The Advisory Council for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011, consists of representatives of federal and state agencies, and Chesapeake Bay related organizations. The Council consults with the Secretary on matters relating to the trail and assists the National Park Service in development and implementation, identifying significant trail resources, and other matters.
The Council is subject to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 USC App.), which includes the designation of a federal officer to oversee the management of the Council. The Designated Federal Officer is Suzanne Copping, trail manager. The Council reports to the Secretary of the Interior through the Director of the National Park Service.
The Advisory Council meets twice annually and the meetings are open to the public.
For a list of the current membership of the Advisory Council, click here.
For information on the trail's Advisory Council, see Frequently Asked Questions.
To read summaries of previous meetings of the Advisory Council, click here.
Did You Know?
The Star-Spangled Banner flies high over Fort McHenry 24 hours a day by special order of the White House. It continues to evoke a special, patriotic feeling. When a star is added or if there is a new design for the flag, Fort McHenry is the first location to fly the new flag.