Victory for Preservation!

July 14, 2015

Something I thought we’d never see has happened! The 44 acre Wilson tract, the triangular parcel of land south of the Cornfield and north of the Visitor’s Center, has been purchased by Civil War Trust. SHAF has contributed several thousand dollars to this effort, and now we have been asked to help restore the property. This will entail removing the barn, cutting out non-historic tree lines and replanting the eastern portion in trees. We will be posting notices when all this will take place as we will need your help, both physically and financially. This tract will eventually be acquired by the National Park Service, but our challenge is to restore it prior to that transfer.

SHAF Wins Preservation Award!!

May 20, 2015

Preservation Maryland will be presenting their 30th annual awards on Thursday May 21 in a ceremony in Baltimore. This year SHAF will be receiving their Volunteerism Award in recognition of our 30 years of volunteer service preserving historic sites in the Antietam Valley. Obviously everyone who is a member of SHAF has made this award possible, and the Board of Directors and myself express our sincere thanks that your generosity and labors have enabled this state wide acknowledgment of our efforts.

Spring Work Day

March 27, 2015

Our Spring Work Day was very successful with nearly a dozen people turning out to work on the Ninth Corps Attack Field. The park is putting much emphasis on this part of the field, and it was a thrill to help restore it. Watch for our announcement of upcoming Work Days.

Agenda for general membership meeting

March 13, 2015

Agenda

SHAF General Membership Meeting

10:00 March 21, 2015

Mumma Farm, Antietam Battlefield

Welcome and introduction of Board members.

1.  What have we accomplished?

– Origins of SHAF

– Original Mission and Focus

– Actions Taken/ Accomplished

2.  What challenges do we face?

–  Aging membership and board

–  Land acquisition not as high a priority

–  Maintaining the right balance in our relationship with:

-  the community and

-  other civil war preservation organizations

3.  Where do we go from here?

–  Working relationship with park

–  Importance of educational and research programs

–  Emphasis on easement protection

–  Preservation activities outside of immediate Antietam battlefield area.

General Membership Meeting

March 5, 2015

SHAF will be holding a General Membership Meeting on March 21, 2015 at the Mumma Farm, Antietam National battlefield, starting at 10:00 a.m. We think it is time, after 30 years of saving battlefield land, it is time to re-examine of goals, purpose and structure to align ourselves for the next few decades. Any person who has contributed to SHAF in any way over the past few years is invited to attend and voice their opinion. Responding here will help us get an idea how many chairs to set out, thank you.