Accepting Applications for Edwin Bearss Award

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December 27, 2018
CHAMBERSBURG, PA – Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is now accepting applications for the 2019 Edwin C. Bearss Award. This award is given annually to support the study of the American Civil War era by reimbursing the awardee with up to $1,000 for scholarly research.  

Named in honor of Edwin “Ed” C. Bearss, the Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, the award will be given to a deserving author working on a non-fiction book about the Civil War. The publication should be focused on Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia or the Shenandoah Valley. Once chosen, the awardee will receive up to $1,000 to cover expenses related to researching their book.

“We are excited to support the study of the Civil War in honor of Ed Bearss for the fourth year in a row,” Ted Alexander, facilitator and co-founder of Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours, said. “Any writer or historian focused on authoring a book about this topic is welcome to apply for the funding; this is our opportunity to give back to the preservation of our military heritage.

This award is supported through contributions from Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours as well as its program attendees throughout the year. Funds are raised through donations, raffles and auction proceeds.

The most recent recipient, Stephen Recker, won the award for his project: “O.T. Reilly’s Sharpsburg.” As a result, Recker digitized 50 years of newspaper articles about the veterans’ period at Antietam. Other past recipients have included Thomas J. Ryan and Dennis Frye.
Applications are being accepted now through March 1, 2019. Submissions will be reviewed by the Edwin C. Bearss Award Committee. The awardee will be announced at the National Ed Bearss Sympoisum on American Military History and Combat scheduled for May 1-5, 2019 in Chambersburg, Pa.
Interested individuals should contact Lark Kennedy at or call 717-264-7101 ext. 206 for more information or to receive an application. The awardee will be notified by April 15, 2019.

Chambersburg Civil War Seminars & Tours is a division of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. Tours planned for 2019 will be held in Chambersburg, Pa. and Hagerstown, Md. during May, July and October led by expert historians including Ted Alexander, Steve Bockmiller, David Moore, Carol Reardon, Steve French, Tom Clemens, Dennis Frye, and others. Please visit for more details or call Lark Kennedy at 717-264-7101 ext. 206.


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