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Civil War 150th Anniversary youth program designates Junior Civil War Historians
7/22/2012

Civil War 150th Anniversary youth program designates Junior Civil War Historians

(Frederick, MD, June 17, 2012) - Junior Civil War Historians like Camden and Claire Hawley are being made every day thanks to the Maryland Campaign 150th Anniversary Junior Civil War Historian Activity Book. Released in mid-June, the booklet features activities that children, along with their families, can complete at Civil War sites in Washington and Frederick Counties in Maryland. Those successfully completing the activities can claim a commemorative "Maryland Campaign 150th" pin, a Junior Civil War Historian certificate, and bragging rights for completing the activities.
Camden, 9, and Claire, 7, Hawley of Frederick, MD, accompanied by their parents, were among the first to claim their commemorative pins on July 16, 2012 at the Frederick Visitor Center. "To earn their pins, Camden had to complete at least six activities from the book, and Claire, because she was under 9 years old, had to complete four of the activities," explained Elizabeth Scott Shatto, Director for the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, the organization that printed the booklets. "The activities are designed so children and their families explore the places and stories of the 1862 Maryland Campaign," she added.
The Maryland Campaign, which has its 150th anniversary this year, explores the impact of Gen. Robert E. Lee's first advance of the Confederate army into the north, beginning with crossing the Potomac River into Maryland, the Battles of South Mountain and Antietam, and concluding with Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. The Junior Civil War Historian Activity Booklet features thirteen individual locations, including national, state, and local parks, battlefields, local historical societies, museums, and more, and helps people understand what it was like for those on the home front in 1862 when troops moved through Carroll, Frederick, and Washington counties.
The program isn't only creating junior historians, but may be building future ones as well. "I want to teach the world about history," said Camden as she received her pin. Her favorite activity in the booklet was imagining she was one of the children living at Rose Hill Manor and that she witnessed the Civil War encampment on the property in 1862. "I liked using my imagination to write a letter about what it would have been like," she said. The activity book also helps participants discover new sites. "We hadn't been to South Mountain before," said their mother, Anne Hawley, but the activity guide recently brought them there for the first time.
"We're delighted people like the Hawley family are using the Junior Civil War Historian Activity Book as a way to explore Maryland's Heart of the Civil War this summer," says Shatto.
Those that want to complete the activity book should download a copy of the Maryland Campaign 150th Anniversary Junior Civil War Historian Activity Book online or pick one up at the Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East Street, Frederick, Maryland or at the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitor Center, 6 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, Maryland, or at participating sites. The activity book will be available through 2012 or while supplies last.
For more information, visit http://www.heartofthecivilwar.org/calendar/campaign/md or call (800) 999-3613.
Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area - Comprised of portions of Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties in Maryland, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (HCWHA) is a certified heritage area in the Maryland Heritage Areas program and is a partner in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. It is managed under the auspices of the Tourism Council of Frederick County and guided by a three-county advisory board. The HCWHA promotes the stewardship of our historic, cultural, and natural Civil War resources, encourages superior visitor experiences, and stimulates tourism, economic prosperity, and educational development, thereby improving the quality of life of our community for the benefit of both residents and visitors. For more information, visit www.heartofthecivilwar.org or call (800) 999-3613.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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