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“Defense of the Nation: Maryland in the War of 1812”

Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light St.
May 1, 2014 through September 20, 2014
This traveling exhibit offers the opportunity to experience the crucial Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. Though some call the War of 1812 “America’s Forgotten War,” this exhibit shows why the events that took place 200 years ago continue to inspire and enlighten Americans.
www.baltimore.org

“Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty”

Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St.
Beginning June 13, 2014
This IMAX film explores the origins of the War of 1812 and the British torching of Washington, D.C., the White House and Capitol.
www.mdsci.org

“A Very Visionary Star-Spangled Sidewalk”

American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy.
Through September 2014
This free, outdoor art celebration utilizes 520 linear feet of sidewalk that has been transformed into a visually creative interpretation, line by line, of the national anthem.
www.avam.org

“The A-Maze-ing Mendes Cohen”

Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St.
September 2014 through August 2015
This family-friendly exhibition traces the life of Baltimorean Mendes I. Cohen (1796-1879), exhibition highlighting his adventures in the context of American Jews between the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
www.jewishmuseummd.org

“For Whom It Stands: The Flag and the American People”

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St.
Through February 28, 2015
Grace Wisher, a young African American indentured servant in Mary Pickersgill’s household, worked on the flag that became a national symbol. This 3,200-square-foot exhibition highlights Wisher’s contribution to American history.

The museum will also host the program “O Say Can You Feel: Oral History Performance Preview. Stories Inspired by National Flags,” on May, 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in conjunction with the above exhibition. The intergenerational oral history performances are done by community residents from different backgrounds, sharing personal stories inspired by flag-related memories.
www.rflewismuseum.org

“Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy”

Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.
Through June 2015
Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was one of the femme fatales of the War of 1812 generation. This exhibition illustrates the ‘two worlds’ of France and America that Elizabeth inhabited and showcases her pearl and garnet tiara, silver, porcelain, paintings, textiles, jewelry, manuscripts, furniture and one of her "scandalous" dresses in the French-style.
www.mdhs.org

“’O’ Say Can You See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports”

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, 216 Emory St.
Ongoing
This 3-D film reveals the genesis of the national anthem being played at sporting events throughout America, which dates back to the first game of the 1918 baseball World Series in Chicago.
www.baberuthmuseum.org

“In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland in the War of 1812”

Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.
Ongoing
“In Full Glory Reflected” is Maryland’s largest display devoted to the War of 1812 and the era. It features many important objects – most notably, the original manuscript of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” written by Francis Scott Key at the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. The exhibit’s newest component is an interactive computer generated map of 1812-era Baltimore, developed by the Imaging Resource Center at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
www.mdhs.org

“Family of Flagmakers: The Women Who Created the Star-Spangled Banner”

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St.
Ongoing
This is the first permanent exhibit in history focusing on the life of Star-Spangled Banner flagmaker Mary Pickersgill and her family, household and neighborhood.
www.flaghouse.org

Events

Fort! Flag! Fire!

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave.
June 28 - September 1, 2014
Fort! Flag! Fire! combines the three most engaging ways to experience historic Fort McHenry, with daily programming that includes tours of the original buildings, hoisting the grand 30-by-42-foot flag over the ramparts of the fort and firing of the fort’s cannons. In addition to the exciting ranger programs, living history participants dressed in the uniforms of the soldiers, sailors and civilians from the War of 1812 will be “on duty” every day. Special children’s programs also make history fun for the young and young at heart.
Fort! Flag! Fire!

Star-Spangled Friday Nights

National Aquarium in Baltimore, 501 E. Pratt St.
Fridays, June 11-September 12, 2014 between 5-7:30pm 
Thanks to Francis Scott Key, you'll have full access to the National Aquarium on Friday evenings for $18.12 per ticket beginning July 11. In honor of his poem and the Baltimore pride that inspired it, we're offering this special admission every Friday between 5 pm and 7:30 pm through September 12. (You're free to roam the exhibits until 9:30 pm.)
Tickets and more information.

Crab Fest at Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave.
July 12, 2014; 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presented by the Friends of Fort McHenry
Enjoy Old Bay wings, hamburgers and hot dogs, corn, side salads, watermelon, and cake to go along with large and medium crabs! Soda, wine, and beer from Heavy Seas Brewery are available. Enjoy live music from the Eastport Oyster Boys. Check the Friends website for more details and ticket information.

Star-Spangled Swimmer: A War of 1812 Water Ballet

Druid Hill Park Pool, 800 Wyman Park Dr.
July 26, 2014, 5 p.m. and July 26, 2014, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Presented by Fluid Movement
Maryland's only community-based water ballet company presents their take on the War fo 1812. Facts meet whimsy in this decidely different take on the history of the Battle of Baltimore. Visit the Fluid Movement website for more details.

Military Tattoo Ceremonies

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave.
August, 2, 2014; 6 p.m.
Each evening ceremony features a branch of service – Army, Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Precision drill, music and living history make each program unique and memorable.
www.nps.gov/fomc

Star-Spangled Swimmer: A War of 1812 Water Ballet

Patterson Park Pool, 148 S. Linwood Ave.
August 2, 2014, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and August 3, 2014, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Presented by Fluid Movement
Maryland's only community-based water ballet company presents their take on the War fo 1812. Facts meet whimsy in this decidely different take on the history of the Battle of Baltimore. Visit the Fluid Movement website for more details.

Marc Leepson, What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life

Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Sr.
September 11, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
As part of the Star-Spangled 200 celebration, the Pratt Library invites you to meet and hear historian Marc Leepson talk about his new book, What So Proudly We Hailed.
www.prattlibrary.org

“Mysteries of the Star-Spangled Banner Manuscript”

The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
September 11, 2014, 6 p.m.
Conservator Elissa O’Loughlin will discuss the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript, its beginnings and history up to present time.
www.thewalters.org

“Singing on Key”: A Concert at Old St. Paul’s Church

Old St. Paul’s Church, 233 N. Charles St.
September 14, 2014, 5 p.m.
Musical concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore.
www.stpaulsbaltimore.org

National Anthem Re-mix Performance

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St.
September 14, 2014, 5 to 8 p.m.
Renowned beat-boxer Shodekeh performs his remixed, re-interpreted and re-imagined version of the national anthem in a first-time collaboration with the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and Classical Revolution.
www.rflewismuseum.org

Activities

O'er the Ramparts

Flights depart from Tipton Airport (KFME), 7505 General Aviation Dr., Hangar 84, Fort Meade, MD
April 15, 2014 through November 30, 2014
Enjoy a helicopter flight over Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the "Birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner," as we honor the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. While circling the fort, you'll see Federal Hill, Marinas and the spectacular Baltimore Inner Harbor skyline, too.
www.MonumentalHelicopters.com

Fort McHenry Boat Tour

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave.
Daily, May 24, 2014 through September 30, 2014
This lively, 35-minute audio tour is presented from Francis Scott Key’s perspective in the hours leading up to his writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The boat tour departs from the fort on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
www.friendsoffortmchenry.org

National Anthem Tour by Sea

Inner Harbor, Light Street Finger Piers
Ongoing
During this narrated, 60-minute cruise, guests learn the story of the War of 1812 in Maryland and the state’s pivotal role in securing America’s independence and how the nation got two of its most enduring icons – the national anthem and the flag.
www.cruisesonthebay.com

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