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.


SHAF presented with award by the American Battlefield Trust

Tom Clemens (left) and Dennis Frye (right) receive the Pohanka Award at the American Battlefield Trust’s Annual Conference

“The Trust presented its Brian C. Pohanka Preservation Organization Award to the Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF), a nonprofit group established in 1996 to preserve more of the Antietam battlefield’s landscape in a fast-growing part of the Washington metropolitan area. SHAF has conserved more than 3,000 battlefield acres in the Sharpsburg, Md., area, restored historic sites, and helped reforest the Antietam battlefield’s wartime North Woods, East Woods and West Woods. Dr. Tom Clemens, SHAF’s president, and SHAF co-founder Dennis Frye, former historian at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park [left and right in photo], accepted the award on the group’s behalf.”

To see the full press release from the American Battlefield Trust, click here.

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

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

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.

2018 Annual Meeting

SHAF Annual Membership Meeting

All members and guests invited! Saturday April 28, 10:00 a.m. at the Mumma Farm barn, Antietam Battlefield. We will sum up the previous year, report on activities and finances, and discuss priorities, accept nominations for new Board members and discuss future plans. In addition, we may a have a presentation or two from board members.

We will also have SHAF hats, shirts and tote bags for sale, as well as books, prints and other items, all to benefit SHAF. There is a possibility Dennis Frye’s new book will be out by then, and if so he will have them there.

We will again have sandwich lunches delivered for those who like, and after lunch we will have a short walking tour of McLaws’ counterattack, featuring the 10 acre tract of land purchased last year.

 Lunch options
Lunches include: sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie and soda. The options for sandwiches/ Wraps are: Chicken Salad,Tuna salad, Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, Veggie, Egg Salad, Ham Salad.

Bread Choices are: Wheat, Rye, Sourdough, White, Pumpernickel, Kaiser & tortilla wraps.

$10. each, order from me (  or Paula ( by April 25.

Hope to see you there.