by DON AINES | July 28, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com Civil War aficionados from across America gathered Wednesday night to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson speak on the opening night of the annual Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours, but few whose interest in the subject is as evident as that of Giro Gaimaro. "You want to see my tattoo?" Gaimaro said after getting McPherson to autograph a book. The West Brooklyn, N.Y., man took off his shirt to reveal a Civil War tableau that covers his entire back, from an American flag across his shoulders, descending to portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee flanking the Gettysburg Address to Gen. Lewis A. Armistead leading Pickett's Charge on the small of his back.
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by DON AINES | July 6, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A face and voice familiar to aficionados of the Civil War and viewers of The History Channel will be feted this month as part of ChambersFest's annual Summer Civil War Seminar, local historian Ted Alexander said. "A Salute to Ed Bearss" will be held in the new Heritage Center on Memorial Square at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, said Alexander, the chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield. The Heritage Center, still getting its finishing touches in preparation for ChambersFest, will feature exhibits and videos on the history of the Chambersburg area.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | January 29, 2006
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It's nearly time to dust off the hoop skirts and black stovepipe hats in anticipation of a Civil War Trails Discovery Weekend to be held in Franklin County, Pa., from Feb. 3 to 5. The weekend, part of a Pennsylvania tourism initiative, will feature special presentations, shopping, recreation and dining in five of the county's communities: Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro...
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July 19, 2008
The value of Civil War seminars What do a factory worker from Baltimore, a history teacher from Chambersburg, Pa., a nurse from New Jersey and a priest from Australia have in common? They all attend Chambersburg Civil War Seminars! Indeed, since the founding of these events in 1989, more than 6,000 men and women from 38 different states and four foreign countries have trekked to our area to take part in these educational seminars. These events have put us on the map, featuring top names in the Civil War field.
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October 14, 2012
Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours donated $6,500 for battlefield preservation on Oct. 2, presenting $5,000 to Antietam National Battlefield and $1,500 to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce offers the seminars with co-founder Ted Alexander. The money was raised through the auction of Civil War books and other memorabilia at a July seminar about the Battle of Antietam, as well as other fundraising efforts, according to a news release.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | September 16, 2012
After Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson spoke to a large crowd about the Battle of Antietam for about 45 minutes Sunday night, Ed Bearss approached the podium and jokingly thanked his longtime friend for his “preliminary remarks” about Antietam. Bearss' comment elicited loud laughter from the audience of approximately 500 who came to the tent outside Antietam National Battlefield's visitors center Sunday night to hear two of the most renowned Civil War historians.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2012
In September 1862, a majority of Sharpsburg residents fled their homes as Union and Confederate soldiers converged on the town to wage war. Now, almost 150 years later, Antietam National Battlefield officials are bracing for an influx of another sort. Susan Trail, a National Park Service ranger and superintendent at the battlefield, said Wednesday during a Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce breakfast that thousands of tourists are expected to attend the sesquicentennial celebration of the battle from Sept.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
1. Raising voices in historical songs Renfrew Institute's three-part series on the War of 1812 will conclude with David Hildebrand singing war songs from the era. The lecture wil be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Renfrew Museum & Park Visitor's Center, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Admission is free. Registration is not required. Donations accepted. Call 717-762-0373. 2. Music with a message May Weather, Giants at Large, pictured, No Good News, The Eleventh Hour and Random Holiday will perform at 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown.
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May 26, 2011
A historian who contributed to the Ken Burns documentary, "The Civil War," will speak Wednesday, June 1, during an event sponsored by the Potomac Highlands World War II Roundtable. Ed Bearss will speak about the Battle of Guadalcanal, roundtable President Chip Zimmert said. In addition to being a Civil War historian, Bearss served on Guadalcanal with the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion. Zimmer said the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morris Frock American Legion at 405 Northern Ave. in Hagerstown, is free and open to the public.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | February 24, 2011
Ed Bearss has been described as the "Homer of the American Civil War," a historian armed with an encyclopedic mind whose tours are a "transcendental experience. " At 87 years old, he still recalls the names of the streets soldiers marched en route to war nearly 150 years ago, lesser officers who carried out orders and the boats that sat offshore when the first shots of the war were fired on Fort Sumter, S.C. in 1861. "The man is a national treasure," said Lynn Moats of Fayetteville, Pa.   As U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, an author, and chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service, Bearss has had many adjectives assigned to his name.
NEWS
July 19, 2008
The value of Civil War seminars What do a factory worker from Baltimore, a history teacher from Chambersburg, Pa., a nurse from New Jersey and a priest from Australia have in common? They all attend Chambersburg Civil War Seminars! Indeed, since the founding of these events in 1989, more than 6,000 men and women from 38 different states and four foreign countries have trekked to our area to take part in these educational seminars. These events have put us on the map, featuring top names in the Civil War field.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | January 29, 2006
waynesboro@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - It's nearly time to dust off the hoop skirts and black stovepipe hats in anticipation of a Civil War Trails Discovery Weekend to be held in Franklin County, Pa., from Feb. 3 to 5. The weekend, part of a Pennsylvania tourism initiative, will feature special presentations, shopping, recreation and dining in five of the county's communities: Chambersburg, Mercersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro...
NEWS
by DON AINES | July 28, 2005
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com Civil War aficionados from across America gathered Wednesday night to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson speak on the opening night of the annual Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours, but few whose interest in the subject is as evident as that of Giro Gaimaro. "You want to see my tattoo?" Gaimaro said after getting McPherson to autograph a book. The West Brooklyn, N.Y., man took off his shirt to reveal a Civil War tableau that covers his entire back, from an American flag across his shoulders, descending to portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee flanking the Gettysburg Address to Gen. Lewis A. Armistead leading Pickett's Charge on the small of his back.
NEWS
by DON AINES | July 23, 2004
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Ed Bearss first passed through Chambersburg while hitchhiking across the country from Montana in 1941, having first read about the town four years earlier in a book about J.E.B. Stewart. The historian emeritus of the National Park Service arrived by bus Thursday, accompanied by many of the history buffs who signed up for this year's Chambersburg Civil War Seminar. A reception in his honor was held in the new Heritage Center.
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