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Second Annual Fundraiser for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum

Second Annual Fundraiser for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum
From The Friends Of The Doleman Black Heritage Museum

It is that time of the year again and we are planning the 2nd. Annual Fundraiser for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum's "An Evening of Jazz and Unveiling" is slated for Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 6pm-8pm doors open at 5:30pm at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown, 32 W. Washington Street. Our guest performer for the evening will be renowned jazz saxophonist Mr. Brian Lenair. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsor Mr. Lenair's performance.
The excitement and participation from local business in support of this effort seems to continue to grow with R. Bruce Carson's Jewelers lending its craftsmanship and expertise in the creation of a piece of jewelry for sale through its two stores, and Hub Labels creating a bumper sticker for sale and name tags for the event.
Our History and Progress:
The Doleman collection expands a period from pre-civil war 19th century to early mid and late 20th century. The Doleman collection is comprised of thousands of artifacts ranging from autographs, birth records, over 450 books, deeds of slave sales, dolls, figurines, furniture, magazines, obituaries, paintings, photographs, poetry pros, slave quads and sculptures. The DBHM collection is in the process of an extensive preservation assessment that is not slated to conclude until December of 2009.
We are supported by our Congressional leaders, United States Senators Barbara Mikulski, Senator Benjamin Cardin and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett who have submitted a request for grant funding in the 2010 budget in the amount of $150,000 through the U.S. Department of Education. Legislative leaders Delegates John Donoghue and Senator Donald F. Munson submitted a $25,000 bond bill for the DBHM that was granted in March of 2009, and was supported by Delegate Joanne C. Benson of the 24th Legislative District of Prince George's County. The City of Hagerstown Mayor and Council and the Maryland Black Mayors Association also support us. We are pleased to be partnering with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the University Systems of Maryland - Hagerstown. The project has also received support from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (a Maryland Certified Heritage Area: www.heartofthecivilwar.org).
"Never before has a project of this nature in Hagerstown garnered such support from all levels of government. The DBHM has support from our Congressional, Legislative and Municipal Leaders, a rarity for such a collection. This project is certainly a testament to the growing nationwide belief in the preservation of our country's past". ~Former Hagerstown Councilwoman Alesia Parson-McBean
Please Join Our Supporters:
We have launched a grassroots effort to raise support for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum. We need your sponsorship as a business leader and potential supporter. Below are the details and levels at which you can participate in our effort:
Sunday, October 25, 2009 from 6pm-8pm (Doors open at 5pm)
University Systems Maryland-Hagerstown, 32 W Washington St, Hagerstown, MD 21740-4884
Sponsor - $500.00 table of 8 (2nd Floor)
Friends of the DBHM - $50.00 each (3rd Floor) General Admission: $25.00 each (4th-5th Floor limited)
We certainly hope you choose to become a part of this very important effort by donating or sponsoring our event. You may send donations to the DBHM, 540 N. Locust Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for more information please contact Ms. Teresa Harmon 301-791-4826 or Ms. Janice Kelsh 301-797-7675. We encourage all to visit the Doleman Black Heritage Museums web site at http://dolemanbhm.vpweb.com and thank you for your continued support.
For more information about Hagerstown-Washington, see: www.marylandmemories.org.

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