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Ted Alexander – Champion of Franklin County History

Below is an excerpt from the 2015 Franklin County Visitor’s Guide published by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Year after year, Ted Alexander spoke, wrote, and presented about the history of Franklin County. He worked for more than thirty years to educate the local community and the general public about Franklin County. Using everything in his power, he planted seeds of recognition and worked to make the public understand the importance of this place in American history.

Ted authored, edited, and contributed 10 books on the Civil War and other aspects of American history. He also authored more than 200 book reviews and articles for publications like “Civil War Times,” “Blue & Gray Magazine,” and “The Washington Times.” He is the co-founder of the Chambersburg Civil War Seminars with the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and contributed as the lead historian on the development of the Chambersburg Heritage Center.

Thank you, Ted Alexander, for you passionate drive, long hours of diligent work, and helping to educate so many about Franklin County’s history. Because of your years of contribution, Franklin County has an event  yearly commemorating the 1864 burning of Chambersburg.

Thank you.

Dear friends of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours:

We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! We are grateful for each of you; we could not exist without your support. Many of our friends have been with us since the beginning, and we have met many more great people along the way. We had several new faces attend our seminars in 2014, and look forward to hosting you again in 2015. Here’s a look back on 2014:

The group views Fisher's Hill during Ed Bearss talk.

This year we hosted four Civil War Seminars that attracted folks from all over the United States and Canada. Thank you for coming! Our seminars also had new developments with changing our seminar location to the Hampton Inn in Chambersburg, redesigning our website, launching a Facebook page and Twitter account as well as a monthly enewsletter. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the staff who helped make our seminars successful from the bus companies and caterers to our logistics team. Thank you.

Thanks to the support from each of you, we raised $6,400 for battlefield preservation in 2014. These funds were donated to organizations including Monterey Pass Battlefield, Seminary Ridge Museum, Adams County Land Conservancy, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania, Antietam National Military Park, Wood Lake Battlefield, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, National Civil War Museum, Monocacy National Battlefield, and the Ed Bearss Award. To date, we have raised more than $175,000 for preservation.

And a special thanks to our sponsor, Franklin County Visitors Bureau. Their 2014 sponsorship helped provide additional advertising opportunities for our seminar while encouraging tourism to our area. We look forward to working with them next year.

Remember to check out our upcoming seminars in 2015 here. See you in the new year!

-Your friends at Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours