150th Anniversary Rally Day Event

rally-day-flierPlease join us for the 150th Anniversary Rally Day Event, scheduled Saturday, October 1, 2016

We are welcoming back Dr. Hari Jones as our keynote speaker, sharing his thoughts entitled: “Emancipate, Enfranchise, Educate: The Role of the Church in this Social Trinity”

Come share in traditional Rally Day fare, music, activities, tours, and even a USCT encampment!

“Civil War Selfies” Photo Op at Tolson’s Chapel

CW Selfies logo

Tolson’s Chapel is a participating museum site in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area’s “Civil War Selfies” program this summer:

“Follow the last Confederate invasion of the North with our 1864-themed journey through the heart of the Civil War! Take your picture at a participating event or site and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #civilwarselfies, and you could win a prize! Visit www.civilwarselfies.com for more information.”

Come visit our Freedmen’s Bureau school photo op commemorating the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation. The chapel will be open for tours on the following days through the summer:

Saturday, June 14, 1:00-4:00pm
Sunday, June 15, 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, July 12, 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, August 23, 1:00-4:00pm
Sunday, August 24, 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, September 13, 2:00-5:00pm
Sunday, September 14, 10:00am-noon

Cemetery Preservation Report posted!

Funded by the State of Maryland’s African American Heritage Preservation Fund, the Friends of Tolson’s Chapel contracted the Chicora Foundation to prepare a preservation plan for the cemetery, provide a stone-by-stone condition assessment, and a map of the cemetery including Ground Penetrating Radar to locate unmarked graves.  Check the Cemetery page to access a full copy of this very thorough report.

Watch for our Donor Party Open House announcement coming soon!

Save the date!

The Friends of Tolson’s Chapel and the Antietam National Battlefield are collaborating on a symposium to be held on Antietam National Battlefield April 28, 2012.  The event, entitled “The Dignity of Freedom: Pathways through the Civil War and Beyond”, will be part of the 2012 observance of the 150th anniversary year of the Battle of Antietam.  The series of speakers will begin with a view of African-American slavery and emancipation from a national perspective and the border state experience, highlight the significance of the Antietam battle and the Emancipation Proclamation, USCT participation in the Civil War.  Symposium attendees will finish out the day at Tolson’s Chapel with a presentation putting a human face to it all with the Civil War and Reconstruction-era experiences of the African-American congregation of Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, a certified heritage area of the Maryland Heritage Area Authority; with additional funds from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Western Maryland Interpretive Association.