Upcoming Book Signings at Hagerstown CVB’s Visitor Welcome Center

It is a Civil War Trifecta of well-known authors!

BOOK SIGNING – Saturday December 15, 1pm-3pm
“Rare Images of Antietam”
By Stephen Recker
This new book is priced at $29.95

Stephen Recker is a collector of rare Antietam photographs and relics. Items from his collection can be seen on battlefield waysides and in the newly renovated museum at Antietam National Battlefield, as well as in new book, Rare Images of Antietam, and the Photographers Who Took Them. Recker is a member of Antietam Battlefield Guides, a service he founded in partnership with WMIA, the non-profit at Antietam National Battlefield. He produced Virtual Gettysburg, a critically acclaimed interactive Civil War battlefield tour; Antietam Artifacts, a CD-ROM with images of rare postcards from the Maryland Campaign of 1862; and http://www.virtualantietam.com. He began his professional career as a lead guitarist, recording and touring with Al Stewart, the Spencer Davis Group, Mary Wells, and Tommy Chong, and as technician for Ringo Starr, Kiss, Diana Ross, and Madonna. In multimedia, he produced for Apple Computer, Adobe, and the Smithsonian, and was named a “Top 100 Producer” by AV Multimedia Producer Magazine. He is currently the Web and Multimedia Coordinator at Hagerstown Community College and is a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music.  About the book: Soon after Alexander Gardner’s photographic wagons left the blood-strewn Antietam Battlefield, local photographers began taking images on the field. While much has been written about Gardner’s ‘death studies,’ little is known about these other early images. Stephen Recker, has found over 600 of them, many unknown and unseen, and his book shows how the battlefield has changed over the years.

BOOK SIGNING - Tuesday, December 18 – 11:30am-1:30pm
“September Suspense” Special Edition
Free book “Antietam Revealed” with purchase

By Dennis Frye

This book is priced at $30 (but free book with purchase) This book is the special edition collector’s edition - it’s numbered and limited to only 1,000 copies. It’s more valuable than the regular edition, and it’s available only with Dennis Frye’s personal appearance. It never will be sold on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or at any bookstore anywhere. It truly is a collector’s edition.

Dennis E. Frye is the Chief Historian of the Harpers Ferry Historical Park and is a founder and past president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites. He is also a founder and first president of the Save Historical Antietam Foundation. Dennis grew up astride South Mountain and began his National Park Service career as a teenage volunteer at the Antietam National Battlefield. Dennis has written and lectured extensively on The Maryland Campaign for several decades. He is a preeminent Civil War historian, having made numerous appearances on PBS, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and A&E. Frye served as an Associate Producer for the movie Gods and Generals. He is a member of the board of directors of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area.

BOOK SIGNING - Thursday, December 20 – 11:00-1:00pm
“The Maryland Campaign”- Vol. II: Antietam
Edited and Annotated by Tom Clemens
This book is priced at $37.50

Dr. Thomas Clemens is a leading authority on the Maryland Campaign. He is known as a brilliant and meticulously editor, and author. His works are called, must-have books for anyone wishing to gain a thorough understanding of what was arguably the Civil War s most significant campaign and one of its most important battles. Thomas G. Clemens earned his doctoral degree at George Mason University, where he studied under Maryland Campaign historian Dr. Joseph L. Harsh. Tom has published a wide variety of magazine articles and book reviews, has appeared in several documentary programs, and is a licensed tour guide at Antietam National Battlefield. A retired history professor at Hagerstown Community College, he also helped found and is the current president of Save Historic Antietam Foundation, Inc., a preservation group dedicated to saving historic properties.

For more information:
Visitor Welcome Center
6 N. Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD
301-791-3246, ext. 10