Fall 2007 Events

We hope to see you at these upcoming events:

Sharpsburg’s Heritage Day Saturday September 15, 2007. Lectures, food, crafts, tours of historic homes, living history groups, and other activities in and around Sharpsburg, Maryland all day. Contact Paige Phifer 301-432-4631 for details. Paigephifer@earthlink.net

Full Schedule (Updated 8/16/2007)

9:00 – Rohrersville Band at Music Tent
9:30 – SHAF lecture series – John Schildt – Christ Reformed Church
10:00 – Antietam Battle Hospitals of Sharpsburg Tour-guided tour by John Nelson.
10:00 – Wildcat Regiment Band Concert at Music Tent
10:30 – Lecture at Town Hall – Ted Alexander “Citizens of Sharpsburg During the Battle of Antietam”
11:00 – 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Concert at Music Tent
12:00 – Remembrance Ceremony & Battle of the Bands on S. Mechanic Street – Md SCV Color Guard, Rev. Catlett, Rev. Michael, Wildcat Band and 2nd Md Fife and Drum
1:00 – SHAF lecture series – John Nelson – Christ Reformed Church “The Sublimest Spectacle that Mortals Ever Gaze Upon – How Newspapers Covered the Battle of Antietam”
1:30 – Antietam Women’s Ensemble concert
2:00 – Antietam Battle Hospitals of Sharpsburg Walking Tour-guided tour by John Nelson
2:00 – Wildcat Regiment Band Concert at Music Tent
2:00 – SHAF lecture series – Tom Clemens – Christ Reformed Church “Why Sharpsburg: Lee’s Intentions in the Maryland Campaign
2:30 – Lecture at Town Hall – Sandy Izer, “Chaplain’s Mount Pleasant”
3:00 – 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Concert at Tent
3:00 – SHAF lecture series – TBA, 16th Connecticut – Christ Reformed Church
5-7 – Pig Roast Picnic Dinner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St.
Tickets: $10 adults, kids 12 and under $4 – call Cindy Weaver 301-432-5463
7:00 – Alley walk with the 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums – meet at the music tent
7:30 – Jimmy Brown & Friends Concert “American Hymns/Appalachian Hoedown” St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St.


SHAF’s Fall Work Day Saturday November 10, 2007.

We will be engaged in scene restoration projects in the park. We may be planting more trees in the Piper orchard, clearing brush/trees or building fences. We’ll meet at 9:00 AM in the Visitor’s Center parking lot (if you arrive later, NPS representatives wil direct you to our work site). Dress appropriately for the weather – boots and gloves are a good idea – and bring some water. If you have a student who is satisfying volunteer hours, we will provide certification. Cancellation for rain based on local conditions. Call 301-432-2996 for details. Please send us a note to allow us to give the NPS an idea of how many workers we will have so they can plan the work accordingly.

Welcome to our new home

Welcome to the new web home of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation. Here you’ll find information on the foundation, our mission and accomplishments, projects in the works, articles, and news items concerning sites associated with the 1862 Maryland Campaign. You can also navigate to pages where you can join our organization, make a donation, or purchase SHAF merchandise.

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Fight the Power

(crossposted from behind AotW)

Danger looms as large scale electric power transmission may soon impinge on the the Antietam battlefield, South Mountain, and many other historic and culturally significant sites.

According to the Washington Post

Its specific route has not been determined, but it would likely cut through environmentally sensitive and historically significant terrain, which includes the Potomac and Kanawha rivers, the scenic Allegheny Highlands and the Civil War battlefields at Antietam and South Mountain…

… Along the route would be hundreds of 125-foot towers with cables running in between on a corridor estimated at about 200 feet wide, said Allen Staggers, a spokesman for Allegheny Energy.

power tower
(photo from National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Keep your eyes on this one. It looks to be on a fast track for implementation with minimum oversight. It is brought to you by to the US Department of Energy’s National Interest Electric Transmission (NIET) program and provisions in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (pdf).

The National Trust for Historic Preservation includes this proposed mid-Atlantic transmission corridor on it’s annual list of most endangered historic places, and hosts a lovely US Park Service map (pdf) of the interrelations between the NIET zones and heritage areas in the Eastern US.

See also an energy industry brief (pdf) on transmission corridors and US federal policy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) implementation of the Energy Policy Act, and new legislation to rein in the NEIT program.