Antietam National Battlefield
Hannah Chaney is a native of Western Maryland and is from the rural town of Clear Spring. As a child, her family would go camping at Fort Frederick State Park and visit other sites from the area’s rich history. It is this that would inspire her love of history and ultimately her career path. Hannah went to Shepherd University where she studied Historic Preservation and Public History with a minor in Environmental Science. During her time at the university, she would have two internships with the National Park Service. One was working with the C&O Canal interpreting the history of Ferry Hill Plantation. Using what she learned at this site she did her senior thesis on how to interpret the canal town, which used to be situated on the property, at the visitor center. The second was an Education Internship at Antietam National Battlefield where she assisted the education team with school programs and educating students and visitors alike on the Battle of Antietam. In conjunction with Shepherd university, she also volunteered on the Shepherdstown Historic Landmark Commission, which helps to preserve the historic fabric of the oldest town in West Virginia. In December 2017, Hannah graduated with her B.A. in History. Hannah is very excited to continue her work at Antietam Battlefield and the CVA program for a third year, continuing to foster the growth of its volunteer programs so more can be done to interpret and preserve this important piece of American history.