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.

Operating as usual

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Friends! 📸 Frederick Bound
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Friends!
📸 Frederick Bound

We ♥️ this memory!
02/11/2021

We ♥️ this memory!

Seven years ago, on February 11, 2014, the Flag House opened Family of Flag Makers the Women Crafted the Star-Spangled Banner as Baltimore looked ahead to September and the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations. Funded by Star-Spangled Banner 200, researched and implemented by an incredible team, Family of Flag Makers is the museum's first exhibit solely about Mary Pickersgill's life and crafting the Star-Spangled Banner.

Celebrating socially distanced and thinking of our friends and colleagues at Adler Display, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine, Charles Mack Designs, Art at Large Inc., and Maryland Art Conservation.

02/08/2021
National Association of the Deaf - NAD

The National Anthem performance is always one of our favorite parts of the Super Bowl (who has seen the exhibit at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine about it? 🙋‍♀️)

While Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan did a great job last night, we though the MVP was truly WAWA's World.

Enjoy this emotional performance!

At the Super Bowl LV, WAWA's World performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language (ASL) -- what an incredible performance!

[Screen recording taken from camera feed provided by CBS Sports.]

TRANSCRIPT:
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Did you know that Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine has an acting superintendent? Check out this great "T...
02/08/2021

Did you know that Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine has an acting superintendent?

Check out this great "Through the Eyes of a Ranger" where we get to know a little more about Aaron LaRocca, current acting superintendent of Fort McHenry! Friends are excited to continue to work with Aaron over his tenure.

#FortMcHenryNationalMonumentAndHistoricShrine
#HamptonNationalHistoricSite #ThroughTheEyesOfARanger

"Through the Eyes of a Ranger” Post 8
*Starting today, Ranger Emily has asked her ranger friends to write posts for this series! She wants you to get a chance to know all of the talented rangers from all of the different divisions and jobs within our 2 parks! Stay tuned for new “insider views” each Sunday!
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Not really “through my eyes,” but through the lens of multiple cell phone cameras with a few selfies thrown in!

Aaron LaRocca here...

Right now, I’m lucky enough to be serving as the acting Superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Hampton National Historic Site and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. When I began my time in Baltimore a few weeks ago, I started to think back on how my stewardship responsibilities have led me to life altering experiences, none of which would have been possible without working as a park ranger.

One of these experiences was on January 20, 2021; the first time I heard the National Anthem as an employee of Fort McHenry. I never thought Lady Gaga would give me the chills, but it happened. Safe to say, the National Anthem will never sound the same.

Picture 1 and 2
1. Selfie from the ramparts of Fort McHenry taken on January 20th. The bridge in the background is the approximate location of the British Fleet during the bombardment of the fort in 1814, the inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner.
2. Entrance sign at Fort McHenry with a Star-Spangled Banner flying. For whatever reason, it always seems to be windy at the fort.

When I’m not on this detail, I work for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/index.htm). I’ve worked as a park ranger there for 15 years. In truth, even though my title has changed, I often introduce myself as a park ranger. On the parkway, I work with a great team on projects that preserve and rehabilitate memorials and monuments that you might recognize.

In winter of 2020, the park completed a rehabilitation of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Made possible by a generous donation, the rehabilitation included cleaning and waxing the entire memorial — requiring extensive scaffolding— two new inscriptions on the memorial base and infrastructure improvements. As part of the project we also developed new educational materials including two videos.

Picture 3 and 4
3. Sun shines through the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial after the completion of a rehabilitation project.
4. Eye to eye with the Memorial which is dedicated to all the members of the Corps who made the ultimate sacrifice.

I was also part of the Arlington Memorial Bridge rehabilitation team. Another monument located along the parkway in Washington D.C., that honors the sacrifices and valor of our nation’s military personnel. This project was one of the largest transportation projects in National Park Service history.

Picture 5, 6 and 7
5 and 6. Walking around inside Arlington Memorial Bridge which once was the largest, heaviest, fastest opening drawn span in the world. In these pictures you see the subsurface steel and mechanics needed to open the bridge.
7. Picture of the fully rehabilitated bridge taken from the roof of the Lincoln Memorial.

One of my favorite places along the parkway because of my personal emotional connection and the view, is the Netherlands Carillon. In October of 2019, the National Park Service announced a partner project to rehabilitate and upgrade the Carillon. The NPS is working to address the structure while the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is using this opportunity to upgrade the musical instrument. This project, like the Carillon itself, symbolizes a friendship between the people of the two countries, a friendship rooted in a common allegiance to the principles of freedom, justice, and democracy.

Picture 8 and 9
8. Removing one of the 50 existing bells that traveled to the Netherlands to be refurbished and tuned. Made possible by the Embassy and other committed partners, the Carillon will have 53 bells elevating the status to grand Carillon, which allows for a wider range of musical options.
9. Standing on the top platform of the Carillon overlooking personal, professional and nationally significant places.

Thank you for allowing me to share some of these moments. National Park Service staff work hard to preserve memorials, monuments, and other treasures entrusted to us by the American people. Our most treasured resource are the people of the service. I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with great project teams and park staff who are committed to the conservation and stewardship responsibilities of the NPS.

Photos: NPS
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Thanks to Park Ranger Tim for this awesome snowy shot of @fortmchenrynps this am . The grounds are open today, but if yo...
02/03/2021

Thanks to Park Ranger Tim for this awesome snowy shot of @fortmchenrynps this am . The grounds are open today, but if you stop by please make sure to keep an eye out for ice and snow!


#visitbaltimore #locustpoint #snowyfort #warof1812 #nationalpark #nationalparkstraveler #snowynature

🚨 NEW SERIES 🚨
02/01/2021

🚨 NEW SERIES 🚨

100 years ago...

Lucian Bottow Watkins.

Watkins served with the segregated 10th Cavalry Regiment (the original Buffalo soldiers) during the Philippine-American war and was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Medical corps for 18 years. He contracted a “wasting” disease during his service and was admitted to the Fort McHenry Public Health Services hospital in 1920. Throughout his life he was a “Soldier-Poet”, published in books and newspapers all over the country, and one of the first contributors to W.E.B. Du Bois’s “The Crisis”. The Evening Sun published several of his poems over the years and on January 31, 1921 they printed “Loved and Lost”. Lucian B. Watkins passed away the very next day, on February 1, 1921.

“My summer bloomed, for winters frost; Alas, I’ve lived and loved and lost!”

Photo 1 Caption/Credit: Lucian B. Watkins 1878-1921, The Academy of American Poets

Photo 2 Caption/Credit: An obituary written for Baltimoreans who had been used to seeing Watkins poems published in The Evening Sun. The Evening Sun, Baltimore Feb 4, 1921

Photo 3 Caption/Credit: “What we are fighting for”, poem by Watkins at the outbreak of World War 1. The Manhattan Republic, Kansas Mar 7, 1918

#Blackhistorymonth, #Lucianbwatkins , #Poetry, #Fortmchenry,

Another day of snow means Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine is closed again! We will see you soon!
02/01/2021
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (U.S. National Park Service)

Another day of snow means Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine is closed again! We will see you soon!

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

Perfect activity for after you go play in the snow tomorrow ❄️ ❄️ ❄️
01/30/2021

Perfect activity for after you go play in the snow tomorrow ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

Tomorrow we start our VIRTUAL RANGER PROGRAMS!!!
We kick it off with HARRIET TUBMAN tomorrow at 2pm!!!

Join us on Saturdays, February through April, for a series of virtual family programs that highlight African American and women’s history stories at both Hampton National Historic Site and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. They are divided into "themed virtual programs" and "ask a ranger" programs below.
*Special Note: Harriet Tubman presentation is on a Sunday

Information and links for all of our Virtual Ranger Programs webpage- https://www.nps.gov/hamp/planyourvisit/virtual-ranger-programs.htm

Themed Virtual Programs:
January 31, 2:00pm EST- Harriet Tubman Presentation
February 6, 2:00pm EST- Freedom Seekers- Virtual Ranger Program
February 20, 2:00pm EST- After 1864: What Happened Next- Virtual Ranger Program
March 6, 2:00pm EST- Women at Hampton: Scientific Methods- Virtual Ranger Program
March 20, 2:00pm EST- Women at Fort McHenry- Virtual Ranger Program

Ask a Ranger Programs:
February 13, 2:00pm EST- Ask a Ranger, Topic: Freedom Seekers
February 27, 2:00pm EST- Ask a Ranger, Topic: After 1864: What Happened Next

Photos: NPS
Photo 1 Caption: Ranger giving virtual program
Photo 2 Caption: Harriet Tubman presentation #HamptonNationalHistoricSite #fortmchenrynationalmonumentandhistoricshrine #blackhistorymonth #harriettubman

Happy #puzzleday from our friends at Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail!
01/29/2021

Happy #puzzleday from our friends at Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail!

It's #NationalPuzzleDay! If you are looking to learn a little history while also exercising your brain, check out the puzzles in the Trail's #JuniorRanger booklet!

While the program is aimed for ages 6-12, people of all ages can participate!

Download the booklet here:
https://www.nps.gov/stsp/learn/kidsyouth/upload/STSP-Junior-Ranger-508-compliant.pdf

[image: four puzzles from the Trail Junior Ranger booklet]

It’s that time again! Don’t miss trivia Tuesday!
01/28/2021

It’s that time again! Don’t miss trivia Tuesday!

Happy Trivia Thursday! Test your Fort McHenry and Baltimore knowledge!

Did you know that Fort McHenry had another name? What was it called before becoming Fort McHenry?

During the American Revolution a small earthen star fort, known as Fort ------- was constructed at the end of the peninsula that led to the entrance of the Baltimore harbor. Although this fort was never attacked during the American Revolution, military experts saw the importance of coastal defenses around the young United States’ third largest city and one of its vital ports. In 1798 construction began to expand upon Fort ---------- with brick and stone masonry to create a new, more permanent, structure. The new fort was dubbed Fort McHenry.

Hint: The answer can be found on our website: https://www.nps.gov/fomc/

Photo Caption: Aerial view of the star fort of Fort McHenry
Photo: NPS
#fortmchenrynationalmonumentandhistoricshrine #TriviaThursday

We are LOVING this new series! How fun— make sure to turn your notifications on for Fort McHenry National Monument & His...
01/25/2021

We are LOVING this new series! How fun— make sure to turn your notifications on for Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine so you don’t miss these every Monday... while your at it— turn them on for Friends too! 😉

Introducing a NEW series!! Every Monday we will post headlines, photos and stories about the hospital, and those veterans that found solace within its wards. Tune in for more!

100 years ago, this week....

After the end of World War 1 Army General Hospital No. 2 at Fort McHenry was re-designated a Public Health Service Hospital. While still tending to injured doughboys, Fort McHenry began admitting veterans of past wars and was witness to the beginning of a National effort of care, for all our men and women in uniform. The Veterans Bureau was finally established in the summer of 1921, thanks to public support and local newspaper headlines like the two we have shared.

Photo Credits and Captions: The Evening Sun, Baltimore, January 24, 1921, and January 30, 1921
#Veterans, #Fortmchenry #FortMcHenryNationalMonumentAndHistoricShrine

Flex your Fort knowledge!
01/21/2021

Flex your Fort knowledge!

Happy Trivia Thursday! Test your Fort McHenry and Baltimore knowledge!

We had an interesting sighting in the waters off of the fort this morning! It gave us a great idea for a trivia question!!

Although Fort McHenry was already part of the National Park Service, it was called back into service during World War II. Do you know what branch of the military used it and what importance it served during the war?
Hint: The answer can be found on our website: https://www.nps.gov/fomc/learn/historyculture/people-of-other-eras.htm

Photo Caption: Large ship in waterway outside of fort. Walker and dog in foreground.
Photo: NPS
#fortmchenrynationalmonumentandhistoricshrine #TriviaThursday

We just couldn’t resist 😂😂
01/21/2021

We just couldn’t resist 😂😂

Friends of Fort McHenry wants to congratulate Mayor Brandon M. Scott on his swearing in this week. The Friends are excit...
12/10/2020
Brandon Scott sworn in as Baltimore's 52nd mayor

Friends of Fort McHenry wants to congratulate Mayor Brandon M. Scott on his swearing in this week. The Friends are excited to invite you to Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine when the time is right and look forward to work with you over your tenure!

Advertisement Advertisement Politics Brandon Scott sworn in as Baltimore's 52nd mayor Dec 08, 2020 at 1:40 PM Next Gallery PHOTOS Baltimore City begins counting provisional ballots | PHOTOS Advertisement Politics Politics Gov. Hogan speaks about coronavirus increase | PHOTOS Governor Larry Hogan hol...

We are sad to hear of the passing of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes. We are thankful for all of the advocacy and repres...
12/07/2020

We are sad to hear of the passing of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes. We are thankful for all of the advocacy and representation he supported for important assets of Maryland and the National Park Service.

The staff and volunteers of Fort McHenry are saddened by the passing of former Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland. A longtime supporter of the National Park Service and efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, Senator Sarbanes’ contributions to conservation, education, and the historical preservation in Maryland will long be remembered.

As a gesture of appreciation for his efforts to provide visitors with new facilities and exhibits, Senator Sarbanes was made an honorary Park Ranger on March 3, 2011 during the grand opening of our Visitor and Education Center.

Photo credit: NPS
Photo caption: Sen. Paul Sarbanes wearing a NPS ranger hat during the dedication of Fort McHenry's new Visitor and Education Center.

Loving Trivia Thursday Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine!! Do you know the answer? If not— do a little pe...
12/03/2020

Loving Trivia Thursday Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine!! Do you know the answer? If not— do a little perusing of the Fort McHenry website and find the answer!

Happy Trivia Thursday!!

Test your knowledge about Fort McHenry! Write your answers in the comment section below!
(Hint: The answer can be found in information on our official website- www.nps.gov/fomc)

Did you know....that the valiant defense of the fort during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814 inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words that became the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner"?

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson ordered its use at all military occasions. The anthem also made its debut in the world of sports! Do you know what year this happened and during what event?

Post: Ranger Emily
Photo: NPS
Photo Caption: Small photo of music sheet of Star Spangled Banner
#fortmchenrynationalmonumentandhistoricshrine
#triviathursday

Help Friends of Fort McHenry #keephistoryalive during this #givingtuesday!❓What is your favorite way to enjoy Fort McHen...
12/02/2020

Help Friends of Fort McHenry #keephistoryalive during this #givingtuesday!

❓What is your favorite way to enjoy Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine ❓

Our favorite way to experience the Fort is through the eyes of young people as they encounter history with our Living History Youth Employment Program. This summer marked out 8th season employing 15 youths. Through our partnership with the National Park Service and Living Classrooms Foundation , they receive interpretive training as well as mentorship and communication and public speaking skills.

🎁Your gift this #givingtuesday will help support this program and others as we continue to support Fort McHenry.

🎁LINK TO GIVE --> https://bit.ly/36ruUuJ

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Happy Camper today - and a big Thank You to the buyer from Lexington, KY who just purchased a "patriotic" face mask imprinted with one of my Fort McHenry photographs.
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!
Another photograph of one of my two favorite forts.