Agenda for General Membership meeting

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.

Harsh Award Scholarship to be handed out in 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

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.