Friends of Tolson's Chapel

Friends of Tolson's Chapel Tolson's Chapel was built in 1866 by the African American community in Sharpsburg, MD and served as a Freedmen's Bureau school 1868-1870.
Friends of Tolson's Chapel (FOTC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit association established in 2006. Donations are gratefully accepted: Friends of Tolson's Chapel P.O. Box 162 Sharpsburg, MD 21782

New blog post by Dr. Emilie Amt on the Tolson's Chapel Blog Spot!
05/16/2019
Slave Resistance at Antietam Iron Works - Tolsons Chapel

New blog post by Dr. Emilie Amt on the Tolson's Chapel Blog Spot!

by Emilie Amt Slave resistance has a long and honored history in our country. Leaders like Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey, who planned armed uprisings, are famous figures in black history. Resistance took other forms, too, from verbal confrontation to … Continue reading →

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
05/08/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

We had a wonderful time last Saturday with storytellers Fanny Crawford, Renee Emanuel, and Stas Ziolkowski!
05/08/2019

We had a wonderful time last Saturday with storytellers Fanny Crawford, Renee Emanuel, and Stas Ziolkowski!

EDIT - THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED.  Please direct questions to rlytle2017@gmail.com.  We will try to reschedule the app...
04/17/2019

EDIT - THIS TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED. Please direct questions to [email protected]. We will try to reschedule the appearance by Zsun-nee Miller-Matema for a later date.
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Tolson's Chapel will be open on Saturday, April 27, 2:00-4:00pm.

2:30pm - Stories by Zsun-nee Miller-Matema.

3:00pm - Bus tour arrives, chapel tour by Edie Wallace

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
04/17/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

Updated 2019 program schedule!
04/17/2019

Updated 2019 program schedule!

04/06/2019

Today we were thoroughly entranced by Shana Oshiro...

Congratulations to our good friend David Gibney on his 2019 PRESERVATION ARTISAN AWARD from Preservation Maryland!!!"Dav...
04/03/2019
Best of Maryland Awards

Congratulations to our good friend David Gibney on his 2019 PRESERVATION ARTISAN AWARD from Preservation Maryland!!!

"David Gibney has honed his skill for preservation artistry over a 40 year career. David transitioned from new construction to historic preservation in the 1970s when he was one of just a handful of people selected for a new Restoration Workshop program offered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since then, he has helped repair and restore countless historic places that continue to thrive as a result of his interventions. In Maryland, David has left his fingerprint on important and comprehensive restorations at the Homewood Museum and Doughoregan Manor in Baltimore City, the Maryland Theater and Long Meadows in Hagerstown, the iconic Thomas Point Lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, and the full restoration of Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg. David is also responsible for the chinking and daubing of the Maryland slave cabin that is now part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Over David’s impressive career, he has shared his passion and expertise with countless apprentices and employees, helping to continue and invigorate the vital role of the traditional trades within the preservation field." (https://www.preservationmaryland.org/programs/awards/?utm_source=General+Email+List&utm_campaign=d25f791603-EMAIL_BESTOF_ANNOUNCE_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d05c8ce9db-d25f791603-114499945)

Congratulations to all of this year's Best of Maryland preservation awardees. Thank you for letting us recognize your hard work, and thank you for all that you do for preservation. Learn more about the awardees below, and check out the event photos on Facebook.

Don't forget!  This Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm, beautiful music at Tolson's Chapel with Shana Oshiro!
04/01/2019

Don't forget! This Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm, beautiful music at Tolson's Chapel with Shana Oshiro!

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
03/10/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

African American Burial Ground Network Act Introduced in Congress
03/05/2019
African American Burial Ground Network Act Introduced in Congress

African American Burial Ground Network Act Introduced in Congress

Preservation Maryland commends Representatives Alma S. Adams (NC-12) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) for introducing the African American Burial Grounds Network Act and urges swift passage of the bill to chronicle and preserve African American burial grounds for future generations. There is no offici...

Friends of Tolson's Chapel
02/01/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel

02/01/2019
January 2019 begins our new membership year.  If you would like to renew your FOTC membership, or you would like to join...
12/27/2018

January 2019 begins our new membership year. If you would like to renew your FOTC membership, or you would like to join the fun (and help our important mission!), please use the "Donate" button above (located just below the banner photo) - the link will take you to our membership webpage. Thank you and Happy New Year!

Our new Tolson's Chapel Blog Spot went live today! Check it out!!
12/18/2018
Blog - Tolsons Chapel

Our new Tolson's Chapel Blog Spot went live today! Check it out!!

by Edie Wallace I believe it was 2002 when I first became aware of Tolson’s Chapel. It was only six years after the death of Virginia Cook, the last member of the chapel congregation who, sadly, I never knew. I … Continue reading →

We had 56 people come through Tolson's Chapel on Sunday's South County Historic Church Tour.  We are so thankful to the ...
12/18/2018

We had 56 people come through Tolson's Chapel on Sunday's South County Historic Church Tour. We are so thankful to the Boonsboro Historical Society for arranging the tour and making it a successful event! Happy Holidays all!!! 🎄

Join us for our community Christmas by Candlelight celebration tonight, December 8, at 7:00pm!
12/08/2018

Join us for our community Christmas by Candlelight celebration tonight, December 8, at 7:00pm!

11/27/2018

Please remember the Friends of Tolson's Chapel on #GivingTuesday!

11/26/2018

Looking for help cleaning the chapel on Sunday, December 2 at 1:00pm in preparation for Christmas by Candlelight.🎅

Christmas is coming!  Save the date, Saturday, December 8, for our 3rd annual Christmas by Candlelight community celebra...
10/16/2018

Christmas is coming! Save the date, Saturday, December 8, for our 3rd annual Christmas by Candlelight community celebration!

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
09/25/2018

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

09/17/2018

Here's a taste of some of what we heard - Shana Oshiro, executive director of HALO, an all-woman African American barbershop quartet.

We had such a super line up of guest speakers and singers at Rally Day! We are looking forward to inviting them back!
09/17/2018

We had such a super line up of guest speakers and singers at Rally Day! We are looking forward to inviting them back!

09/15/2018

Today is Rally Day!!! Join us for fun, food, and friends, 10:30am-2:30pm. I think the sun may actually shine on us today!

09/09/2018

Does anyone have a pop up tent we could borrow for Rally Day?

09/08/2018

Just one week left to place your early bids on Rally Day silent auction items!

09/05/2018

It's time to start bidding folks! Please help Tolson's Chapel!

09/03/2018

Don't forget to place your bid on one or more of our awesome silent auction items!!!!

Rally Day silent auction - additional item available for early bidding! Signed 3 volume set, The Maryland Campaign, by T...
09/01/2018

Rally Day silent auction - additional item available for early bidding! Signed 3 volume set, The Maryland Campaign, by Tom Clemens. Suggested opening bid $50.

Rally Day silent auction - place your bids in the comments below the selected item!
09/01/2018

Rally Day silent auction - place your bids in the comments below the selected item!

08/31/2018

Keep your eye on this page! We'll begin posting Rally Day silent auction items tomorrow for early bidding. Don't miss out!

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
08/19/2018

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to Friends of Tolsons Chapel when you shop for back to school supplies at smile.am...
08/09/2018

Purchase with purpose. Amazon donates to Friends of Tolsons Chapel when you shop for back to school supplies at smile.amazon.com.

Interesting presentation in Lovettsville coming up!
06/26/2018

Interesting presentation in Lovettsville coming up!

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
06/26/2018

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

Very good talk at Tolson's
06/23/2018

Very good talk at Tolson's

Come and hear this talk
06/23/2018

Come and hear this talk

06/23/2018

Tolson's Chapel is open for tours until our talk that starts at 2

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
06/19/2018

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

We all need to be the agents of change.
06/03/2018
Starbucks and the Issue of White Space

We all need to be the agents of change.

What’s most crucial isn’t whether a company can diminish bias among its employees. It’s the acknowledgment that bias is so pervasive it has to try.

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