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    Antietam

    National Battlefield Maryland

Event Schedule for September 18-23 2012

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Date: September 18, 2012

Join us this week as we continue to remember the Story and Legacy of Antietam National Battlefield. All programs will be held at the battlefield visitor center.

Tuesday, 18 September

Antietam: The Aftermath

7:00 P.M. Lecture by Park Historian, Ted Alexander

Wednesday, 19 September

Shepherdstown: The Last Clash of the Antietam Campaign

3:00 P.M. Lecture by Dr. Mark Snell on West Virginia at Antietam

7:00 P.M. Lecture by Thomas McGrath on The Battle of Shepherdstown

Thursday, 20 September

Remembering Antietam: Commemoration and Memorialization

7:00 P.M. Lecture by Park Ranger, Alann Schmidt

Friday, 21 September

This is War: Photography at Antietam

3:00 P.M. & 7:00 P.M. Author Bob Zeller will present the historic images of Antietam in 3D

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation September 22-23, 2012

September 22

10:30 a.m.   "Glory at Antietam Hike" with a park ranger

11:30 a.m.   "The Road to Freedom: African-Americans in the Civil War." Join living history volunteers portraying the 54th Massachusetts Infantry to learn about the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Location, on lawn behind the visitor center, approx. 30 minutes long. 

12:30 p.m.   Dedication of Tolson's Chapel, High Street, Sharpsburg, MD

1:00 p.m.   "The Road to Freedom: African-Americans in the Civil War." Join living history volunteers portraying the 54th Massachusetts Infantry to learn about the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Location, on lawn behind the visitor center, approx. 30 minutes long.

2:00 p.m.   Commemorative Event                     

Presentation of the Colors, 54th Massachusetts                      

 Welcome - Susan Trail, Superintendent                     

Remarks - Robert G. Stanton, Senior Advisory to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior                     

Keynote Address - "Emancipation: Its Meaning and Memory," David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University

4:00 p.m.   "Impact of the Union Victory at Antietam on President Lincoln's Subsequent Issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation," Bernie Siler, Esquire. Visitor Center theater. Historian Bernie Siler will discuss unique experiences of the thousands of African-Americans who served in the Union Army and Navy. 

Family/youth and Emancipation Proclamation tents, 8:30-5:00

September 23 

10:30 a.m.   "The Road to Freedom: African-Americans in the Civil War." Join living history volunteers portraying the 54th Massachusetts Infantry to learn about the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Location, on lawn behind the visitor center.

11:00 a.m.   Speaker Presentation: Fighting For Freedom (VC theater)                     Dr. Dean Herrin, NPS Liaison with the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies Description: National Park Service Historian Dean Herrin will discuss the recruitment of African Americans for the United States Army during the American Civil War.    

1:00 p.m.   "The Road to Freedom: African-Americans in the Civil War." Join living history volunteers portraying the 54th Massachusetts Infantry to learn about the role of African-Americans in the Civil War. Location, on lawn behind the visitor center; approx. 30 minutes long. 

2:00 p.m.   Speaker Presentation: President Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (VC theater)     John Schildt Description: Historian John Schildt will describe Lincoln's visit to Sharpsburg in the days following the Battle of Antietam and its influence upon him. He will then discuss Lincoln's writings and tie them to the writings of another man of great vision, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Family/youth and Emancipation Proclamation tents, 8:30-5:00

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