Commemorate the War of 1812 with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD on August 9 as it partners with the Maryland Historical Society and the Pride of Baltimore II for a Star-Spangled Celebration. The event features a variety of activities and family-friendly programs from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is free for CBMM members or with general museum admission.
On display will be the Maryland Historical Society’s replica Star-Spangled Banner that was created by stitchers from every state in the U.S., and by visitors from Hong Kong, Siberia, Peru, Sydney, and other locations during the Society’s 2013 Stitching History project. The flag resembles the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that flew over Fort McHenry when the British attacked Baltimore. It is being transported to CBMM aboard the tall ship Pride of Baltimore II, which will also be on site throughout the celebration and available for dockside boarding.
“The Star-Spangled Celebration promises to be an interesting event for all ages,” said CBMM’s Director of the Center for Chesapeake Studies Robert Forloney. “We are honored to partner with the Maryland Historical Society as well as the Pride of Baltimore II for this exciting set of presentations and hands-on workshops focusing on the War of 1812 and its impact on the people of Maryland.”
A War of 1812 reenactor will be on hand, with the program including stitching and weaving demonstrations and workshops, special exhibits about the Star-Spangled Banner, and guided tours of CBMM’s Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake exhibit. In addition, a rare 1813 newspaper will be on display that helps tell the tale of the British attack on St. Michaels.