- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 26, 2002

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) Forest evolution, slippery pot pie and a runaway slave are some of the topics covered in the first issue of Catoctin History, a new magazine documenting the culture of Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties.
Produced by the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, a research institute sponsored by the National Park Service and Frederick Community College, the magazine will be published twice a year at an annual subscription price of $15, said Dean Herrin, editor and Catoctin Center co-founder.
"There's nothing like this out there," the Park Service historian said.
The first issue, with a cover painting of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, offers an article about that clash by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James M. McPherson. There also is a piece examining changes in Catoctin Mountain forests since white settlers arrived, and another recounting the story of a slave who escaped from bondage in Washington County and then wrote his former master a stern letter.
Then there's the recipe for slippery pot pie, a sloppy concoction of meat, noodles and gravy peculiar to the area.
The magazine is spiced with variety because "not everybody is into academic history, but they may be into the history of slippery pot pie," Mr. Herrin said.
He said he hopes to expand the magazine to quarterly publication if it can support itself.
Mr. Herrin and Frederick Community College professor Michael Powell created the Catoctin Center in 1998. The college contributes office space, computers and mailing services.
The center also offers conferences on regional history, workshops such as this year's "Underground Railroad in Mid-Maryland," and projects that include cataloging archaeological artifacts and surveying historical sites.
Terry Carlstrom, regional director of the Park Service's National Capital Region, praised the venture's cooperative spirit.
"We all can do so much more when we work together on the history and culture of this area," Mr. Carlstrom said.

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