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Shepherd Foundation accepts gift to continue funding historic preservation program

ISSUED: 6 June 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd Foundation accepts gift to continue funding historic preservation program)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Foundation is pleased to announce the continued funding of the Historic Preservation Program at Shepherd University through a private gift to the Ida May Fleming Award in support of living history. For the second year in a row, the program will partner with local agencies to provide living history walking tours around Shepherdstown throughout the month of July.

Dr. Keith Alexander, a visiting assistant professor with the institute of environmental and physical sciences at Shepherd, designed the program to educate residents and visitors about Shepherdstown's history during the Civil War and early 20th century. The tours highlight the impact of the Battles of Antietam and Shepherdstown in 1862, the opening of Shepherd College in 1871, and the introduction of the railroad in 1879.

Last year's tour guides and Foundation scholars, Heidi Carbough, history major from Hamilton, Virginia, and Claudia Paycheff, a junior majoring in historic preservation from Jarrettsville, Maryland, will once again reprise their respective roles of Mary Bedinger and Mary Schroeder to lead the tours.

"I'm very pleased that Shepherd University's Historic Preservation Program can offer these tours again this summer, and I'm very grateful to the scholarship donors for making this possible," said Dr. Alexander. "The tours are a great way to educate both visitors and Shepherdstown residents about our town's rich history."

The Historic Preservation Program is working closely with the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center to promote the tours, and has launched a social media campaign. Find them on Facebook at

For more information about making a private gift such as the Ida May Fleming Award through the Shepherd University Foundation, please contact Monica Lingenfelter, Shepherd University Foundation, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV, 25443-5000, 304-876-5397, or visit


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Pictured above are Claudia Paycheff (l.) and Heidi Carbough who will serve as guides on the living history walking tours

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