Star-Spangled 200: a National Bicentennial in Maryland
Maryland played a pivotal role during the War of 1812, particularly during 1814 when the British captured and burned Washington, D.C. and then made their way toward Baltimore. The British planned to attack Baltimore by land at North Point and by sea at Fort McHenry, which stood in defense of the Baltimore Harbor. It was during the bombardment of Fort McHenry that Francis Scott Key, a Maryland-born attorney brought by truce ship to negotiate the release of an American prisoner, was inspired to write the words to what became the United States’ National Anthem. Star-Spangled is a three-year commemoration of Maryland’s unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Star-Spangled 200, Inc.
Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is the not-for-profit 501(c)3 entity that supports the fundraising goals of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Established in September 2010, Star-Spangled 200, Inc. is charged with educating the public through celebration and commemoration of the historical events of the War of 1812 by supporting the charitable and educational activities of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission
Established by Governor Martin O’Malley, the commission is staffed by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism Film and the Arts. The bicentennial period runs from June 2012 through February 2015. It commemorates Maryland’s unique contributions to the defense and heritage of the nation, including the pivotal battle that led to an American victory and the birth of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” For more information, visit www.starspangled200.org.
Message from Governor Martin O’Malley
The bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812 presents a tremendous opportunity to tell the story of Maryland’s pivotal role in securing America’s independence and giving our nation two of its most enduring icons-the anthem and the flag.
Star-Spangled 200 is an award-winning non-profit organization responsible for promoting Maryland as the home of the Star-Spangled Banner during the three-year War of 1812 Bicentennial. Events kicked off in June 2012 with Star-Spangled Sailabration. In August 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake presented the Sailabration executive planning team with Visit Baltimore’s “William Donald Schaefer Visionary Tourism Award.” In November during the 2012 Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit, Sailabration was awarded “Best Large Event in Maryland,” “Best Use of Social Media,” and the “Visit Maryland” award for best use of communications. To see more, please click here.
The Star-Spangled 200 Official Partner Program is comprised of nonprofits and agencies in federal, state and local government. Official Partners will play an integral part in the multi-year celebration by raising awareness of Maryland’s rich history and supporting the educational, tourism and economic goals of the commemoration.
Help Support Our Projects and Programs
Thank you for your interest in supporting Star-Spangled 200, Inc. and the Maryland War of 1812 bicentennial projects and programs.
Your charitable contribution will help Star-Spangled 200, Inc. fund education, community revitalization, and preservation projects. It will also assist in elevating Maryland globally as a premier location to live, work and visit, and increase economic opportunities for the state’s citizens.