We had another excellent year raising funds for battlefield preservation – thank you for your donations and participation in our silent auctions and raffles. In 2016, we raised more than $5,000!
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 $190,000 for preservation since our founding. This year we have made donations to Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield, Save Historic Antietam Foundation, the National Civil War Museum, Civil War Trust, Battle of Falling Waters 1863 Foundation, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, the MacArthur Memorial, the Gettysburg Foundation, Kernstown Battlefield Association, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute, and other organizations.
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 2016 alone, the seminars attracted more than 200 history enthusiasts to the region from more than half of the U.S., from as far away as California and Canada.
“History enthusiasts come back year after year to our seminars, which feature some of the top Civil War experts in the nation,” said David G. Sciamanna, vice president of the Chambersburg Chamber. “Our presenters are able to make history come alive as they tell the story of our rich heritage from both the Northern and the Southern perspectives,” Sciamanna said. In addition to supporting the seminars through their tuition fees, participants donate generously during the fund-raising efforts, according to Sciamanna and Alexander. Sponsoring the tours in 2016 is the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.