SHAF has been preserving and protecting historic sites related to the Battle of Antietam, the Maryland Campaign, and other Civil War activity in the region since 1986. We need your help to keep it going.
On November 5, Antietam National Battlefield and the Friends of Tolson’s Chapel will debut a film about the life of Christina Watson. The National Park Service’s full event description is below:
“Learn about the connections between Antietam National Battlefield and Tolsons Chapel and School to commemorate the anniversary of emancipation in Maryland. In 1866, African Americans in Sharpsburg built Tolson’s Chapel, which would later serve as a Freedman’s Bureau School. Some of the parishioners and students lived on the battlefield including Hilary Watson, who was enslaved on the Otto Farm in 1862. His wife, Christina Watson, who went by Teeny, was enslaved and worked in a tavern in the town of Sharpsburg and also experienced the terror of the Battle of Antietam. The Friends of Tolson’s Chapel have produced a living history film to provide insights into Teeny’s life and role in the chapel. This film will be premiered in the park theatre at 1:00 pm. The showing will be followed by a panel discussion featuring those who researched, wrote, acted in, filmed, and produced the video including ZSunee Miller Matama, Dr. Emilie Amt, Edie Wallace, and Jerris Smith.”
SHAF stepped in to save Tolson’s Chapel from demolition years ago.
The program will begin at 1 pm at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center.
Join Civil War author and adventurer John Banks at 2pm on April 16th at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine for “Faces of Antietam” as he provides snapshots of some of the men and women who witnessed the bloodiest day in American history and its aftermath. He also will spotlight a local historian as well as a man whose ancestor was rocked by the events of Sept. 17, 1862. Banks, a board member of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, is author of three Civil War books—including A Civil War Road Trip Of A Lifetime, coming late spring.
The SHAF Annual Membership Meeting is this Saturday April 1st, (no fooling!) starting at 10:00 am at the Mumma Barn on Antietam National Battlefield. Parking on the grass around the barn is available. After the meeting we will conduct a tour of the War Wounds house for those interested, although we may need to divide into small groups to do so.
The next SHAF Work Day, scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2023, is still on. Meet at the grass overflow parking lot at the Antietam Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. Bring water, gloves, hand tools (no chain saws), and dress for the weather. We will work until about 1:00 p.m. and will be clearing cedar and juniper trees out of the East Woods.
Due to a schedule conflict the SHAF Annual Membership Meeting will be on Saturday April 1 (no fooling!) starting at 10:00 am at the Mumma Barn on Antietam National Battlefield. Parking on the grass around the barn is available. After the meeting we will conduct a tour of the War Wounds house for those interested, although we may need to divide into small groups to do so.
And don’t forget our Spring Work Day at Antietam on March 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Visitor Center Overflow Parking lot.