2014

Maryland Day Celebrations with The Maryland Historical Society and Pride of Baltimore II Governor O'Malley will present fifteen Star-Spangled grants during recreated Star-Spangled Banner Flag event at the State House

March 25, 2014

BALTIMORE, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is partnering with the ship Pride of Baltimore II to celebrate Maryland Day with special events in Baltimore and Annapolis on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

On Monday, March 24, Pride of Baltimore II will make a special voyage from Fort  McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore to the City Dock in Annapolis.

On board Pride of Baltimore II will be the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that over 1,000 Maryland Historical Society volunteers created in the summer of 2013 using authentic fabric and hand stitching techniques. The flag gained international media attention for The Maryland Historical Society and its partners in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the National Anthem.

Burt Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society, said that this March 25th has double importance. "Maryland sets aside March 25th every year to celebrate the founding of Maryland in 1634. This year, Maryland Day also points to the beginnings of Star-Spangled Banner events remembering the writing of our country's national anthem."

Following the voyage, beginning at 12:15 PM on Tuesday, March 25, Pride of Baltimore II and the Maryland Historical Society will join forces with several other partners commemorating Maryland's Star Spangled 200 events.

A procession featuring the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will take place from the Annapolis City Dock to the steps of the State House. At 12:30PM, the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will be unfurled for the first time at the State House, followed by a grant award ceremony presided by Governor Martin O'Malley. The recreated flag will then return to be hoisted on Pride of Baltimore II later that afternoon. The general public is welcome and invited to attend the ceremony. Free tours of Pride of Baltimore II will also be offered between 2 & 4:00 PM.

The Maryland Historical Society is partnering with the following organizations to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812; Pride of Baltimore II, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the General Assembly and the Statehouse Trust, the 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Star Spangled 200, Inc., the Ark and Dove Society, the Society of Colonial Wars and Historic Annapolis. The festivities will culminate in September, 2014 with a statewide "Star-Spangled Spectacular" celebration. 

For details about the recreated Star-Spangled Banner and Maryland Day events with The Maryland Historical Society, contact Marketing Director Laura Rodini at lrodini@mdhs.org or by phone: 410-685-3750 ext. 322.

About The Maryland Historical Society

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." Visit www.mdhs.org.

SOURCE The Maryland Historical Society



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