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    Fort McHenry

    National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland

Artifacts and Apparitions

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Date: October 7, 2011
Contact: Vince Vaise, 410-962-4290

DEDICATION OF NEW ARCHEOLOGY EXHIBIT AT HISTORIC FORT MCHENRY!

At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, the ribbon will be cut, opening the first of a series of permanent exhibits that will be showcased during the War of 1812 bicentennial! Designed by Mystic Scenic, from Boston Massachusetts, the display gives an insight into daily life of the fort's soldiers at the time of the 1814 bombardment - rare buttons, bones and bayonets are but some of the original items from the desperate defense of the fort in 1814!

Special Legends and Lore Walks
: With over two hundred years of history, Fort McHenry has its share of legends such as secret tunnels, ghostly apparitions and strange noises. Join a Park Ranger for candlelight walk upon the ramparts and learn the history of the fort through these exciting stories that blend history, folklore, the humorous and the unexplainable.

Activities for Kids!
Earn a Junior Ranger badge - become a Junior Archeologist! Kids will get the opportunity to dig up artifacts in a special "archeology box", describe what they mean, and learn how NPS archeologists can "read" the past from objects left behind.

Special Night Firing!
Fire on the Battery! - See a special night-firing exercise as the Fort McHenry Guard lights up the night by firing the large 18-pounder Naval Gun.

WHEN: October 27, 2011 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
           * Dedication and ribbon-cutting at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
           2400 East Fort Avenue
            Baltimore, MD 21230

PARK ADMISSION: FREE

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 410-962-4290 or www.nps.gov/fomc

Did You Know?

Pvt. William Williams, U.S. Artillery

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.