QA War of 1812 committee receives state grant

My Eastern Shore, Maryland

Friday, April 12, 2013

By Jack Shaum

 

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ANNAPOLIS–The group that is handling the War of 1812 bicentennial observances in Queen Anne’s County is the recipient of a matching grant from the State of Maryland to help it continue its work.

Representatives of the Queen Anne’s County War of 1812 Committee were presented with a grant of just under $17,000 during a ceremony April 10 at the Maryland State House in Annapolis.

The grant is being matched on the local level, said Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin, chairperson of the committee.

The presentation was made by Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Dominick Murray, Secretary of the Department of Business and Economic Development. Taking part in the ceremony were Goodwin, Linda Kohler, Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Partnerships, and Pat Bowell and Nancy Scozzari, members of the local committee.

The Queen Anne’s committee was one of 22 nonprofit and government organizations across the state which together are investing more than $4.7 million in bicentennial projects, state officials said. That includes supporting programming, education, visitor experience, capital improvements, and tourist-related work.

“The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner are important chapters in our history as a state and nation,” Miller said. “I want to thank the grant recipient organizations for their commitment to telling this story and the important contributions of our Star-Spangled state.”

The presentation came just a few days after the unveiling of the first of 15 War of 1812 signs in Queen Anne’s County being planned by the local committee. The first one, located in Queenstown, commemorates the British hijacking of the Queenstown Packet in 1813.

“We are delighted to be awarded a Star-Spangled 200 grant today. Our new War of 1812 Memorial Park, honoring all our 1812 veterans, and our 15 signs on our part of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, will engage all Marylanders in the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration,” Goodwin said.

She said she hopes people will learn of the “enormous contributions” to the war by residents of Queen Anne’s County.

The county’s War of 1812 Memorial Park will be located on the corner of Route 18 and Nesbit Road and will feature a kiosk with a painting and the names of all the men from Queen Anne’s County who fought in the war.

Information on the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812 is available by logging onto www.StarSpangled200.com/ChesapeakeCampaign

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