Friends of Fort McHenry

Friends of Fort McHenry Founded in 1984, The Friends of Fort McHenry is the recognized friends group of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
The mission of the Friends of Fort McHenry, in partnership with the National Park Service, is to support the development and implementation of educational programming and living history activities, and the creation of interpretive exhibits and visitor facilities that best engender the widest possible understanding and appreciation of Fort McHenry and the enduring legacy and promise of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, our National Anthem. The Friends achieve this mission through generous support provided by individuals, businesses and foundations who value our heritage and the impact that history can have upon our young people.
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The Fort McHenry Experience, a curriculum-based education program for Baltimore City school students is an example of education programming sponsored by the Friends. This “hands-on” land-sea experience operated jointly by the National Park Service and Living Classrooms Foundation educators immerses the students in the history of the Fort as well as the Fort’s importance in our Nation’s history. The premiere event held at Fort McHenry is the Star-Spangled Banner Weekend, which commemorates the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the successful defense of Fort McHenry from British invasion during the War of 1812. The Friends of Fort McHenry, in partnership with the National Park Service, present this exciting annual celebration on the weekend closest to September 14th, the actual anniversary of the bombardment of the Fort. Activities on-site throughout the weekend include a dress parade, flag raisings, cannon demonstrations, and presentations by re-enactors and living history interpreters. This event provides adults and children with the opportunity to learn about life in Baltimore during the War of 1812 and to celebrate the writing of our National Anthem.

It's time for #Flagfactfriday! DID YOU KNOW: Fort McHenry is one of only eight locations (or type of location) in the Un...
04/24/2020

It's time for #Flagfactfriday! DID YOU KNOW: Fort McHenry is one of only eight locations (or type of location) in the United States where the flag is required to fly 24 hours a day. The National Park Service flies a modern, 50-star flag during the night. This is the same flag that flies over any government building in the country. Each morning this is lowered and a replica of either the original garrison flag or the storm flag, complete with only fifteen stars and stripes,is raised depending on the weather. In the late afternoon just before the park closes, the replica flag is lowered and the modern flag is raised once again.

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Not only has this week been #Nationalparksweek -- it is also #nationalvolunteers week! Volunteers are the lifeblood of s...
04/23/2020

Not only has this week been #Nationalparksweek -- it is also #nationalvolunteers week!
Volunteers are the lifeblood of sites like Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and we are so thankful for the volunteers who are as passionate about the Fort as we are! #TBT to the volunteer appreciation event we help with the National Park Service in December.

Watch a great video that the Rangers at Fort McHenry have put together to honor these special people!

https://www.facebook.com/FtMcHenryNPS/videos/243197947041993/

In honor of #EarthDay2020 and #NationalVolunteer Week, we want to shout out for the Kennedy Krieger Institute! Kennedy K...
04/22/2020

In honor of #EarthDay2020 and #NationalVolunteer Week, we want to shout out for the Kennedy Krieger Institute! Kennedy Krieger has been a great supporter of both Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine & Living Classrooms Foundation !

Flash back to 2018, when a group of volunteers came out to help us maintain beautiful Fort McHenry. Volunteers helped us with weeding, mulching and other chores that help keep this historic site a wonderful resource for the Baltimore community!

Happy National Park Week from Friends of Fort McHenry of Fort McHenry! The Rangers at Fort McHenry National Monument & H...
04/21/2020

Happy National Park Week from Friends of Fort McHenry of Fort McHenry! The Rangers at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine are doing an amazing job helping us find our #VIRTUALpark by creating awesome resources to keep our favorite history close in this time of social distancing!

The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks. You can learn about nature sounds, night skies, or even the Transcontinental Railroad! You'll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy.
It doesn't matter what age you are—just "explore, learn, and protect" your national parks online and become an official Junior Ranger! Look for the virtual badges you can print out and post on your refrigerator.
Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/kids/junior-ranger-online.htm
and see what the team at Fort McHenry has in store by watching this video:
https://www.facebook.com/FtMcHenryNPS/videos/533437834012368/

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04/21/2020

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"We get immersed in the history and it's a lot of fun"-Youth Corps member Aiden said of his experience with Living Histo...
04/17/2020

"We get immersed in the history and it's a lot of fun"-Youth Corps member Aiden said of his experience with Living History at Fort McHenry. Aiden has been a part of our team for 5 summers.
Last year, 5,000 employment hours were funded and sponsored for students to not only provide vital interpretive experiences for visitors of the park but also train them in vital job and life skills.

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If you have ever visited Fort McHenry, you have hopefully held the 30 x 42-foot replica of the Star-Spangled Banner. Lit...
04/16/2020

If you have ever visited Fort McHenry, you have hopefully held the 30 x 42-foot replica of the Star-Spangled Banner. Literally a “flagship” program, the program highlights the role of the flag in the development of the National Anthem.
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Beneath the surface of the ground at Fort McHenry National Monument lay known and unknown archaeological treasures of th...
04/15/2020

Beneath the surface of the ground at Fort McHenry National Monument lay known and unknown archaeological treasures of the past history. This 43-acre parcel of land reveals a story in American history that spans from 1776 until the last military occupation as a U.S. Coast Guard Station during World War II.
Archaeological research started in 1958 with the most recent project in 1996. As a result of this research the artifact collection now includes around 16,000 pieces. Most artifacts collected relate to the construction activities or military occupation of the site. Each reveals a small part of the history of the site.

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Did you know that Fort McHenry was built on the site of the former Fort Whetstone, which had defended Baltimore from 177...
04/14/2020

Did you know that Fort McHenry was built on the site of the former Fort Whetstone, which had defended Baltimore from 1776 to 1797? Fort Whetstone stood on Whetstone Point peninsula. Today we know this area as Locust Point. The Star Fort was built in 1798. Now, the landscape of park including the Star Fort is 43.26 acres.

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#onthisday
04/14/2020

#onthisday

#onthisday April 14, 1814: William Williams enlists as a private in the U.S. Army and is assigned to the 38th U.S. Infantry Regiment.

Williams was an enslaved native Marylander. He had run away from his owner earlier that spring. In early September 1814, the 38th U.S. Infantry was ordered to march to Fort McHenry. During the bombardment, Williams was severely wounded, having his leg "blown off by a cannonball." He was taken to the Baltimore Hospital, where he died two months later. Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/william-williams.htm

[image: US Regular Infantryman, NPS] Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Also #onthisday April 14, 1814: British troops reoccupy Tangier Island, VA. They develop a base called Fort Albion at the southern end of the island.

Fort Albion, named after the ancient name for England and Commodore George Cockburn’s flagship, served two major functions: as a central base to sustain continued British attacks along the Chesapeake (ideally located for control of the central Bay), and as a depot for receiving runaway enslaved Americans.

Learn more: https://www.nps.gov/places/tangier-island.htm

[image:Rear Admiral George Cockburn organized formerly enslaved men as a special unit of the Colonial Corps of Marines to fight alongside British soldiers in 1814. (c)Gerry Embelton]

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Each summer history comes alive with Living History at Fort McHenry.  In partnership with NPS and Living Classrooms Foun...
04/13/2020

Each summer history comes alive with Living History at Fort McHenry. In partnership with NPS and Living Classrooms Foundation, Friends of Fort McHenry supports youth employment at the fort annually.

The Youth Corps, comprised of 15 high school and college students, are provided an incredible job training experience. As historically outfitted interpreters, they provide visitors with opportunities to engage in hands-on 19th century military and civilian activities. At the same time, the Living History Youth Corps Team members benefit from valuable employment and learning public communication skills.

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April is #Nationalmathmonth AND when we celebrate #Nationalparksweek.  In honor of both of these fun holidays and becaus...
04/12/2020

April is #Nationalmathmonth AND when we celebrate #Nationalparksweek. In honor of both of these fun holidays and because let's face it, we need a little break from the news- we thought it would be fun to get to know your park by the numbers. How does Friends of Fort McHenry help support Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine? How big are the grounds of the Fort? Tune in all week as we celebrate to gear up for National Parks Week!
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Feeling stir-crazy? Need a mental break from our Shelter in Place? Tune in to the Key Cam!Lay a blanket on your living r...
04/11/2020

Feeling stir-crazy? Need a mental break from our Shelter in Place? Tune in to the Key Cam!
Lay a blanket on your living room floor.. and imagine you are picnicking on the grounds of Fort McHenry!

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Happy 240th Birthday to George Armistead!"Born on April 10, 1780, in Caroline County, Virginia, George was one of five b...
04/10/2020

Happy 240th Birthday to George Armistead!
"Born on April 10, 1780, in Caroline County, Virginia, George was one of five brothers, all of whom later served in the War of 1812. On his taking command of Fort McHenry in June 1813, Armistead ordered a flag made "so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance." He earned his enduring place in American history under that flag at Fort McHenry whose stalwart defense of Baltimore against British attack in 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner." Armistead remained in command of the fort until his untimely death at age 38 on April 25, 1818. He is buried in Old St. Paul's Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland." - From Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

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--*A Tale of Two Flags*--Thanks for tuning in this #FlagFactFriday! DID YOU KNOW Mary Pickersgill made 2 flags when she ...
04/10/2020

--*A Tale of Two Flags*--
Thanks for tuning in this #FlagFactFriday! DID YOU KNOW Mary Pickersgill made 2 flags when she was commissioned by then Major George Armistead. The first was 30 feet high by 42 feet long which was later know as "The Great Garrison Flag", the largest garrison flag ever flown. A flag so large, if waterlogged, could weigh several hundred pounds and break the flagpole. The other was known as "The Storm Flag" and measured 17 feet by 25 feet.
The original Garrison Flag is on display at the Smithsonian.
The original Storm Flag has been lost to history.

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Are you #distancelearning and looking for new resources for the war of 1812? Check out our War of 1812 Classroom Resourc...
04/09/2020

Are you #distancelearning and looking for new resources for the war of 1812? Check out our War of 1812 Classroom Resource site. Created through partnership with Friends of Fort McHenry, Living Classrooms Foundation Maryland Public Television & National Park Service ,we happy to share this great resource.

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http://warof1812.thinkport.org/#home.html

04/06/2020
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Check out Ranger Shannon as she discusses Fort McHenry’s role in WWI as General Hospital #2.

#OnThisDay in 1917, the United States entered World War I. More than two million American soldiers would join the war effort, with many of them facing death, illness, and hardships both abroad and once they returned home. In today's video, Ranger Shannon highlights the nurses of General Hospital No. 2 at Fort McHenry, and how they worked to restore the physical and mental health of thousands of soldiers during World War I.

#FindYourPark #WWI #PublicHealth

I mean WE knew that Fort McHenry was the best— but I suppose we are partial.Thanks for everyone who voted and supported!
04/02/2020

I mean WE knew that Fort McHenry was the best— but I suppose we are partial.

Thanks for everyone who voted and supported!

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine wins!

We appreciate all of your votes, comments, shares, and love. We have had a wonderful time hosting Museum Madness over the last 5 years and it's bittersweet saying goodbye to the campaign. But like all good things, this too must come to an end.

But don't worry! We will be here with lots of new content for you, and keep your eyes out for our posts featuring Fort McHenry's museum collection throughout the next year!

Happy #Nationalwalkingday ! We wish more than anything that we could be walking the Sea Wall Trail at Fort McHenry-- tak...
04/01/2020

Happy #Nationalwalkingday ! We wish more than anything that we could be walking the Sea Wall Trail at Fort McHenry-- taking in some of our favorite sights in the city, but we are happily respecting #socialdistancing recommendations and #stayinplace orders.

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Happy National Crayon Day from Friends of Fort McHenry! While many of us are looking for ways to pass our time, get crea...
03/31/2020

Happy National Crayon Day from Friends of Fort McHenry!

While many of us are looking for ways to pass our time, get creative or are looking for another activities for our kiddos-- enjoy these coloring activities celebrating our favorite subject "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Tag us so we can see your masterpieces!

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03/31/2020
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

HAPPENING NOW! Celebrate the last day of #womenshistorymonth with Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine Ranger Shannon as she recounts stories of unconventional (but influential) women who have impacted Fort McHenry's history!

Join Ranger Shannon in exploring the lives and lesser-know tales of the unconventional women who shaped Fort McHenry's history throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Whether they were business owners or spies, the women of Fort McHenry's history broke away from their traditional domestic roles to pursue personal and military endeavors that ultimately showcased a gradual shift of women to the public sphere. During the program, visitors will learn more about Mary Young Pickersgill, maker of the famous Star-Spangled Banner, nurses stationed at Fort McHenry's General Hospital No. 2 during World War I, and many more.

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo
03/31/2020

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo

On a very special #nationaldoctorsday, when we are so very thankful to doctors and the sacrifice and bravery of the posi...
03/31/2020

On a very special #nationaldoctorsday, when we are so very thankful to doctors and the sacrifice and bravery of the position, we are excited to also honor our favorite doctor-- Dr. William Beanes of Upper Marlboro.

In the Summer of 1814, Dr. Beanes offered his house for use of the British as they sailed up the Patuxent River and prepared to march on Washington.

After the British claimed defeat on Washington, having burned much of its most notable buildings to the ground, some British deserters robbed small farms on their way back through the area. Robert Bowie convinced Dr. Beanes who in turn convinced Dr. William Hill and Philip Weems to take matters into their own hands and captured these robbers.They then held them in Prince George's County Jail. One escaped and reported back to a General who had stayed at Beanes' house earlier in the summer.
Feeling misled and betrayed, General Ross seized Bowie, Hill, Weems & Beanes. He later released everyone but Dr. Beanes whom they took to their ship H.M.S. Tonnant.

This set the stage for Francis Scott Key to negotiate the release of Dr. Beanes and allowed him to see "those rockets red glare".. the rest, as they say, is history.

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Earlier today I went to the Fort. My favorite place in Baltimore. I just love spending the day reading and having a picnic by the river. So, I was stunned to learn they have removed all the trash cans (there are two left by the visitor's center door). I was told that due to budget constraints the current manager (what ever the term is) felt they didn't have the money to have people retrieve trash from the cans. I wonder what they will do when folks start strewing trash under the tables and by the benches along the river. I worked for the Federal government for 27 years and I have done my fair share of cost/benefit analysis regarding programs. But, this has to be the most stupid short-sighted decision ever.
Hello! Just a quick reminder about tonight's happy hour in Mount Vernon. I'd love to buy a beer for a ranger or two if anyone is free to join us. And, of course, everyone is welcome whether you are a furloughed federal worker or not.
Oct. 7, 2018 the Air Force Thunderbirds enter their display for Air Show Baltimore over Ft. McHenry, with the fort's largest 15 star flag at half mast in honor of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.
Awesome time! Thank you Friends of Fort McHenry!
200th Anniversary!
Another photograph of one of my two favorite forts.