Jul 29, 2014

A ‘banner year’ for Baltimore

Visit Baltimore, the city’s official tourism agency, predicted last year that fiscal 2014 would be a “banner year” for tourism, and it appears they were right.

Jun 10, 2012

The selling of the War of 1812 bicentennial

While the War of 1812 may be in the DNA of Marylanders, it’s not always in their minds. “Most people, the only thing they really know about the War of 1812, is that it started in 1812,” says Tina Orcutt, superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. That’s where the word “Star-Spangled” comes […]

Apr 16, 2012

AT&T ringing in for three years with Star-Spangled 200

AT&T will be the lead sponsor of the state’s three-year commemoration of the War of 1812, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced Monday. The deal is for three years and more than $1 million. Discussions began in the fall after AT&T sponsored a September preview of the PBS documentary “The War of 1812”, according to Ann Beegle, […]

Nov 17, 2011

O’Malley gives speech at ‘Sailabration’ announcement

Gov. Martin O'Malley came to Baltimore Thursday morning to speak at the announcement of the Star-Spangled Sailabration, which is part of the state's War of 1812 bicentennial celebration next year. 'We carry with us in our hearts the great idea of America," O'Malley told the crowd. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz were also in attendance.

Nov 17, 2011

Fleet week to start War of 1812 celebration

Maryland tourism officials hope to draw more than 1 million people to the birthplace of the “Star-Spangled Banner” next summer as they open a multi-year bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 with an international maritime festival. The June festival along Baltimore’s harbor during a Naval fleet week celebration featuring tall ships and modern ships […]

Nov 7, 2011

Somerset County to honor role in War of 1812

PRINCESS ANNE — A newly formed committee is planning events to honor the role of Somerset County in the War of 1812, which will celebrate its bicentennial next year. Paul Touart, an architectural historian and committee member, says Somerset saw its share of skirmishes with the British. Touart says old newspaper accounts tell of 80 […]

Feb 23, 2011

Civil War exhibit kicks off Md. historical culture promotion

Baltimore began its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with the opening of a new exhibit Wednesday at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The celebration of the anniversary begins a six-year focus on Maryland’s historical culture and the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The exhibit, called “Riots, Railroads and […]

Jan 9, 2011

War of 1812 bicentennial celebration kicking off

The official opening of Fort McHenry’s new visitor center, expected March 3, will be the kickoff of events and fundraising for celebrating the War of 1812 bicentennial. The 32-month-long celebration of Maryland’s involvement in the War of 1812 is expected to cost the state $25 million. Some $8.5 million of that is expected to come […]

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