We are excited to begin our ninth year hosting the Civil War Lecture Series. As much as we love hosting the talks outside, we recognize that the sweltering heat and occasional inclement weather affects peoples ability to attend, so we are making some BIG changes! This year we will be working with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and holding the lectures in McKinley Hall. This gives us plenty of seating, an A/V system, restrooms and….air conditioning! However, to be able to accommodate us for the entire summer, we will have to move the talks to MONDAY evenings at 7:00pm.

This year we have an amazing lineup of historians and scholars discussing their latest works and research about the Maryland Campaign and the Civil War.

June 3 – Jim Rosebrock – The Empire State at Antietam.
June 10 – Dr. Gordon Dammann – Changes in Medicine from The Civil War to World War I
June 17 – Kevin Pawlak / Dan Welch – “Never Such a Campaign”: The Battle of Second Manassas, Aug. 28-30, 1862
June 24 – George Franks – The Army of The Potomac After Gettysburg
July 1 – Dr. Brad Gottfried – At the Forefront of the Armies: The Role of the Cavalry During the Maryland Campaign
July 8 – Sharon Murray – Dixon S. Miles Reconsidered
July 15 – D. Scott Hartwig – One Man’s Experiences: Major Rufus Dawes and the Battle of Antietam
July 22 – Dr. Alex Rossino – Longstreet’s March to Hagerstown and Back, Sept. 11-14, 1862
July 29 – Dana Shoaf – The Evolution of Civil War Ambulances
August 5 – Dr. Tom Clemens – Washington County’s Forgotten Military Hero
August 12 – Dr. Jim Broomall – “‘The hills were black with spectators’: Civilians on the Antietam Battlefield
August 19 – Steve Stotelmyer – The Legend of Barbara Fritchie
August 26 – John Schildt/ Laura Marfut – “Roads to Antietam”

Each week we hold a nightly drawing for an autographed book or a Civil War print. Since we started, we’ve raised over $3300 for the Save Historic Antietam Foundation through our summer fundraiser.  The church is located just down the street from the Inn at 209 West Main Street with a small parking area off the alley. More parking is available on Main and Hall Streets.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.