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!
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Forty-three volunteers from the Baltimore office of Morgan Stanley invested their time and talent to make Fort McHenry a better park. on Tuesday, June 24, they worked for over 100 hours, weeding and mulching the landscape around the Visitor and Education Center. Read more
Under Armour employees volunteer over 800 hours to help preserve a historic resource on the grounds of Fort McHenry NM&HS. Read more
Disadvantaged young adults from Baltimore learn new job skills and help park staff acheive their mission goals. It's a win-win. Read more
Inner-city Fife and Drum campers demonstrate their newly learned skills by performing 1812 era music at Fort McHenry! 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
Did You Know?
Pvt. William Williams, a run-away slave, joined the U.S. Artillery and defended Fort McHenry. He was severely wounded during the battle and died two weeks later.