On July 11, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority approved $5 million in funding for heritage tourism projects across Maryland’s 13 certified heritage areas. In the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area, 18 local heritage tourism projects in Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties received grant awards totaling $796,063.

The 18 projects in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area receiving funding are the following: Antietam National Battlefield for new Visitor Center exhibits, $50,000; Asbury United Methodist Church for Asbury brick restoration, $9,473; Carroll County Arts Council for theater renovation, $60,000; Catoctin Furnace Historical Society for the Collier Log House rehabilitation project, $17,600 and “Forged in Bone: Facial Reconstructions of Catoctin Furnace’s Enslaved Workers,” $38,540; Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park for Education & Interpretive Plan in Williamsport, $50,000 and for Williamsport C&O Canal Visitor Center engineering and design, $100,000; Civil War Preservation for Joseph Gaber Farm, $10,000; and Town of Emmitsburg for Emmitsburg historical wayside exhibits, $12,062.

Also, Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park for Catoctin Furnace Iron Master’s House ruins stabilization Phase IV, $15,000; City of Hagerstown for Hagerstown Cultural Trail Phase II: Extension and Wayfinding, $100,000; Historic Rocky Springs Chapel for stabilization of Rocky Springs School House (built 1839), $13,455; Historical Society of Frederick County for Faces of Frederick County, $10,236; Main Street Middletown for rehabilitation of 19-21 W. Main St., $15,525; Town of Thurmont for two gateway signs for two of the entrances into the Town of Thurmont, $12,259; Town of New Market for Visitor Experience Plan, Town of New Market, $6,895; Washington County Historical Society for Miller House Museum Military Exhibit Enhancement, $25,018; and Weinberg Center for the Arts for the Weinberg Center for the Arts Marquee, $100,000.

In addition to the project grants listed above, the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area was awarded grants of $100,000 for management of the heritage area, $25,000 for marketing the heritage area, and $25,000 to be distributed as mini-grants to stakeholders in the region.

For each of these MHAA grants, state support is matched dollar for dollar with other funding. The total investment leveraged by these MHAA grants is more than $2.2 million in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area alone.

For more information, contact the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area at info@heartofthecivilwar.org or 301-600-4031.

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