Thursday, December 1, at 7:00 pm
Ed Maliskas will present selections from his book John Brown to James Brown --The Little Farm Where Liberty Budded, Blossomed, and Boogied.
The Kennedy Farmhouse on Chestnut Grove Road in Washington County is best known as the headquarters of John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at nearby Harpers Ferry in 1859. A lesser known use of the house will also be discussed at the SHS meeting. A century after John Brown’s raid, the little farm was used by the Black Elks as a National Shrine during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. And from 1950 to 1965, the Elks rented their auditorium for dances that featured entertainers such as Aretha Franklin, James Brown, the Coasters, Otis Redding, and many other black artists who performed on the Chitlin’ Circuit.
Please bring any recordings of these entertainers (vinyl, cd, tape) that SHS will play following the presentation. The meeting is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served. Info.: 301.992.9767
2016 SHS Scholarship
The Sharpsburg Historical Society is pleased to announce it will offer the
Sharpsburg Historical Society Scholarship of $500.00 in honor of local
historian, John W. Schildt. Applications will be available to Boonsboro
High School graduating seniors planning to pursue careers in history,
historic preservation, museum studies, or natural resource studies.
For further information, call 301-432-8410.
Thursday, September 8 Library, John Schildt presentation evening Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area grant workshop, Thurmont Library day
Thursday, September 22 General meeting, Washington County Rocks, Sandy Izer slide show
Monday, October 10 General meeting. Todd Stotler presents program about C&O Canal, introducing new items on loan from WCHS. Board election.
Thursday, October 20 at 7 PM. The Sharpsburg Library is presenting a program about Sharpsburg's most famous physician, Dr. A.A. Biggs.
On display will be Biggs' "Baby Book" and other documents and photographs, a copy of his Last Will and Testament, documentation of his house for the National Register of Historic Places, and information about his role as a community leader.
The Sharpsburg Historical Society has awarded the Jan Wetterer Memorial Scholarship to Cole Shank.
Cole is a member of the 2015 graduating class of Boonsboro High School. Cole, who was graduated
with honors on June 5, is the 18-year-old son of Kevin and Victoria Shank. He will begin his post-secondary education at Hagerstown Community College enrolled as a history major. Cole has a special interest in World War II.
The Sharpsburg Historical Society established the $500 scholarship in memory of its member Jan
Wetterer who died in July 2014. Jan was an active member of the Sharpsburg society and other
historical and preservation groups in Washington County.
The Sharpsburg Historical Society, established in 2002, offered the scholarship as part of its mission to promote, recover, and preserve the history of the Sharpsburg area and to support education and research. Information at 301 992 9767.
Here are the SHS By-Laws:
Articles I and II
Sharpsburg turned 250 in July 2013!!
On July 7, 2013
the town of Sharpsburg and the Sharpsburg Historical Society marked the
July founding of the town with ceremony and events including a wreath laying
at the Chapline family burial plot in Mountain View Cemetery, an ice cream social
and a band concert by the Rohrersville Band, whose founder G.W. McCoy was
The Headquarters of the Sharpsburg Historical Society is now open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. It is located in the Sharpsburg Town Hall which is upstairs from the library on the town square.
There is a Facebook page for the
Sharpsburg District Historical Society.
Sharpsburg was already an old colonial frontier town when the Union and Confederate Armies converged here in 1862 to fight the bloodiest day's battle of the Civil War. Founded right after the French and Indian War, Sharpsburg served local farmers into the 20th Century with tradesmen and with access to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.