Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Every Spring and Fall, the National Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) recruits volunteers to restore habitat for wildlife, remove debris, and maintain trails at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. Since the National Aquarium took over stewardship of the marsh and cleanup of the park’s historic Seawall Trail in 1999, volunteers have helped collect nearly 600,000 pieces of trash and debris! Read more
Inner-city Fife and Drum campers demonstrate their newly learned skills by performing 1812 era music at Fort McHenry! Read more
Fort McHenry Rangers and Fife and Drum Corps continued a tradition of joining with the community to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. Park staff joined with veterans to conduct ceremonies at historic cemeteries and to provide special programs at Fort McHenry for over 4,000 visitors. Read more
As the summer tourist season gets underway, Fort McHenry NM&HS added another attraction! With the help of several partners and grant funding, visitors to the park will now have the opportunity to get the same view of the Star Fort —from the water — the view that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem during the War of 1812’s Battle of Baltimore. Read more
The local newspapers reported that as many as 6,000 to 10,000 people attended the May 3-5 weekend event at Havre de Grace Maryland. Read more
Did You Know?
Each May, 3,500 to 4,500 school children create the "Living American Flag" at Fort McHenry. The program is sponsored by The American Flag Foundation, Inc. More...