Making Sense of the American Civil War
Contact: James C. Bailey, 410-962-4290 Ext. 206
Engage in the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War by "enlisting" in a special Civil War Discussion series!
Fort McHenry NM & HS is one of more than 150 sites nationwide to host the series, developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support provided by the Maryland Humanities Council.
"This is a meaningful way to appreciate and more fully understand the American Civil War during is Sesquicentennial," says Park Ranger James Bailey.
Programs will be held at Fort McHenry NM & HS and Hampton National Historic Site with a special free tour at the Maryland Historical Society. Reading materials are loaned free of charge. There are 25 sets on a first-come, first-served basis. If the park runs out, people can still participate as the books are easily obtainable at local libraries and bookstores.
For details or to register for this free program, please contact Ranger Jim Bailey by February 6 at Jim_Bailey@nps.gov.
"This is going to be really out of the box for the participants as the discussions will be held in the park after the park is closed to the general public. We will also give three exclusive tours at night, have a free raffle to add more fun and come summer, all those who participate will get VIP seating at a special ceremony in the fort," says Vaise.
Discussions will be held every other Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8:00 pm beginning February 7 and ending May 16. Participants are expected to attend each session. Participants receive VIP seating for a special evening Civil War Tattoo Ceremony on August 3.
Discussions will be held on the following works:
- "March" by Geraldine Brooks (Penguin, 2006)
National Park Service Rangers from Fort McHenry NM & HS will lead a discussion of the book at each session.
Session 7 (subject to change)
Did You Know?
On September 12, 1914, the 100th anniversary of the British attack against Fort McHenry, 6500 local school children cloaked in red, white and blue, formed a giant replica of the Flag, which was appropriately named, “The Wonderful Human Flag.”