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South Mountain Museum Upgrades Planned in Maryland

BOONSBORO, MD. (AP).- Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources says it’s upgrading museums in the South Mountain Recreation Area near Boonsboro in time for the Civil War sesquicentennial. Park Manager Dan Spedden told a news conference Monday in Hagerstown that the agency will refurbish buildings at Washington Monument State Park and Gathland State Park to add exhibits focused largely on the Sept. 14, 1862, Battle of South Mountain. At Washington Monument, exhibits will be added to an existing museum that was once the park concession stand. At Gathland, a lodge building will house exhibits about the fighting that occurred in several gaps along 12 miles of the mountain ridge. Spedden says $187,000 has been awarded for building rehabilitation. The agency is seeking bids for exhibit construction.