Gov. Martin O’Malley presented on Tuesday $765,000 in matching grants to fourteen Maryland nonprofit and government entities in support of fifteen War of 1812 bicentennial projects.
“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 as a nation,” said Gov. O’Malley. “I want to thank the grant recipient organizations for their commitment to telling this story and using these funds to invest in community revitalization, tourism development and job growth in Maryland.”
The grants, supplemented by more than $2.5 million in matching funds, will support capital improvement, visitor experience, programming and education projects that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the State.
“From the kick off to this year’s Chesapeake Campaign in St. Mary’s County to the Bicentennial Living American Flag with 6,700 school children at the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, these grants will bring the bicentennial to life in 2014,” said Bill Pencek, executive director, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
The Star-Spangled 200 (SS200) Grant Program stimulates investment in the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 for maximum benefit to Marylanders. The Grant Program will operate for the three-year commemoration and is funded through corporate sponsorships, state appropriations and Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin surcharge proceeds. There are a total of six grant application rounds during the three-year commemoration. The sixth and final round is currently open and will close on May 1, 2014. Eligible organizations can learn more at www.StarSpangled200.org.
Today’s grant event was a highlight of Maryland Day special activities organized by the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore and Annapolis. Maryland Day commemorates March 25, 1643. On that day settlers disembarked from two small sailing ships – the Ark and the Dove on Maryland soil.
Star-Spangled 200 commemorates the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812. Star-Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay launched the multi-year commemoration in June 2012. Sailabration included a maritime festival with 45 vessels from a dozen nations and an airshow featuring the Blue Angels, and drew more than 1.5 million visitors. Star-Spangled 200 continued Spring 2013 through Summer 2014 with the Chesapeake Campaign, a series of more than a dozen festivals in waterfront communities around the Bay. Two conferences were held at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2013 – Cross Tech, June 10-11 and From Enemies to Allies, June 12-15 – bringing together leaders in cyber security and scholars from the U.K, Canada and the U.S. Events will culminate with Star-Spangled Spectacular, September 6-16, 2014, celebrating the 200th birthday of the National Anthem.
The grant recipients are:
Inspiring Pride on the Chesapeake
- Partner: Pride of Baltimore, Inc.
- Amount: $125,000
Inspiring Engagement: Expanded Audiences for the Star-Spangled 200
- Partner: Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture
- Amount: $22,500
Defenders Day at North Point
- Partner: Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum, Inc.
- Amount: $35,000
Somerset County Historical Society War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorative Committee
- Partner: Somerset County Historical Society, Inc.
- Amount: $6,000
The Battle of Caulk’s Field Bicentennial: A Walk Through Time
- Partner: County Commissioners of Kent County
- Amount: $30,000
Raiders and Invaders
- Partner: Town of Leonardtown
- Amount: $19,000
Create Living American Flag and Enhance Elements of Public Programming
- Partner: Living Classrooms Foundation and Friends of Fort McHenry
- Amount: $115,000
Fort McHenry Boat Tour Sound System Installation and Operations Support
- Partner: Living Classrooms Foundation
- Amount: $22,500
Certified Tourism Ambassador and Guide Training Program for Maryland along the Star-Spangled Banner NHT
- Partner: National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay
- Amount: $90,000
Interpretive Package for Broad Creek/Fort Washington Area
- Partner: Anacostia Trails Heritage Area
- Amount: $20,000
Digital Preservation and Geomorphic History of 1812 Earthen Forts on the Maryland Eastern Shore
- Partner: University of Delaware
- Amount: $20,000
Maryland Museum of Military History War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration Project
- Partner: Maryland Military Historical Society, Inc.
- Amount: $70,000
Finding Freedom: Educational Outreach on the African American Experience during the War of 1812 in Maryland
- Partner: Friends of the Maryland State Archives, Inc.
- Amount: $75,000
Star-Spangled Virtual Education Experience
- Partner: Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission
- Amount: $15,000
Patterson Park Star-Spangled Programs and Projects
- Partner: Friends of Patterson Park
- Amount: $100,000