News from NPS Antietam website [March 22, 2008]:
In fall of 2007, the managers of South Mountain State Battlefield, the Heart of the Civil War State Heritage Area and Antietam National Battlefield met to discuss how to improve and expand this informal partnership. In attempts to increase interpretation and visitor services at South Mountain it was decided that two Seasonal National Park Service Rangers would be stationed at the State Battlefield, and supervised by the Battlefield Manager Al Preston. Funding for this effort came from the Heart of the Civil War State Heritage Area and Antietam National Battlefield.
The two Seasonal Rangers will begin work in late March and allow the opportunity to open South Mountain Museums earlier than in past years. In addition State Battlefield Rangers will be providing Interpretive Programs at Antietam during the summer.
The Heart of the Civil War State Heritage Area, made up of Washington, Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland, has provided the framework for a variety of groups to work together. This is the first step in improving and coordinating Interpretation and Visitor Services between Antietam, South Mountain and the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in anticipation of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.
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