SHAF Workday this Saturday, March 30

October 27, 2019

SHAF will be holding a work day this Saturday, March 30 at the American Battlefield Trust’s Poffenberger Tract directly across from the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center. The work will begin at 9 am.

We will be mostly feeding brush and tree limbs into a chipper, although there may be some other work too. It is likely we will be there most of the day as there is a lot of brush and tree limbs to grind up. Any and all help is welcome.

We hope to see you there!

SHAF Save the Dates

October 13, 2019

Save the date for a couple of our upcoming annual events for 2019. There will be more information to follow shortly.

Saturday, March 30, 2019: Annual SHAF Work Day at Antietam National Battlefield

Saturday, April 27, 2019: SHAF Annual Meeting at Antietam National Battlefield

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Next SHAF Work Day, September 28, 2019

October 8, 2019

Save Historic Antietam Foundation’s next work day will be held at 9 am on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Meet us at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center. The work day will involve clearing trees and brush from the American Battlefield Trust tract of land across the road from the Visitor Center.

For more information, please email us.

Agenda for General Membership meeting

October 25, 2018

Agenda 4/28/2018

Annual Membership Meeting – Mumma Barn

10:00 Welcome

Introduction of Board members

Recap of past year – Status of Poffenberger house; Spring Work Day; Piper farm clearing; NPS Donation: new fencing and Newcomer repairs; Harsh Award; new software; NPS  library open; 2020 renovation of VC, NPS interpretation plans; SHAF receives CWT Award.

Financial report – Bill

CWT – possible purchase opportunity

Other potential projects – Kerry & Rodney Miller Easements, Kefauver properties, Bodie Tract, Stransky property, re-route power lines to the bypass?

John Schildt – a word about publications.

Dennis Frye – new book

Nomination & election of Board Members –

Lunch –

1:00 Walking tour (dependent on when we break for lunch) – Reel Ridge, Hauser farm, Poffenberger tract.

">Spring 2018 workday rescheduled to Saturday, March 31

October 23, 2018

Due to the recent snow, SHAF’s annual spring workday has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 31, 2018.

Volunteers will meet at 9:00 am at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg, MD 21782.

We will be clearing brush along a historic road trace through the East Woods.

Please dress appropriately for the weather and the work. Please check back periodically for weather updates and cancellation or rescheduling notices.

Harsh Award Scholarship to be handed out in 2018

October 7, 2018

A Scholarship Award in Honor of Dr. Joseph L. Harsh

In 2011, the Board of Directors (BOD) of Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. (SHAF) established an award for scholarly research regarding the Maryland Campaign of 1862, especially the Battle of Antietam. The award is named in honor of Dr. Joseph L. Harsh, longtime professor at George Mason University, and author of a prize-winning trilogy on the Maryland Campaign. Through the generosity of the family and friends of Dr. Harsh, SHAF is able to provide an annual stipend of up to $2,500 for the successful applicant to undertake a research project to enhance understanding of the campaign and battle. The stipend will be offered annually and will be awarded based on review of the applicant’s proposal by a stipend committee composed of three members of the SHAF Board of Directors, the Harsh family and Antietam National Battlefield (ANB). The committee will also oversee the project. The stipend committee shall determine the criteria used to choose an awardee. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply as often as they like. Members of the SHAF Board of Directors are prohibited from applying.

SHAF hopes this funding will promote research on unresolved issues concerning the campaign. If a scholar does not have a topic in mind, suggestions can be provided by SHAF.

Application Procedures & Timeline

The award will be presented to a successful applicant who produces a scholarly paper based on solid, original research with proper citations using the Chicago Manual of Style on some aspect of the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The final paper should be approximately 10,000 words in double spaced format. Photographic illustrations, maps and charts are encouraged. Because this award honors a great scholar, it is imperative that the completed project reflect the highest standards of scholarship and research.

The award shall be worth up to $2,500. An advance of $1,000 will be paid when the project is approved, the balance upon successful completion of the project.

Applicants must submit a 200-word abstract stating the thesis for the research project, a research methodology and relevance of the topic to furthering understanding of the Maryland Campaign of 1862. They will also provide a brief résumé and two letters of recommendation emphasizing their historical and research credentials.

The stipend committee must approve the topics. Applications can be submitted to SHAF no later than March 1, 2018, and the award will be announced by March 15, 2018. Research must be completed by September 1, 2018. The guidelines and more details are available at the SHAF website,

Applications should be submitted by mail to SHAF, P.O. Box 550, Sharpsburg, MD 21782 or emailed through our website,, and must include two letters of recommendation.

Eligibility for the award is open to all persons. Applicants need not be enrolled in any school, but must provide evidence of their ability to perform the research required for completion of the project.

Monthly progress reports shall be sent to SHAF from the time of selection until the final paper is submitted.

The successful applicant shall make a public presentation of his or her findings at the annual battle anniversary commemoration. The full research material, with the presentation and notes, will be submitted to SHAF by December 15, 2018, and will be posted on their website and included in their Annual Report. A copy of all material produced by the recipient shall also be deposited in the ANB Library.

The recipient shall also submit a scholarly paper derived from their research to a Civil War or military magazine for publication. SHAF will own the article and receive any publication payment, but the author’s name will be used in the publication.

Antietam battlefield property transferred to the NPS

October 2, 2018

The East Woods property is now in possession of the National Park Service (map courtesy of American Battlefield Trust)

As of Wednesday, June 27, 2018, the East Woods property has been officially transferred to the National Park Service and Antietam National Battlefield. This property, approximately 5 acres, was purchased in 2016 for $265,000, with about $20,000 from SHAF. We spent another $23,000 to demolish the buildings and restore the land. It has now been planted with trees to restore it to its wartime appearance.


SHAF Annual Membership Meeting, May 6, 2017

October 24, 2017

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2016 has been a busy year for SHAF! Join us on May 6, 2017 for a review of the previous year’s activities.

It is almost time for SHAF’s Annual Membership Meeting! We will gather at the Mumma Barn on Antietam Battlefield at 10:00 Saturday May 6,2017. There will be updates about the past year’s activities and discussionsabout priorities and plans for the coming year. We will have SHAF hats, shirts and other items to sell, some used books for sale, and lots of fun and fellowship. We also have acquired some Keith Rocco prints of Antietam that we will sell by silent auction.  After the meeting and lunch (see below) Dennis Frye & TomClemens will lead a walking tour to view our recent successes in preserving parts of the north end of the battlefield. Distance about 1 ½ miles, easy pace; please wear comfortablewalking shoes.

Box lunches can be ordered for $10 and choices include Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, Sliced Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie and cheese sandwiches/Wraps,with sides and drink. Let us know ASAP what you’d like and we will have them delivered to the Mumma barn.

Recent changes on the Antietam Battlefield

October 20, 2017

Destruction began and was completed – in most cases – this week on two of the Civil War Trust’s recent purchases at the battlefield.  Thanks to SHAF Board Member Sharon Murray for the photos.

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Tearing down the Wilson Farm south of Cornfield Ave.

Clearing out the modern home in the East Woods

Clearing out the modern home in the East Woods

SHAF Spring Work Day

October 25, 2016

Our Spring Work Day will be on Saturday April 16, 2016. Meet at 9:00 at the Burnside Bridge overflow parking lot, bring gloves, water and dress for the weather. Please register at Preservation Maryland website o secure a box lunch. We will work until 3 p.m.

SHAF Annual Meeting

October 8, 2016

We will hold a General Membership Meeting on Saturday June 18, 2016. Time is TBA, and the meeting will be in the Mumma Barn at Antietam National Battlefield. We will elect  board members and report on our activities for the past year. All members of SHAF are welcome to attend and vote. Watch here for times and agenda.

Meal Choices for 2019 SHAF Annual Meeting

April 17, 2019

Hello SHAF Members!

Below are the meal choices for our annual meeting on April 27th at the Mumma Barn. The price is $12 each and includes a drink. You can pay that day. Please respond by April 25th with your choice so we can get a count.

1. Chicken salad on wheat
2. Turkey wrap w/swiss cheese
3. Roast beef w/American cheese on rye
4. Veggie on sourdough

Please email your reservations here.