Havre de Grace’s War of 1812 bicentennial planning group holds initial meeting


City will mark 200th anniversary of the British invasion next May

July 18, 2012

A Havre de Grace committee held its first meeting last week to begin planning for city’s commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial.

City Councilman Bill Martin, the panel’s chairman, began the meeting BY introducing a new logo designed by Elementary Design by Watson of Havre de Grace, with help from the Havre de Grace Office Tourism.

“This logo was produced with a tag line to outline our role in the War of 1812. These terms, Resolve, Resilience, Remembrance, outline chapters of our story,” Martin told the group, according to a news release from city government..

“We are excited to be able to display the logo design on letterhead, business cards, banners and flags to brand and build partnerships to tell our story and commemorate the War of 1812,” Brigitte Peters, the city’s manager of marketing and tourism, said.

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The committee will report to the mayor and city council with a schedule and events for the upcoming bicentennial celebration.

At Monday’s city council meeting, Martin mentioned the committee’s first meeting and said the planning effort is “off to a great start” and said it has “a lot of great folks” representing different organizations.

Martin said the committee is also looking for houses that existed during the War of 1812 and any families that have descendants from it.

“We are really getting the ball rolling on this,” he said.

Havre de Grace was invaded by a British naval raiding party on May 4, 1813. The British pillaged the town and burned many of its buildings.

Earlier this year, Mayor Wayne Dougherty, with the support of city council, appointed the temporary committee with the task of coordinating the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.

The committee consists of two members of the city council and one member from each of the following boards, commissions, museums or organizations: Havre de Grace Tourism Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Committee, Arts Commission, Lock House Museum, Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse, Decoy Museum, Maritime Museum, 4th of July Committee, Havre de Grace Main Street Inc., Skipjack Martha Lewis, Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace library, Harford County Office of Tourism, Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, city staff, the American Legion and the VFW.

The committee met last week to begin the planning efforts for the events for the commemoration of the War of 1812.

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