Cemetery Preservation Workshop at Tolson’s Chapel

Sat, 09/17.
10:00am — 12:00

Location: Location Tolson's Chapel 111 East High St Sharpsburg, MD 21782

Hosted by Preservation Maryland + The Campaign for Historic Trades

Cost: Free
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Join Preservation Maryland and The Campaign for Historic Trades in partnership with Tolson’s Chapel and historian Dr. Emilie Amt for a workshop to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn about the history of Tolson’s Chapel, discuss and learn about the history of African Americans who witnessed and took part in the Battle of Antietam in 1862, and be introduced to basic cemetery preservation techniques with hands-on learning in the Tolson’s Chapel cemetery. This event is part of Preservation Maryland’s ongoing cemetery preservation workshop series, made possible by a grant from the Rural Maryland Council.


10:00 am– 10:45 pm Session 1: Tolson’s Chapel History and Black Antietam Talk with Bridgett Jones Smith & Dr. Emilie Amt


10:45 am – 11:05 pm BOOK SIGNING


11:05 pm – 12:00 pm Session 2: Introduction to Cemetery Preservation & Guided Practice


To learn more about Tolson’s Chapel, please visit https://tolsonschapel.org/


To learn more about Dr. Emilie Amt and her recently published book, Black Antietam: African Americans and the Civil War in Sharpsburg, visit https://emilieamt.com/book/black-antietam-african-american-civil-war/


Participants are welcome to park in the free municipal lot at 104 S Mechanic St, Sharpsburg, MD 21782, which is a 4-minute walk away from Tolson’s Chapel. Preservation Maryland Staff will be waiting at the municipal lot to direct participants to the event. Please note that the cemetery preservation portion of the workshop will require participants to stand or crouch while completing the preservation work in outside weather. Please come prepared with close-toed shoes, comfortable clothing, and water!


In case of inclement weather, this workshop will have to be rescheduled. This workshop will be rescheduled if there is a 60%+ chance of heavy rain or thunderstorms, and/or wind gusts over 20mph forecasted 24 hours before the time of the workshop. If these conditions are met, registered participants will receive an email about rescheduling 24 hours in advance of the workshop.


Health and Safety

Though no materials used in the cemetery preservation portion of the workshop are toxic or harmful to participants, we do suggest wearing protective eye gear and a mask.


For participants with mobility concerns, we suggest bringing a folding chair or gardening bench to sit on while cleaning grave markers.


Due to ongoing risks associated with Covid-19, we ask that if participants feel unwell, they do not attend the workshop and invite them to join us at a future workshop.


This program was made possible by a grant from the Rural Maryland Council. Additional support was provided by last fall’s Save a Grave fundraising campaign and Atlas Preservation. This workshop is hosted by The Campaign for Historic Trades, powered by Preservation Maryland.

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