Battlefield Preservation

We had another excellent year raising funds for battlefield preservation – thank you for your donations and participation in our silent auctions and raffles. So far, we have raised more than $3,000 in 2018!

To all those who participated; your generosity and willingness to support battlefield preservation is greatly appreciated. The money raised will be given to various battlefields for preservation.


Chamber’s Civil War Seminars & Tours has raised nearly $210,000 for preservation since our founding. This year we have made donations to Camp Curtin Historical Society, Mosby Heritage Area Association, Allison-Antrim Museum, American Battlefield Trust, Kernstown Battlefield Association and others.

We also provide educational scholarships including a student scholarship to attend our tours and the Ed Bearss Award. The Ed Bearss Award provides up to $1,000 to a deserving person writing a book on the Civil War. Click here for more details.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce offers the seminars along with co-founder Ted Alexander. The money for preservation is raised through the auction and raffling of Civil War books and other memorabilia at each of our seminars, with a large silent auction hosted during the July seminar. The seminars have attracted thousands of tourists from throughout the United States, Canada and other nations since 1989. In 2018 alone, the seminars attracted nearly 200 history enthusiasts to the region from more than half of the U.S., from as far away as California and the United Kingdom.

We make donations throughout the year to deserving organizations who support the preservation of historic sites. They have included, but are not limited to: Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Civil War Trust, Rural Plains Foundation, National Museum of Civil War Medicine,  The Mariners’ Museum, Lee Hall Mansion, Civil War Trails, American Civil War Museum, MacArthur Memorial, National Civil War Museum, Harpers Ferry National Park and many more.


Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours hosts Civil War tours led by nationally recognized historians since 1989.