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, www.shaf.org

Applications should be submitted by mail to SHAF, P.O. Box 550, Sharpsburg, MD 21782 or emailed through our website, www.shaf.org, 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.

SHAF Fall 2017 Workday

Our next SHAF work day will be Saturday, October 28, 2017. We will meet at 9 AM at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Work gloves, work boots. Bring a water bottle. Let us know here if you plan on attending, and check back often for any notices of time changes or cancellation.

SHAF Annual Membership Meeting, May 6, 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.

2017 SHAF Annual Membership Meeting

It is time once again for our annual membership meeting. Here we will update you on what we are doing, where we are going, and how we plan to move ahead in 2017. We will gather in the Mumma Farm barn atAntietam Battlefield at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Our business meeting will include financial reports, updates on projects and elections for the board. We will have SHAF logo shirts and hats for sale, and other items as well. Attendees can either purchase a box lunch, or find their own provisions, and then at 1:30 Dennis Frye and Tom Clemens will lead a walking tour of the recently purchased and restored sites on the northern end of the battlefield. More details will be available on the website and Facebook page, or call the SHAF phone line, 301-432-2996.

Recent changes on the Antietam Battlefield

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