MSDE Announcement: 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner: Resources for Educators

Baltimore, MD (May 13, 2014)

Dear Maryland Educator:

In September 2014, America will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Maryland and Marylanders played a pivotal role in the causes, conduct and outcomes of the War of 1812, and created two of the proudest symbols of America-the flag and the anthem-while the Chesapeake was engulfed in War.

Many bicentennial activities are being planned for Maryland in 2014 for the K-12 audience in virtual and non-virtual formats. Some of the most notable and easily accessible opportunities currently operating or planned include:

•          Visiting  Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, especially to be a part of the Bicentennial Living American Flag on September 9, 2014.

•          Discovering War of 1812 sites along the  Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia aided with the  Chesapeake Explorer mobile app or printed guide, In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.

•          Scheduling a trip for free tours of international tall ships and Navy vessels during  Star- Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore, September 11-15.

•          Exploring Maryland Public Television’s (MPT)  War of 1812 website, on Thinkport, for ample, engaging, internet-based home and classroom resources, including Interactive Battlefield Maps.

•           Screening the Emmy award winning MPT-produced filmThe War of 1812 on the
Chesapeake; Home of the Brave.

•           Participating in the Maryland State Arts Council’s  National Anthem Sing-Off, or the
Maryland Humanities Council’s  Maryland History Day/National History Day.

For more information on any of these activities and more, please contact Heather Ersts, Outreach and Partnership Coordinator at the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission (410-767-6974,, or Abbi Wicklein-Bayne, Education Specialist, The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail (443-321-3610,

Thank you for all that you do for the children and families of Maryland.

War of 1812 Letter to Educators


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