Explore Maryland during the Chesapeake Campaign
The story of Maryland's fight for the nation will be celebrated through the Chesapeake Campaign, a traveling festival featuring re-enactors, hands-on educational activities, performance, food, drink and interactive fun along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
More than 700,000 people every year visit Ft. McHenry, the site that inspired our national anthem. In this series, WYPR tells stories of the War of 1812: the people, the places, and the song. Rockets' Red Glare is made possible by a grant from Star-Spangled 200 a national bicentennial in Maryland. To listen to the latest segment, please click here. For more information, please visit: WYPR Rocket's Red Glare.
All but forgotten by Americans, the War of 1812 (1812–1815) was a dramatic watershed for the young, groundbreaking United States Republic. Ill-prepared to fight the powerful English nation, the U.S. struggled through three years of conflict but emerged more unified with new patriotic symbols like the "Star-Spangled Banner."
In Full Glory Reflected is Maryland's largest display devoted to the War of 1812 and its era. The exhibition fills an entire gallery floor with a fascinating array of artifacts and documents, many donated by the Defenders of Baltimore.
Caulk's Field on Maryland's Eastern Shore is the best-preserved War of 1812 battlefield in the Mid-Atlantic. Recent archaeological discoveries have revealed American and British troop movements with a detail and precision that no other research has provided.
The War of 1812 Virtual Resource Center on Thinkport.org offers Maryland educators, students and families the opportunity to learn about the people, places and events surrounding this epic event. The site's rich education resources include interactive games, activities, lessons, multimedia and field trips. In support of the bicentennial, The War of 1812 website is a production of Maryland Public Television/Thinkport in collaboration with the Friends of Fort McHenry and the National Park Service. For more information, please visit: warof1812.thinkport.org.
Thank you for celebrating the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner with us at Sailabration!
Star-Spangled Sailabration has come to a close and we bid farewell to the tall ships, Navy ships, Blue Angels, military personnel and visitors who came to Baltimore to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Make plans to visit again during the three-year commemoration, particularly in September 2014 for Star-Spangled Spectacular when we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Follow Star-Spangled on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on Star-Spangled 200: a national bicentennial in Maryland.