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.
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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.

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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Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
09/26/2020

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Happy National Public Lands Day! Your National Parks provide a great opportunity to get outside, stretch your legs, and appreciate some of the most important sites in the country. Be sure when you go out to enjoy the day at Fort McHenry, or any other park, to maintain social distancing and recreate responsibly!

#FindYourPark
#NationalPublicLandsDay
#RecreateResponsibly

Proud of this gesture from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine. “Often in the face of considerable oppositi...
09/19/2020

Proud of this gesture from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine.

“Often in the face of considerable opposition, her dedication to challenging discrimination and longstanding gender biases, and her frequent dissents used to support the concept of equality both exemplify the virtues of bravery and devotion to community that we celebrate every day at Fort McHenry. The flag over the fort today recognizes the passing of Justice Ginsburg, but her bravery and legacy will endure and continue to inspire as we reflect upon her encouragement to ‘fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.’ “


#WomensEquality
#WomensHistoryEveryDay
#BeyondThe19th
#FindYourPark

Here at Fort McHenry and across the National Park Service, the Star-Spangled Banner flies at half-mast to honor the service of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court. The custom of lowering the national ensign helps us all as a nation and community to recognize a shared loss. It encourages us to pause and acknowledge the work of our fellow Americans. It is fitting that Justice Ginsburg is recognized here at “the home of the brave.” Despite her quiet manner, she was a fierce advocate not only for gender equality but for equal rights for all as they are guaranteed by the 14th Amendment on the Constitution of the United States. Often in the face of considerable opposition, her dedication to challenging discrimination and longstanding gender biases, and her frequent dissents used to support the concept of equality both exemplify the virtues of bravery and devotion to community that we celebrate every day at Fort McHenry. The flag over the fort today recognizes the passing of Justice Ginsburg, but her bravery and legacy will endure and continue to inspire as we reflect upon her encouragement to “fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”


#WomensEquality
#WomensHistoryEveryDay
#BeyondThe19th
#FindYourPark

Images: Today's flag at half mast. NPS

How fun!! Keep that #virtualdefendersday fun going!
09/13/2020

How fun!! Keep that #virtualdefendersday fun going!

It was September 13, 1814, and the soldiers of Fort McHenry were basking in the rocket’s red glare while under siege from British ships in the Chesapeake Bay. As they settled in for what promised to be a long night, they were lucky that Major George Armistead has fully stocked the fort with giant American flags, as well as a fine supply of board games to pass the time. #findyourpark

09/13/2020
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

What an amazing way to commemorate #virtualdefendersday weekend! Ranger Angel’s story is moving and poignant. Bravo to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and US Army Military District of Washington.

Known as Baltimore's oldest holiday, Defenders' Day commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of our national anthem.
Join National Park Service Park Ranger Angel Garcia as he describes the defense of Fort McHenry and the inspiration behind the "Star-Spangled Banner."
Filmed onsite at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) join members of the National Park Service in a flag-raising ceremony, followed by a special performance by The United States Army Field Band Concert Band and Soldiers Chorus.

09/11/2020
Virtual Defenders' Day Parade

Traditions are important to us.. so when we realized that the Defenders' Day Parade wouldn't be able to happen this year.. we got busy! Please enjoy this kick off to Defenders' Day weekend, Baltimore's oldest holiday!

Enjoy programs all weekend on the Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine page!

Images by Tim Ervin
Drone footage by: Visit Baltimore

Today, we’re wishing the National Park Service a very happy 104th birthday! 🎂 We sincerely appreciate the work that they...
08/25/2020

Today, we’re wishing the National Park Service a very happy 104th birthday! 🎂 We sincerely appreciate the work that they do all across the country, especially at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine! 🎈#findyourpark #nationalpark #historicplaces

Please be advised: Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine is closed Tuesday, August 25 from 1pm until 11:59 pm...
08/25/2020

Please be advised: Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine is closed Tuesday, August 25 from 1pm until 11:59 pm, and on Wednesday, August 26 from 1pm until 11:59pm.

PARK CLOSURE ANNOUNCED FOR TUESDAY AUGUST 25 AND WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26

The National Park Service, in cooperation with local, state and federal law enforcement, public safety and transportation agencies, will implement a park closure as a security measure for a first amendment event.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will be closed on Tuesday, August 25 from 1pm until 11:59 pm, and on Wednesday, August 26 from 1pm until 11:59pm.

Closed areas include: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230, including Wallace Street and Nimitz Street immediately adjacent to the west and north of Fort McHenry (in total forty-two acres) stretching from the Patapsco River on the east to Nicholson Street on the west and stretching from the Baltimore Harbor on the north to the Patapsco River on the south. A copy of the record of decision is available upon request.

[photo by Tim Ervin]

For this year’s #worldphotoday, we wanted to share a beautiful shot that represents the intersection of living history a...
08/19/2020

For this year’s #worldphotoday, we wanted to share a beautiful shot that represents the intersection of living history and modern-day Baltimore that the Friends of Fort McHenry strive to embrace! This photograph was taken on Federal Hill during Defender's Day celebrations in 2013, which included the commemoration of a new 30x42ft replica of the Star-Spangled Banner that survived the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. Got a photo of the Fort that means a lot to you? Share it with us! 📷: Tim Ervin #starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #visitmaryland #militaryhistory #marylandhistory #findyourpark #nationalpark #historicplaces #starspangledbannertrail #discovercharmcity #bmorehistoric #visitbaltimore #federalhill #livinghistory

Thanks to our friends at The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House for sharing this exciting artifact! This year’s Defenders’ ...
08/19/2020

Thanks to our friends at The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House for sharing this exciting artifact! This year’s Defenders’ Day will new and different but exciting too! Be sure to be following along on the Friends and the Fort (Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine) for more details soon!

August 19, 1813, the 30'x42' Star-Spangled Banner and smaller 17'x25' storm flag for Fort McHenry are collected from Mary Pickersgill and she is given this receipt signed by Deputy Commissary James Calhoun, Jr.

The receipt is signed on Mary’s behalf by one of her nieces, Eliza Young. In October, Mary is finally compensated the $405.90 for the 30'x42' garrison flag and $168.54 for the smaller storm
Flag.

The receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner resides in the Flag House's permanent collection and is currently on view in our Family of Flagmakers exhibit.

Receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner
August, 19, 1813
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bibbins
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Collection, FH1938.12.1

What an amazing view!!
08/17/2020

What an amazing view!!

Ranger Betsy took this awesome photo of the afternoon's storm rolling in over Fort McHenry!

Take some time to unwind this #NationalRelaxationDay! Whether that means going for a walk in the park, taking a break fr...
08/15/2020

Take some time to unwind this #NationalRelaxationDay! Whether that means going for a walk in the park, taking a break from work, doing a little self-care, watching a movie with family, or playing a game with friends, we hope you enjoy it. 😊 #starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #visitmaryland #militaryhistory #marylandhistory #findyourpark #nationalpark #historicplaces #starspangledbannertrail #discovercharmcity #bmorehistoric #visitbaltimore #livinghistory

Thanks for the ❤️ Pride of Baltimore II!
08/11/2020

Thanks for the ❤️ Pride of Baltimore II!

#OnThisDay, August 11, 1939, Fort McHenry was redesignated as both a national monument & a historic shrine. Fort McHenry is the only such doubly designated place in the United States.

PRIDE II & Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine share a bond that spans generations. In April of 1815, CHASSEUR, "the pride of Baltimore," returned home from her final cruise of the war. As she sailed past Fort McHenry, she fired a cannon salute to the fort. We proudly continue that tradition of saluting the fort when we return home from voyages & we look forward to many more years of friendship between Fort McHenry & PRIDE OF BALTIMORE II.

Photo by Jeffrey G. Katz, March 2020.

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Update from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine— stay safe Friends!
08/03/2020

Update from Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine— stay safe Friends!

PARK CLOSURE -- Fort McHenry and its grounds will be closed on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 due to the potential impact of Hurricane Isaias.

#OnThisDay in 1779, Francis Scott Key was born in Frederick, Maryland. Aside from writing the poem that would one day be...
08/01/2020

#OnThisDay in 1779, Francis Scott Key was born in Frederick, Maryland. Aside from writing the poem that would one day become our national anthem, Key worked as a lawyer and as District Attorney for the District of Columbia. At the age of 63, the poet passed away at his daughter’s home in #Baltimore. His final resting place in Frederick is marked by a 24-foot monument, erected in 1898, commemorating the conception of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The song’s promise of a perseverant nation, rich with opportunity for all, is one that we continue to strive to fulfill as a country. 🇺🇸

Major General Samuel Smith is most known for commanding the Maryland Militia and the defenses of Baltimore during the Ba...
07/27/2020

Major General Samuel Smith is most known for commanding the Maryland Militia and the defenses of Baltimore during the Battle for the city in September of 1814. It is largely because of his preparation that the militia was victorious and the "flag was still there" as Francis Scott Key saw from the Baltimore Harbor. Smith also went on to serve in Congress and as mayor of Baltimore. If you are in or around Federal Hill today, stop by his statue in Federal Hill Park and say "Happy Birthday, General Sam Smith!" 🎂🇺🇸
#starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #visitmaryland #militaryhistory #marylandhistory #findyourpark #nationalpark #historicplaces #starspangledbannertrail #discovercharmcity #bmorehistoric #visitbaltimore

We are so excited to welcome back our Living History Youth Employment Program!
07/17/2020

We are so excited to welcome back our Living History Youth Employment Program!

Recent visitors to Fort McHenry may have spotted something special just outside and around the historic Star Fort - our Youth Living History program! This program, managed in partnership with the Friends of Fort McHenry, employs 12 local youth throughout the summer. Recreational visitors can catch a glimpse of the living history staff as they patrol the bastions or demonstrate 19th century cooking and laundry techniques.

There are no formal living history programs due to COVID-19 health concerns. Visitors are encouraged to follow CDC social distancing guidelines and watch the demonstrations for only a brief period. These activities are located just outside the historic Star Fort and take place Wednesday - Sunday.

Please note, the Fort's visitor center, Star Fort, and restrooms remained closed and there are no visitor services at this time. T he Fort's grounds and parking lot are open for recreational visitors, 9AM-5PM.

Fort McHenry Guard

Wishing you and yours a Happy 4th of July from Friends of Fort McHenry!
07/04/2020

Wishing you and yours a Happy 4th of July from Friends of Fort McHenry!

07/04/2020
Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Celebrate 4th of July with our favorite Living History Corps & Park Rangers at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site

We've taken our annual Fourth of July program and made it virtual! The video features our living history team and park rangers reading the Declaration of Independence at the Fort and at our sister park, Hampton National Historic Site.

An important #onthisday — thanks to our friends at Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail for sharing!
06/18/2020
War of 1812 (U.S. National Park Service)

An important #onthisday — thanks to our friends at Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail for sharing!

Thirty years after the American Revolution, the young nation faced more questions than answers. What did it mean to be an American? Could a government built on democracy survive?

06/15/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Happy FSK Bouy Day! Make sure to check out this cool video! Thanks U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic for capturing this!

Happy Flag Day!
06/14/2020

Happy Flag Day!

During the War of 1812, the people of Baltimore were certain that the British would attack the city. Everything was made ready at Fort McHenry to defend the city, but there was no suitable flag to fly over the fort. Major George Armistead, the commanding officer, desired “to have a flag so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance.” Mary Pickersgill, a well-known flagmaker in Baltimore worked relentlessly on two heavy, woolen flags, one of which was to be the largest garrison flag ever flown. It measured 30 feet high by 42 feet long. The other flag, called a “storm flag,” measured 17 feet by 25 feet. https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/the-great-garrison-flag.htm

Image: Replica of War of 1812 flag flying inside Maryland’s Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, seen from outside the fort.

#FlagDay

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Betsy Ross Flag, with its 13 stars and 13 stripes, by the Second Continental C...
06/14/2020

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the Betsy Ross Flag, with its 13 stars and 13 stripes, by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The flag represents our Nation, reflecting our triumphs and our failures.

This Flag Day, Friends of Fort McHenry examines our mission to engender the widest possible understanding and appreciation for both the birth place of the “Star-Spangled Banner” and the anthem itself. We recognize the enduring legacy of the anthem, our flag, and all of the emotions that link the two. More than that, we recognize the promise that lies within the symbolism of our flag and the words that Francis Scott Key penned that September night.

Let us all work towards forming a more perfect Union with equality for all, and continue to dream about what our great country can become, as Key did on that British Ship in Baltimore Harbor in 1814.

#starspangledbanner #warof1812 #baltimorehistory #ushistory #charmcity #baltimorecityoffirsts #mybaltimore #baltimore #visitmaryland #militaryhistory #marylandhistory #findyourpark #nationalpark #historicplaces #starspangledbannertrail #discovercharmcity #bmorehistoric #visitbaltimore #flaghistory #vexillology #community #locustpoint #federalhill #canton #15starflag

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo
06/09/2020

Friends of Fort McHenry's cover photo

UPDATED FROM Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine: Increased Recreational Access UpdateStarting June 8, Fort...
06/09/2020
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (U.S. National Park Service)

UPDATED FROM Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine:

Increased Recreational Access Update

Starting June 8, Fort McHenry NMHS has increased access to its grounds and parking lot for recreational visitors. Park gates open at 9am and close at 5pm.

The Star Fort, visitor center, and restrooms will remain closed. Fort McHenry will not conduct on-site public programs or provide visitor information and services.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Park rangers remain on duty and normal regulations still apply. As services are limited and closed to the public, the National Park Service urges visitors to:
· follow one-way directional signs to recreate along the sea wall trail;
· park only in designated areas;
· pack out everything you bring in;
· maintain 6 ft (2 m) social distance from others;
· stay on marked trails; and
· be prepared for no access the Fort’s visitor center and restrooms. With public health in mind, these facilities remain closed at this time.

We will to continue to provide updates regarding full operations on our website (www.nps.gov/fomc) and social media channels.

https://www.nps.gov/…/learn/news/june2020increasedaccess.htm

by the dawn's early light, a large red, white and blue banner? Whose broad stripes and bright stars . . . were so gallantly streaming! over the star-shaped Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, September 13-14, 1814. The valiant defense of the fort inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Sta...

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06/02/2020

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Did you know that half of the bird species that call Maryland home have been spotted at Fort McHenry?  We join the #Blac...
06/01/2020

Did you know that half of the bird species that call Maryland home have been spotted at Fort McHenry? We join the #BlackBirdersWeek movement on social media to support equity in STEM and black nature enthusiasts everywhere. We look forward to the reopening of the Fort so that all Baltimore nature lovers can once again safely enjoy its beautiful grounds and wildlife.
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Want to join fellow #BlackBirders on social media this week? Swipe for a calendar of virtual events, starting now!

#blackinnature #postabird #askablackbirder #birdingwhileblack #blackwomenwhobird #federalhill #locustpoint #canton #charmcity #discovercharmcity #findyourpark #nationalpark

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The Gould St Powerplant is set to be redeveloped or razed. In front of it is the small 1914 Memorial marking the location of Fort Babcock. Fort McHenry or another Baltimore Historical organization needs to obtain it so it can be replaced after the area is developed.
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.