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Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Benefit Dinner & Auction!

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    We are pleased to announce that on June 11th we will be co-sponsoring an important benefit dinner and auction celebrating the publication of The Maryland
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2010
      We are pleased to announce that on June 11th we will be co-sponsoring an important benefit dinner and auction celebrating the publication of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, written by Ezra Carmen and edited by Dr. Thomas G. Clemens

      Below is the Press Release which was sent to the local & Civil War press announcing this event.

      You may make reservations for the dinner and reserve copies of the book using PayPal via SBPA's website at: http://www.battleofshepherdstown.org/Dinner2010.html

      If you would like to pay by check, please call Carol at 304-876-7029 to make arrangements.

      We look forward to sharing with you a successful evening to honor our esteemed Board Member, Dr. Tom Clemens.

      -SBPA Board of Directors

      For Immediate Release – May 10, 2010
      Shepherdstown, West Virginia

      For more information, contact:

      Edward E. Dunleavy, President,
      Shepherdstown Battlefield
      Preservation Association Inc.
      (917) 747 - 5748

      Michael Austin, President
      Shepherdstown Men's Club Inc.
      (304) 876 - 0598

      John Griffith, President
      Historic Shepherdstown Commission, Inc.
      (304) 876 - 0741


      In a collaborative effort, the Presidents of the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA), the Shepherdstown Men's Club Inc. (SMC), and the Historic Shepherdstown Commission Inc. (HSC) announce a book signing dinner and Civil War Memorabilia and Art Auction to be held at the SMC's War Memorial Building on Friday, June 11, 2010.

      The dinner will celebrate the publication of The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume 1, edited by Dr. Thomas Clemens. The Maryland Campaign entailed 3 battles: South Mountain, Antietam and Shepherdstown; and the siege and surrender of Harper's Ferry. The book is from a manuscript by Civil War Colonel Ezra Carmen who participated in the Maryland Campaign and almost immediately began an effort to complete a narrative of the Campaign. In 1894, he was appointed by Congress as "historical expert" of the Antietam Board with the mission of gathering information from the survivors of the Campaign. Eventually, his 1800 page manuscript was filed in the Library of Congress while much of his correspondence was scattered among several research libraries. Dr. Clemens, a history professor at Hagerstown Community College, is a noted expert on the Maryland Campaign and is also President of the Save Historic Antietam Foundation Inc. and a Board member of SBPA. Dr. Clemens has edited and annotated the manuscript. In his research, Dr. Clemens discovered boxes of correspondence between Carmen and participants in the Campaign that were heretofore unknown to the historic community. Following the dinner, Dr. Clemens will discuss his research and the Maryland Campaign.

      After Dr. Clemens's discussion, an auction of Civil War Memorabilia and Art will be held. Copies of 1862 newspapers highlighting the Maryland Campaign and the Battle of Shepherdstown will be sold. The art auction will feature a 44x 24 inch oil painting depicting a scene from the Battle of Shepherdstown. The scene shows "Berdan's" Sharpshooters covering the retreat of the 118th PA Volunteers as they crossed the Potomac River on the Cement Mill dam. The work is by Tim Kurtz, a Michigan-based artist who graciously donated the work to SBPA to help raise funds in the effort to save the site of the Battle of Shepherdstown. The painting can be viewed on SBPA's website at: http://www.battleofshepherdstown.org/Dinner2010.html

      The War Memorial Building is located at 102 East German St. in Shepherdstown, WV. The book signing and cocktail hour will begin at 6:30PM and dinner will be served at 7:30PM. The dinner menu will include filet de boeuf or vegetarian lasagna. Two bottles of wine, one red wine and one white wine will be provided for each table of 8. Other refreshments will be available. Tickets are $35 per person. Books are $34. Reservations for this limited seating event may be made through SBPA's website: www.battleofshepherdstown.org or by calling 304-876-7029 to make arrangements to pay by check.


      The Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association Inc. (SBPA), organized in 2004, is a non-profit, Section 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving and preserving the site of the 1862 Battle of Shepherdstown. SBPA has preserved 84 acres by way of conservation easements granted by members who own property on the site. For more information and to purchase the book entitled: Shepherdstown: Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign September 19 – 20, 1862; please visit: www.battleofshepherdstown.org

      Founded in 1945, the Shepherdstown Men's Club is also a non-profit organization of men and women that is dedicated to community service. The historic War Memorial Building, on the corner of German and King Streets in Shepherdstown, was purchased by SMC in 1947, and named in honor of our local veterans. The SMC also owns Morgan's Grove Park, a 20 acre public recreational facility operated under lease by the Jefferson County Department of Parks and Recreation. Please visit: www.smc25443.org

      The Historic Shepherdstown Commission is an active, non-profit, membership organization dedicated to preserving Shepherdstown's architectural character, and building public understanding of Shepherdstown's distinctive history. Incorporated in 1961, HSC has undertaken many important major projects that benefit our community. The Historic Shepherdstown Museum was founded in 1983, and in 1986 the expansion and updating of the National Register for Historic Places listing for the Shepherdstown Historic District was completed. Please visit: www.historicshepherdstown.com
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