Alexander to talk Sharpsburg at Greencastle museum meeting

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In 1851, Samuel Mumma donated a portion of his land on which the Dunkard Church was built.

Ted Alexander, Greencastle, will be the guest speaker at Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the museum barn, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. Alexander’s topic will be “Sharpsburg and Its Environs – The Town of Sharpsburg and the Farmsteads of Antietam Battlefield.”

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Sharpsburg, Maryland, was a peaceful country community located near Antietam Creek. The town and neighboring farms such as Miller, Mumma, Roulette and others became landmarks and practically household names after the Sept. 17, 1862 battle. This program will examine the landscapes, livestock, wildlife, religious heritage and culture of the area.

Alexander is the historian at Antietam National Battlefield, where he has served for 35 years. He is also the historian for Allison-Antrim Museum. Alexander is the author, editor and contributor to 11 books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history, as well as author of more than 200 articles and book reviews for publications such as Civil War Times, Maryland History Magazine and The Washington Times. He has appeared as a commentator on the Emmy Award documentary "Heart of the Civil War" produced by Maryland Public Television. Alexander’s latest book is The Battle of Antietam: The Bloodiest Day.

There is no admission fee for the speaker’s meeting, but donations are greatly appreciated, and will be credited toward Allison-Antrim Museum’s annual speakers’ series.

A brief business meeting, of the AAMI membership, including election of directors, will precede the presentation.

For more information, visit: www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9010.

Allison-Antrim Museum, Inc. is open regularly Monday to Friday, from noon to 4 p.m.