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Fort McHenry Aug 4
STATUS UPDATE--Fort McHenry grounds will be open on Wed, Aug 5, 2020, 9AM-5PM. The Fort's visitor center, Star Fort, & restrooms remain closed due to health concerns related to COVID-19. There are no on-site public programs or visitor services at this time. [Photo by Tim Ervin]
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Fort McHenry Aug 4
PARK CLOSURE -- Fort McHenry and its grounds will be closed on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 due to the potential impact of Hurricane Isaias.
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Star Spangled NHT Jul 20
During the , the British planned to leave the Chesapeake in early Sept 1814. Seeing that a new moon would be taking place close to the upcoming equinox (creating dangerous tides & currents for the fleet), they decided to stay a while & attacked Bmore
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Fort McHenry Jul 14
Our sister park, , is hiring a gardener. Learn more about the position below.
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National Park Foundation Jul 14
📢 Calling all amateur photographers! The 2020 Share the Experience photo contest is open. Submit your favorite shots from the past decade for the chance to win! Learn more and enter today at .
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Fort McHenry Jul 13
Our sister park, , has a job opening for a horticulturist. More information about the position is below.
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Fort McHenry Jul 4
Please note, today's planned July 4th flyover occurs AFTER park hours. Use the link below to see a list of possible alternative nearby viewing sites that were provided for the 2018 Maryland Fleet Week airshow. Have a happy & safe 4th of July! Photo: NOAA
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JeanLafitteNPS Jul 3
"The rocket's red glare" in "The Star Spangled Banner" refers to British weapons fired at during . DYK that what British called Congreve rockets were perfected in India defending against British colonial invaders in late 1700s?
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Frederick Douglass Jul 2
This Fourth of July, please join us for a virtual community reading of one of Frederick Douglass’s most famous addresses, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” as we take a moment to reflect on the significance of July 4, 1776.
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Fort McHenry Jul 3
that Fort McHenry's namesake--James McHenry--was friends with Alexander ? In one letter between the two, McHenry writes to introduce future naval hero Joshua Barney! Read the full letter and notes at:
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Fort McHenry Jul 3
We know! We know!!
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Fort McHenry Jun 30
We are super excited that our stamps from America's National Parks have arrived! You can download the Fort's stamp--as well as stamps from other National Parks--at this website: Photo by Tim Ervin
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Fort McHenry Jun 27
6/27/1813 Maj George Armistead arrived in Baltimore to take over his new command at Fort McHenry. Recently promoted after his role in the capture of Fort George in Canada, the 33-year-old Armistead faced a daunting challenge in Baltimore during the . Image: MDHS
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Fort McHenry Jun 26
Foxes & groundhogs & ospreys, oh my! Just this past week, rangers have spotted groundhogs, ospreys, great blue herons & (in the early morning) a red fox on the grounds of Fort McHenry! Many people don't know that the park is next to a wetland. photos: /W. Parson
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Fort McHenry Jun 24
The maritime history of African Americans on the Chesapeake Bay goes back hundreds of years. During the , it is estimated that as many as 20 % of privateer crews were Black and up to 10 % of crews on US Navy vessels. Free blacks also served in the US Chesapeake Flotilla
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Constitution Museum Jun 23
An engraving by William Birch and Son in the Museum's collection gives us a glimpse of what a working shipyard, like Edmund Hartt's, may have looked like in the 1790s. Visit our blog to learn more:
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Fort McHenry Jun 23
- 6/23/1825 Brig Gen John Stricker dies. Stricker is among the honored Baltimore defenders for his skillful command of the Baltimore brigade in the Battle of North Point on September 12, 1814. He is buried at Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore. [image: MDHS]
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Star Spangled NHT Jun 22
June 22, 1807 - The British H.M. frigate LEOPARD, on the hunt for Royal Navy deserters, fired on and then boarded the U.S. frigate CHESAPEAKE (near Norfolk, VA), creating a major international crisis between the U.S. and Great Britain.
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Star Spangled NHT Jun 18
6/18/1812 the US declares war on GB. The , contrary to its name, lasted nearly 3 years & was a crucial test for the US Constitution & the new democratic government. The US emerged with a greatly enhanced international reputation.
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Hampton NHS Jun 17
Hampton NHS is hiring! We have an opening for a Park Ranger (Protection Division). Visit the link below for more details:
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