Save Historic Antietam Foundation Creates Agency Fund

July 4, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ally Sirbaugh-(301) 745-5210
Save Historic Antietam Foundation Creates Agency Fund
HAGERSTOWN, Maryland, November 22, 2019—Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF) recently created an agency fund at the Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. to provide unrestricted financial support for current initiatives of SHAF to preserve the environs in and around Antietam Battlefield and other sites of the Maryland Campaign.
Established in 1986, Save Historic Antietam Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to preserve and protect historic sites connected to the Maryland Campaign as well as other important sites in the region threatened by development or demolition. SHAF works to accomplish this mission through public education, historic preservation advocacy, fundraising and by purchasing scenic easements.
“The Community Foundation of Washington County was recommended to us as a locally-managed organization that serves its donors well,” said Dr. Thomas G. Clemens, SHAF President. “SHAF is an all-volunteer agency, and the Community Foundation takes a burden off our leaders by providing an easy way for our members to donate and be acknowledged for their gifts. We are thrilled to be affiliated with them.”
Donations may be made to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc. Fund at the Community Foundation by sending a check to 37 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or by credit card on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfwcmd.org.
About Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc.
Community Foundation of Washington County MD, Inc. has a five-year annualized investment return that makes it one of the top-performing community foundations in the country. The Foundation has over $40 million in assets and has distributed more than $22 million in grants and scholarships since 1997. Donors can support any of its 340 funds or create a charitable fund of their own. To learn how to create a fund at the Community Foundation, please visit www.cfwcmd.org, or call (301) 745-5210.

Spring 2018 workday rescheduled to Saturday, March 31

August 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.

">SHAF is accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship Award in Honor of Dr. Joseph L. Harsh

August 18, 2018

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 criteria used to choose an awardee shall be determined by the stipend committee. Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply as often as they like.

SHAF hopes this funding will promote research on unresolved issues concerning the campaign, including the experience of the common soldier and civilians, the Maryland Campaign in the larger context of the Civil War, and the remembrance of the campaign and its aftermath. 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. 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 emphasizing their historical and research credentials.
  • Topics must be approved by the stipend committee. Applications can be submitted to SHAF no later than February 15, 2019, and the award will be announced by March 1, 2019. Research must be completed by September 1, 2019. The guidelines and more details are available at the SHAF website, www.shaf.org
  • Applications should be submitted by mail to SHAF, P.O. Box 550, Sharpsburg, MD 21782 or by email.
  • Eligibility for the award is open to all persons, except members of the SHAF Board of Directors. 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, 2019, 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.

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

August 7, 2018

SHAF Board member John Schildt speaking during the annual meeting

SHAF board member and co-founder Dennis Frye talks about SHAF’s accomplishments

SHAF President Tom Clemens speaking during the annual meeting in the Mumma Barn

SHAF Statement Regarding the Destruction and Defacing of Civil War Monuments

July 20, 2020

Antietam, Harpers Ferry, South Mountain and Shepherdstown Battlefields, were scenes of major conflict during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. When these battlefields were recognized as historic sites where thousands of American lives were lost, and many thousands more forever changed, various groups chose to commemorate these places. The first commemoration, arguably, was to create cemeteries, to which the remains of those buried on the field were removed. After many years, statues, monuments and markers were erected to recognize the sacrifice and valor displayed by American soldiers at these sites. SHAF believes that any place Americans fought, bled, and died becomes hallowed ground, and thus are entitled to the solemnity accorded cemeteries. As recently as ten years ago, partial remains of soldiers were discovered on these sacred fields, demonstrating this land is still, essentially, hallowed ground.

We believe removing any vestige of one side on Civil War battlefields would present a distorted version of America’s greatest internal conflict. Rather than remove the commemorative artifacts of previous generations, we need to contextualize and interpret the past to advance education and support preservation. We therefore deplore the vandalizing of any statue or monument on this ground and oppose their removal. We instead call for a more thorough understanding through additional interpretive markers explaining the evolution of societal values and the power of historical memory.

Film Supports SHAF

June 17, 2020

Support quality history-based filmmaking and Antietam at the same time!

The well-received short film “Hold My Horse”, based on the life of Gen. Israel Richardson, is a perfect diversion for current times! It represents good history, a good story, and good material culture all at once.

The film has garnered glowing reviews from both Civil War News and Military Images magazines. It depicts an account by Dan Crotty, color sergeant in the 3rd and later 5th Michigan Infantries, of how Gen. Richardson (Christian Stolte, Chicago Fire, Public Enemies) taught a lesson to an overly ambitious young officer – all with Richardson’s trademark laid-back humor.

Even better, Look Around You Ventures, the company behind “Hold My Horse”, is donating 30% of gross receipts. These are split equally between Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit (where Richardson entered service), and Save Historic Antietam Foundation (where he was mortally wounded).

Check out the film today and help support historic preservation at the same time! https://vimeo.com/ondemand/holdmyhorse

SHAF Helps Clear Non-Historic Tree lines on ABT Property

May 26, 2020

Save Historic Antietam Foundation volunteers have recently been active clearing non-historic trees from the American Battlefield Trust’s property across Dunker Church Road from the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center. View the gallery below for updated images of the property.

If you support projects like these, please consider donating to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation by clicking the button below.

SHAF Annual Membership Meeting Postponed

March 28, 2020

Our annual membership meeting, scheduled for April 25 is now indefinitely postponed. Because the National Park Service is closed, we obviously cannot meet at the Mumma Barn until they open. Nobody knows when they will re-open, but when they do we will re-schedule and notify all of you immediately. We apologize for any inconvenience and are sure this is just one of many events recently re-scheduled.

We have made great progress clearing the Poffenberger tract, and are anxious to show it to you. Our Harsh Scholar Award recipient, Matthew Borders, will be working weekends when the NPS re-opens, and we hope we can work out a date when he can attend our meeting and deliver his research to you. We still have lots of prints and books to sell at attractive prices, and we are sure you will want to take advantage of these things and help SHAF at the same time.

Thanks for your patience, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

March 21 SHAF Work Day Update

March 17, 2020

We are well aware of the precautions being taken due to the coronavirus and the concern of it being spread through group interaction. We also are concerned that we have been piling branches from our tree cutting in places where a hay crop is growing, and we need to remove these piles so we do not interfere with the farmer harvesting the hay in these fields.

Therefore we have decided to continue with our Work Day this coming Saturday. As best we can, we will practice social distancing, no group photo, mostly we will be lining up to feed branches into a chipper and there is no need to get close to anyone else. We urge you to exercise any precautions you feel are appropriate. If you are in the group whose age and/or health issues make you vulnerable to the disease, please feel free to opt-out of attending.

If you do attend, please bring gloves, hearing protection, water, and please dress for the weather. We can use a few people Friday night to feed branches into the chipper, which will arrive at the site about 4:30 and we can work until dusk. Saturday morning we will begin around 8:30 and plan to work until 4:00. We usually get a large crowd in the morning and by early afternoon tales off to just a few people. Please feel free to stagger your participation by arriving later in the day, if that suits your schedule, so we can have enough people there all day long.

It is not necessary to let us know you’re attending, but it would be helpful.

Thank you.
SHAF