Auni Gelles

Auni Gelles was on staff at the Heart of the Civil War from August 2014 to May 2017. Prior to becoming involved with Maryland's Heritage Areas program, she spent time in the New Media department at the National Museum of American History and working on history and literature programs at the Maryland Humanities Council. She received a B.A. in anthropology and sociology from Goucher College and an M.A. in Historical Studies (public history concentration) from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A Baltimore City resident, she enjoys traveling to historic sites across Maryland.

Auni Gelles

Auni Gelles

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The Heart of the Civil War by Rail

January 5, 2017

The Heart of the Civil War by RailThe Civil War marked the first war in world history in which railroads played a role. Learn where you can experience this chapter of railroad history in the Heart of the Civil War. Read More

#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War

July 22, 2016

#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War#FindYourPark in the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area and celebrate the first 100 years of the National Park Service. Read More

Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean Moir

July 15, 2016

Animating Antietam: a Q&A with Sean MoirSean Moir, founder of Western Heritage Mapping, shares his insights about creating an animated map of the 1862 Battle of Antietam. Read More

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s Heritage

May 2, 2016

New Organizations Form to Preserve Maryland’s HeritageA look at three new organizations that have formed to preserve invaluable historic resources in Civil War Maryland. Read More

Inspiring the Next Generation of Battlefield Stewards: an Education Initiative in the Works

December 1, 2015

Inspiring the Next Generation of Battlefield Stewards: an Education Initiative in the WorksIntroducing a new K-12 initiative that seeks to increase student engagement at local battlefields and historic sites. Read More

From a Place of Carnage to a Destination for Reflection: Antietam National Battlefield at 125

August 25, 2015

From a Place of Carnage to a Destination for Reflection: Antietam National Battlefield at 125If you visit Antietam National Battlefield today, you're likely to drive onto federally-maintained roads, climb the 60-foot Observation Tower, and survey the tranquil agricultural landscape at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. You may be surprised to learn that visitors to Antietam... Read More

The ‘Great Treat of Ice Cream’: Explore Civil War Trails & Sample Sweet Treats This Summer

July 15, 2015

The ‘Great Treat of Ice Cream’: Explore Civil War Trails & Sample Sweet Treats This SummerCelebrate National Ice Cream Month while visiting significant Civil War sites in the Heart of the Civil War. Read More

Paying with their Lives: Townsend Reports on the Lincoln Conspirators’ Execution

July 7, 2015

Paying with their Lives: Townsend Reports on the Lincoln Conspirators’ ExecutionOn this date 150 years ago, the nation faced a dramatic and divisive moment: the execution of four conspirators involved in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Read More

Experiencing History in the Great Outdoors: Where Recreation & History Intersect

April 23, 2015

Experiencing History in the Great Outdoors: Where Recreation & History IntersectThe stunning natural landscape sculpted by the Piedmont plateau and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides an ideal setting for outdoor enthusiasts of all types. Read More

George Alfred Townsend: Larger-than-Life Literary Luminary

March 24, 2015

George Alfred Townsend: Larger-than-Life Literary LuminaryA look at George Alfred Townsend, the 19th century celebrity who wrote the bestselling book on the Lincoln assassination and its aftermath. Read More

“Illuminating Frederick: from Celebration to Grief” on 4/10

March 16, 2015

“Illuminating Frederick: from Celebration to Grief” on 4/10Mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War's end at Frederick's City Hall on Friday, April 10 with author James Swanson and a commemorative illumination. Read More

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