War of 1812: commemorations


Visitors walk past the main attraction of "The Star-Spangled Banner Gallery", the almost 200-year old, 30-by 34-foot flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the US National Anthem. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
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Some of the events marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in the next two months:

May 4-5: “Attack on Havre de Grace Commemoration Weekend.” The burning of Havre de Grace by the British in 1813 will be marked through the weekend with reenactments, tall ships, a concert by the Columbia Orchestra, fireworks, a Red Coat Run 5K race, and a circa 1800 church service. www.hdgtourism.com/packages.html This is one of the Maryland’s Chesapeake Campaign events that state and local communities are hosting this summer and next. www.starspangled200.com/chesapeakecampaign.

May 5: “Legend of Kitty Knight” in Georgetown, Md., also part of Maryland’s Chesapeake Campaign. Reenactment of the British burning of Georgetown and Fredericktown on the Sassafras River in 1813. www.kentcounty1812.org/burning-of-georgetown.

May 7, May 14: On Water Lecture Series aboard the Pride of Baltimore II. Lectures by David Hildebrand and Scott Sheads on 1812 music and history, sailing from Baltimore and sponsored by National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame. www.nshof.org .

May 17-18: Maryland in the War of 1812: A Living History Event at the Garrett County Fairgrounds, Md. Learn about “The Star-Spangled Banner” and hear ballads and sea chanties, with presentations from historians such as Chris George, Vince Vaise, Mike Dixon and David Hildebrand. 301-387-4386.

May 18: Dolley Madison’s birthday is marked with cake and punch at James Madison’s home at Montpelier, Va. Special museum exhibit, A Young Nation Stands: James Madison and the War of 1812 , is open. www.montpelier.org/visit/calendar-events.

May 19: “Music of the War of 1812,” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, Md., sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. www.mdhc.org/news.

May 23: “Through the Perilous Fight” discussion with Steve Vogel at the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore. www.mdhs.org.

May 25: “The Choice — Risking Your Life for Freedom.” An interactive experience from the perspective of the enslaved during the summer of 1814 at Sotterley Plantation in St. Mary’s County. www.sotterley.org.

June 1: BritishInvasion of Prince George’s County bus and boat tour, following the 1814 invasion route with scholar Ralph Eshelman; Darnall’s Chance Museum, Upper Marlboro. 301-952-8010

June 12-15: “From Enemies to Allies” is an international War of 1812 conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis; 50 scholars from the United States, Canada and Great Britain will present the most current scholarship on the causes, conduct and consequences of the war. www.starspangled200.com/feta. The conference includes tours of the “Seas, Lakes & Bay: the Naval War of 1812” art exhibit at the Naval Academy. 410-293-6933

June 14-15: Flag Day festivities in Frederick. The original “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript comes for the first time to the town where Francis Scott Key is buried. Events include a ceremony at Key’s grave, a new exhibit at the Frederick Visitors Center, and a marker unveiling by the minor league baseball Frederick Keys honoring Key, who is the team’s namesake. www.visitfrederick.org.

June 21: National release of “Anthem,” a public TV documentary on “The Star-Spangled Banner,” featuring performances and interviews with historians and music experts. Check local listings.

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