Star-Spangled History & Travel Guide Receives Award
Contact: Cindy Chance, 410-260-2492
The book In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake was recognized with an award by the Maryland Historical Trust.The book serves as the history and travel guide to the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.The award was accepted at the ceremony in Annapolis by authors Ralph Eshelman and Burt Kummerow, and trail manager Suzanne Copping and interpretive specialist Paula Degen of the National Park Service.
Awards in eight categories are presented annually by the Maryland Historical Trust and are the highest level of recognition for historic preservation and heritage education projects in Maryland.
The book is the definitive history and travel guide to the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and features more than 50 artist-commissioned original illustrations, a lively narrative, and clear maps that follow the action and highlight the sites one can visit today along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
Part I of In Full Glory Reflected tells the war's gripping stories of devastating British raids, heroic defense, and threatened citizens in the Chesapeake, where much of the war occurred.
Part II is designed for adventurers who want to see for themselves where this action occurred two hundred years ago. Authors Eshelman and Kummerow show visitors how to follow the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail to trace the original routes of the Americans and the British and the dramatic events that produced America's national anthem and its iconic flag.
"We are immensely pleased with the hard work of the authors to bring this history and travel book to life," said John Maounis, superintendent of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. "Creating this resource for trail visitors was truly a collaborative effort with the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Federal Highway Administration."
Did You Know?
The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.