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.

$15 in honor of the original 15-stars of the Star-Spangled Banner is all it takes to become a STAR FOR THE FORT. Join us...
11/26/2019

$15 in honor of the original 15-stars of the Star-Spangled Banner is all it takes to become a STAR FOR THE FORT. Join us in our Giving Tuesday initiative and see what a difference your donation can make! December 3rd may be a week a way, but you can donate TODAY-->http://bit.ly/2DdSegb

Help us connect with new donors and members by encouraging them to donation and/or join the Friends of Fort McHenry Community.

#15starflag #beastarforthefort #starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #givingtuesday #givingtuesdaymilitary

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo
11/24/2019

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo

DID YOU KNOW: Mary Young Pickersgill was the young flag maker tasked with creating the garrison flag now known as the "S...
11/22/2019

DID YOU KNOW: Mary Young Pickersgill was the young flag maker tasked with creating the garrison flag now known as the "Star-Spangled Banner". In 1813, as the city of Baltimore prepared for attack, Major George Armistead wanted a flag “so large that the British will have no difficulty seeing it from a distance.” Commodore Joshua Barney recommended Mary Pickersgill as the ideal seamstress to create such a distinguished symbol. She hired help from her daughter, two nieces, two free women of color, seamstresses of her community in Baltimore, and likely her elderly mother. Working late into the night, this team of women was able to complete the order in a short six weeks. #womeninhistory #15starflag #beastarforthefort #starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #givingtuesday #givingtuesdaymilitary

Mark your calendars! #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, December 3rd.... less than 15 days away! This year we are asking you ...
11/22/2019

Mark your calendars! #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, December 3rd.... less than 15 days away! This year we are asking you to #beastarforthefort. Save the date and stay tuned for more info!

10/31/2019

Live action, education and interaction for the fourth grade students from Beltsville!

Ranger Tim from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine performs a well-know tune as the kids roll up the flag after the talk!

www.everykidoutdoors.gov

Fourth Grade Students from Beltsville getting a Flag Talk from Museum Educator Chris!
10/31/2019

Fourth Grade Students from Beltsville getting a Flag Talk from Museum Educator Chris!

It IS great to be a fourth grader!!! Check it out and share with your teachers and students!
10/26/2019
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

It IS great to be a fourth grader!!!

Check it out and share with your teachers and students!

It's good to be a fourth grader! We're excited to share that the U.S. Department of the Interior and Maryland State Parks have partnered for a fifth year to offer free admission to fourth-grade children and their families who have an 'Every Kid Outdoors' fourth grade pass! The passes are accepted at national public lands, including National Park Service sites, and Maryland state parks. Plus, they cover admission for the fourth grader and three adults!

The passes are free and available to all U.S. fourth graders, including home-schooled and free-choice learners, and are valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September - August). Visit www.everykidoutdoors.gov to get started. It's fun and free!

#FindYourPark #EveryKidOutdoors #MDStateParks

Honored to run into Honor Flight Arizona visiting Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. The weather preclude...
10/20/2019

Honored to run into Honor Flight Arizona visiting Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. The weather precluded them from seeing a flag talk outside so volunteers Bill and Joanne gave them the talk inside the Education Room of the Visitor Center.

Fee Free Day @ your National Parks on Saturday, 9/28. Come out to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and t...
09/27/2019

Fee Free Day @ your National Parks on Saturday, 9/28.

Come out to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and enjoy the beautiful park in Locust Point, Baltimore. Visit Baltimore

#FindYourPark #nationalpubliclandsday

Held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, #NationalPublicLandsDay is the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. This year, National Public Lands Day falls on September 28, 2019!

There are many ways to participate:

🌳 Visit a national park for FREE.

🌳 Take part in a volunteer work project.

🌳 Have fun and enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors!

See the list of National Public Lands Day events or check out all volunteer events at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/public-lands-day.htm

#FindYourPark #NPLD

We're still smiling about the wonderful Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception! It was our honor to honor Congressman John ...
09/26/2019

We're still smiling about the wonderful Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception! It was our honor to honor Congressman John Sarbanes with the Francis Scott Key Award. Thanks again to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine! It was truly a wonderful evening with great weather, delicious food and friends!
#tbt #mydefendersday

Thank you to Atlantic Caterers, Heavy Seas, Select Event Group , Atlantic Wines and Key Brewing Co.  for helping us thro...
09/21/2019

Thank you to Atlantic Caterers, Heavy Seas, Select Event Group , Atlantic Wines and Key Brewing Co. for helping us throw an awesome party last weekend! The Star-Spangled Banner Reception was a great success and large part to these wonderful business. We are so appreciative of your support.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?? Help celebrate the Pride’s return to Baltimore at Bond Street Social!
09/20/2019

Looking for something fun to do this weekend?? Help celebrate the Pride’s return to Baltimore at Bond Street Social!

Eat, drink, socialize with PRIDE!

Join us this Saturday, September 21, for Pints with Pride at Bond Street Social! Specials include $4 beers & $5 glasses of wine. 10% of the proceeds from sales in the private room will be donated to Pride of Baltimore.

Bond Street Social Visit Baltimore Fell's Point Main Street
#AllWoodAllGood

Our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception was a great success and it is hugely in part to these amazing sponsors of both o...
09/18/2019

Our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception was a great success and it is hugely in part to these amazing sponsors of both our event and The Friends of Fort McHenry. Thank you for your support!

It was our honor to present Congressman John Sarbanes with the Francis Scott Key Award at our Star-Spangled Spectacular ...
09/17/2019

It was our honor to present Congressman John Sarbanes with the Francis Scott Key Award at our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception on Defenders' Day Weekend 2019. Through his leadership and advocacy for Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine , he helped champion the building of the state-of-the-art Visitor and Education Center and education initiatives that have enabled thousands of students to visit the Birthplace of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Thank you again for all you have done and continue to do for Fort McHenry, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail , Friends of Fort McHenry and Living Classrooms Foundation

And just like that.. another Defenders' Day is in the books! Thank you so much to all of our partners and sponsors who h...
09/16/2019

And just like that.. another Defenders' Day is in the books! Thank you so much to all of our partners and sponsors who helped make our Star-Spangled Spectacular possible. Thank you to our members and friends who help support our initiatives at Fort McHenry. Finally, THANK YOU to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine helping us honor Congressman John Sarbanes with the Key Award. It was an absolutely stunning evening and we can't wait to do it again next year.

09/15/2019
Waiting Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine to see the warthogs flyover en route to the @ravens game. Watch...
09/15/2019

Waiting Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine to see the warthogs flyover en route to the @ravens game. Watch live in a minute!

Thank you to everyone who celebrated #mydefendersday with us! Sponsors, members and friends— today was made great beca...
09/15/2019

Thank you to everyone who celebrated #mydefendersday with us! Sponsors, members and friends— today was made great because of you. 🎇 ⭐️ 🇺🇸

#ohsaycanyousee #starspangledspectacular #portsamericachesapeake #societyofthewarof1812 #rukertterminals

09/13/2019
Fort McHenry Summer Youth Employment Program

Summer may be coming to a close, but you can still catch our Living History friends tomorrow at Defenders' Day Weekend Festivities! Here is a clip highlighting this great program supported by the Friends of Fort McHenry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODf3tIwm09Y

Friends of Fort McHenry, a program of Living Classrooms Foundation in Baltimore, employs youth each summer as Living History Participants - providing valuabl...

Grab a chair, flag and all your best Defenders' Day gear to cheer on the Defenders' Day Parade starting at 7 pm at the f...
09/13/2019

Grab a chair, flag and all your best Defenders' Day gear to cheer on the Defenders' Day Parade starting at 7 pm at the foot of Hull Street. From Hull to Fort and Fort Ave to the entrance of Fort McHenry --help us celebrate the beginning of Defenders' Day weekend!

See you soon!

🥁DRUM ROLL 🥁Tickets are still available until midnight tonight for our Star-Spangled Spectacular! Join us as we en...
09/13/2019

🥁DRUM ROLL 🥁Tickets are still available until midnight tonight for our Star-Spangled Spectacular! Join us as we enjoy the Defenders' Day Public Show from under the big tent and help us honor Congressman John Sarbanes with the Key Award for his dedication and passionate support of Fort McHenry & the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

Purchase your ticket here---> http://ow.ly/esbD50w73yj

1 more day until Defenders' Day Weekend! The parade through Locust Point starts at 7pm tomorrow and there is still ticke...
09/12/2019

1 more day until Defenders' Day Weekend! The parade through Locust Point starts at 7pm tomorrow and there is still ticket availability at our Star-Spangled Reception Saturday evening starting at 5:30pm.

We can't wait to celebrate Baltimore's oldest holiday with you.
#mydefendersday #starspangledspectacular

We've all heard of Betsy Ross, but did you know that the large garrison flag that flew at Fort McHenry during the Battle...
09/11/2019

We've all heard of Betsy Ross, but did you know that the large garrison flag that flew at Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore was made by Baltimore native, Mary Young Pickersgill? As we honor our flag today, we are thankful for the women of our Living History program who help visitors today witness what life was like when Mary lived in Baltimore during the 1800. Support Living History at our Star Spangled Banner Reception (Saturday Sept. 14 at 5:30-- LINK IN BIO) or join us all weekend during the Defenders' Day celebration, September 13-15. More information in our bio!

As we honor those who gave their lives on September 11th, 2001, we think back to September 11th, 2014 when National Park...
09/11/2019

As we honor those who gave their lives on September 11th, 2001, we think back to September 11th, 2014 when National Park Service Staff, Atholton High School JROTC and the Baltimore Fire Honor Guard unfurled The National 9/11 Flag at Fort McHenry. The flag was on loan from National September 11 Memorial & Museum

#neverforget

3 Days until Defenders' Day weekend and we are honored to highlight our Key Award Recipient for this year, Congressman J...
09/10/2019

3 Days until Defenders' Day weekend and we are honored to highlight our Key Award Recipient for this year, Congressman John Sarbanes !
Friends of Fort McHenry is honored to celebrate the Congressman's dedication and passionate support of Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail .

Photo Credit: Mike Land

#mydefendersday

Did you know: Fort McHenry became a military prison during the Civil War. Over 7,000 Confederate Soldiers were imprisone...
09/10/2019

Did you know: Fort McHenry became a military prison during the Civil War. Over 7,000 Confederate Soldiers were imprisoned at the Fort as well as members of the Maryland Legislature! Learn more about this interesting time the Fort's history at Defenders' Day 2019! September 13-15. Find out all the ways to take in the sights and sounds of history at http://www.friendsoffortmchenry.org/upcoming-events.html

Our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception is made possible by our sponsors Select Event Group! This sponsorship allows us ...
09/09/2019

Our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception is made possible by our sponsors Select Event Group! This sponsorship allows us to celebrate Defenders' Day in style-- Are YOU joining us? Friends of Fort McHenry throws a great reception commemorating Baltimore's oldest holiday. Programs run by the National Park Service are happening all weekend at Fort McHenry. There is truly something for everyone! Tickets for the reception are available here---> http://ow.ly/jZuo50w3jqf

With 5 days to go to Defenders' Day: we want to thank our  neighbors at Domino Sugar for all their support. #mydefenders...
09/08/2019

With 5 days to go to Defenders' Day: we want to thank our neighbors at Domino Sugar for all their support. #mydefendersday

What are your favorite images from Defenders' Day?  Join us all week as we share some of our favorite moments from years...
09/07/2019

What are your favorite images from Defenders' Day? Join us all week as we share some of our favorite moments from years past! Tag your favorites #mydefendersday

It's because of businesses like Ports America Chesapeake & Propeller Club of Baltimore that the Friends are able to help...
09/07/2019

It's because of businesses like Ports America Chesapeake & Propeller Club of Baltimore that the Friends are able to help with some of the Defenders' Day experiences, especially the FIREWORKS! The Port of Baltimore has been a huge part of our Nation's history and we are honored have the support of companies like these that help preserve history and steward the Port of Baltimore! Celebrate Baltimore with us at the Star-Spangled Spectacular on September 14th starting at 5:30PM
More info here---> www.friendsoffortmchenry.org/upcoming-events
#portsamericachesapeake #mybmore

7 days to go to Defenders' Day Weekend.  Next Friday, join the Fort McHenry Guard and other living historians, along wit...
09/06/2019

7 days to go to Defenders' Day Weekend. Next Friday, join the Fort McHenry Guard and other living historians, along with a contingent of National Park Service Rangers for the Defenders' Day Parade! Beginning at the foot of Hull St at 7PM, this group will parade a replica of the giant “Star-Spangled Banner” flag from Hull Street to Fort Avenue and then on to Fort McHenry. Wave a flag and cheer them on from the streets of Locust Point! Making stops near Hull St. Blues and Latrobe Park. #mydefendersday #findyourpark #Fridaythe13th

Fort McHenry became known as U.S. Army General Hospital No. 2 in 1917 and served as a 3,000 bed receiving hospital until...
09/05/2019

Fort McHenry became known as U.S. Army General Hospital No. 2 in 1917 and served as a 3,000 bed receiving hospital until 1923 when the last patients were released. During this period in the Fort's history, more than 20,000 wounded and sick soldiers would pass through on their way back to duty or civilian life. Great advances in neurosurgery, plastic surgery as well as occupational therapy took place at the hospital. Learn More about this exciting time in Fort McHenry's past at Defenders' Day Weekend-- September 13th-15th. #mydefendersday #findyourpark #WW1 #baltimorehistory #discovercharmcity #bmorehistoric #charmcity

🍭🍬It's nice to have SWEET friends🍬🍭 Big shout out to Domino Sugar Baltimore for their support of the Friends...
09/04/2019

🍭🍬It's nice to have SWEET friends🍬🍭 Big shout out to Domino Sugar Baltimore for their support of the Friends of Fort McHenry, especially for our upcoming Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception celebrating Defenders' Day weekend (Saturday September 14th).

Don't miss out on celebrating Baltimore's oldest holiday with the Friends of Fort McHenry at our Star-Spangled Spectacul...
09/03/2019

Don't miss out on celebrating Baltimore's oldest holiday with the Friends of Fort McHenry at our Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception for Defenders' Day. Saturday September 14th starting at 5:30pm, enjoy from fare from Atlantic Catering and beverages from Heavy Seas & Key Brewing. Witness the free evening public show produced by the National Park Service honoring all three eras of the Fort's History (War of 1812, Civil War & WWI).

Did I mention the Friends have a great view of the Fireworks? The Friends are excited to be honoring Congressman John Sarbanes with the Key Award both under the tent & on the public stage. Click below for more info and to purchase tickets or tables!

https://www.facebook.com/events/830980730636221/

Mark your calendars: Defenders Day 2019 is September 13-15 at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Join us ...
08/31/2019

Mark your calendars: Defenders Day 2019 is September 13-15 at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. Join us as we celebrate one of Baltimore's oldest holiday commemorating the successful defense of Fort McHenry against the British invasion in the War of 1812. Events start Friday with a Parade through Locust Point and continue all day Saturday and Sunday. For more info Click Below. Check out more info and how to celebrate with the Friends below!

http://ow.ly/h7vz50vQor0

On September 12, 1814, British troops, headed to attack the city of Baltimore, clashed with American forces at North Poi...
08/30/2019

On September 12, 1814, British troops, headed to attack the city of Baltimore, clashed with American forces at North Point. After several hours of skirmishing, American troops fell back and the British were left with large numbers of wounded and casualties. The Battle of North Point delayed the British advancement into Baltimore and allowed for the city's defenders', including those at Fort McHenry, to better prepare for the inevitable British attack that took place on September 13th.

As we gear up for our own Defenders’ Day events, we are excited to commemorate the 205th anniversary of the Battle of North Point at Fort Howard Park on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Partners from all along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, including our own Living History participants from @fortmchenrynps will be on-site providing demonstrations, talks and more!

Admission and parking are free! This event is sponsored by the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum, Inc.

Friends of Fort McHenry is excited to wish the National Park Service a happy 103 years! Friends of For McHenry is honore...
08/25/2019

Friends of Fort McHenry is excited to wish the National Park Service a happy 103 years! Friends of For McHenry is honored to steward education, youth employment, and visitor experiences as well as preserving the enduring legacy and promise of "The Star-Spangled Banner", our national anthem.

Celebrate in the park with a fee-free day!

#FixOurParks #RestoreOurParks #HappyAnniversary

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