Leonardtown Receives Grant for Star-Spangled 200 Bicentennial Project

Southern Maryland News Net
April 3, 2014
Today Gov. Martin O’Malley presented the Town of Leonardtown with a $19,000 matching grant in support of the Raiders & Invaders Weekend commemorating the War of 1812. The event will take place June 6 to 8, 2014. Leonardtown joined 13 other non-profit and government organizations across Maryland which together are investing more than $3.3 million in bicentennial projects that support programming, education, visitor experience and capital improvements and expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the State.

“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.”

“We are delighted to be awarded a Star-Spangled 200 grant today,” said Dan Burris, Mayor of Leonardtown. The Raiders & Invaders Weekend will engage all Marylanders in the bicentennial of our National Anthem by recognizing the history behind the invasion and how the town folks managed during a time of upheaval to their daily lives and the impact on its future.”

“From the kickoff of 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 and the National Anthem for maximum benefit to Marylanders. The Grant Program will operate for the three-year commemoration and is funded through Star- Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin surcharge proceeds, corporate sponsorships and state appropriations.

There are a total of six grant application rounds during the three-year commemoration. The sixth round is currently open and will close on May 1, 2014. Eligible organizations can learn more about the grant program at http://www.StarSpangled200.org.

Incorporated in 1708, Leonardtown remains the only municipality in St. Mary’s County with its own elected Mayor and Town Council. Over the last decade the town has experienced a renaissance with the opening of new restaurants and shops, revitalization of its waterfront as well as several beautifully designed housing developments. In 2013 the Town received a coveted Arts and Entertainment Designation from the State of Maryland offering an even brighter future for years to come. http://www.raidersandinvaders.com

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