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
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Congratulations Nicholas Redding and Preservation Maryland! This is a worthy project!
11/14/2019
[MAJOR AWARD] National Prize for Historic Trades Program

Congratulations Nicholas Redding and Preservation Maryland! This is a worthy project!

The J.M. Kaplan Fund announced today the results of its nationwide search to identify ten exceptionally catalytic social and environmental change initiatives. Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding was selected for his work in launching The Campaign for Historic Trades.

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
11/09/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/16-1775466, AmazonSmile donates to Friends of To...
10/29/2019

Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/16-1775466, AmazonSmile donates to Friends of Tolsons Chapel?

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo
10/23/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

We had a wonderful outcome from Braden Paulson's Eagle Scout project which stabilized the cemetery hillside and created ...
10/21/2019

We had a wonderful outcome from Braden Paulson's Eagle Scout project which stabilized the cemetery hillside and created beautiful gardens in front of the chapel. Many thanks to Braden, Troop 51, and others who helped!

09/07/2019

Happening now!

09/07/2019

It's Rally Day!

Looking for artwork? Bid in tomorrow's silent auction on any of these pieces donated by the Contemporary School of Art.
09/06/2019

Looking for artwork? Bid in tomorrow's silent auction on any of these pieces donated by the Contemporary School of Art.

Countdown to Rally Day - 1Check out this wonderful ceramic pitcher and tray set, available for bids in our silent auctio...
09/06/2019

Countdown to Rally Day - 1
Check out this wonderful ceramic pitcher and tray set, available for bids in our silent auction tomorrow, Saturday, September 7!

09/06/2019

We are very sad to have to report that, due to illness, the Spears Sisters will not be able to perform at Rally Day. We wish a very speedy recovery to Ms. Spears! We are happy to report that pianist Mack Berry will perform in their stead with a variety of selections that are sure to please all in attendance!

Can any of our local friends loan us a pop up tent? We need two.
09/05/2019

Can any of our local friends loan us a pop up tent? We need two.

Countdown to Rally Day - 2We have several gift cards available for bids in the silent auction - Battleview Market (2 @$1...
09/05/2019

Countdown to Rally Day - 2
We have several gift cards available for bids in the silent auction - Battleview Market (2 @$15 each) and Foster's on the Point ($50; https://fostersonthepoint.com/). Please join us on Saturday, Sept. 7 for your chance to bid in the silent auction and help the Friends of Tolson's Chapel mission!

Countdown to Rally Day - 3Want a chance to bid on this antique croquet set? Come to Rally Day on Saturday Sept. 7. If yo...
09/04/2019

Countdown to Rally Day - 3

Want a chance to bid on this antique croquet set? Come to Rally Day on Saturday Sept. 7. If you can't be there, please consider donating using the donate button above!

Rally Day countdown - 4Come to Rally Day on Saturday, September 7 (10:30 to 2:30) for a chance to bid on this gift baske...
09/03/2019

Rally Day countdown - 4

Come to Rally Day on Saturday, September 7 (10:30 to 2:30) for a chance to bid on this gift basket from our friends at Antietam Creek Vineyards!

Countdown to Rally Day - 5This beautiful art glass vase is up for bid in the silent auction next Saturday!
09/02/2019

Countdown to Rally Day - 5

This beautiful art glass vase is up for bid in the silent auction next Saturday!

Countdown to Rally Day - 6Come to Rally Day on September 7 and bid on this ca. 1920 beveled mirror in the silent auction...
09/02/2019

Countdown to Rally Day - 6

Come to Rally Day on September 7 and bid on this ca. 1920 beveled mirror in the silent auction!

09/01/2019

FOTC is seeking a loan of two popup tents for Rally Day next Saturday. Also need volunteers to help with cleanup after (2:30 or 3:00pm). Please send a message or email if you can help with either. Thanks! 😊

Thanks to Ron Lytle for ringing the Tolson's Chapel bell today for the 4-minute commemoration of the 400th anniversary o...
08/25/2019

Thanks to Ron Lytle for ringing the Tolson's Chapel bell today for the 4-minute commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first landing of enslaved Africans in the English colony of Virginia. Eight of those enslaved people were taken by William Claiborne to his claim on Kent Island in the Maryland colony.

We honor those people and all of the millions of African enslaved today, for their resilience in the face of unspeakable horror, and commit ourselves to remembering their humanity. Just like us, they were people. Just like us, they were fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. They were kings, administrators, craftsmen, religious leaders, teachers, and homemakers - just like us.

We are ringing the Tolson's Chapel bell this Sunday, August 25 at 3:00pm. Please join us for this important commemoratio...
08/22/2019
Invitation to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Arrival of First Enslaved Africans in the Americas

We are ringing the Tolson's Chapel bell this Sunday, August 25 at 3:00pm. Please join us for this important commemoration.

Invitation to Commemorate 400th Anniversary of Arrival of First Enslaved Africans in the Americas August 05, 2019 Share This: facebook twitter linkedin email printfriendly separator share_compact Racial ReconciliationPresiding BishopMichael Curry Next VideoWay of Love: Pray TrailerWatch Video »

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08/14/2019

Friends of Tolson's Chapel's cover photo

Slave Dwelling Project to visit Harpers Ferry
08/05/2019
Slave Dwelling Project to visit Harpers Ferry

Slave Dwelling Project to visit Harpers Ferry

HARPERS FERRY — Joseph McGill is on a mission to change the way slavery in America is thought about today through his nonprofit organization the Slave Dwelling Project.

Any younger folks out there looking for a direction to take, this looks like a great one!
07/05/2019
The Campaign for Historic Trades

Any younger folks out there looking for a direction to take, this looks like a great one!

Across the nation, thousands of construction jobs go unfilled – a quiet crisis that grows each day. The problem is only magnified for the historic trades which also suffer from a lack of new entrants into the workforce. 

Edie representing Tolsons at Sharpsburg' s wreath laying in May
06/15/2019

Edie representing Tolsons at Sharpsburg' s wreath laying in May

Drum fun at the chapel yesterday!
06/02/2019

Drum fun at the chapel yesterday!

Joseph McGill with the Slave Dwelling Project spent the night at the Kennedy Farm last night!
06/02/2019

Joseph McGill with the Slave Dwelling Project spent the night at the Kennedy Farm last night!

Overnight visit at @john_brown_raid_headquarters with @slavedwellingproject last night

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

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111 E High St
Sharpsburg, MD
21782

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Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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