• The Star-Spangled Banner flying over Tangier Island, VA.

    Star-Spangled Banner

    National Historic Trail DC, MD, VA

Advisory Council

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 British burned parts of Washington, D.C. including the White House in August 1814.

The low point in the War of 1812 for the United States was undoubtedly the British occupation of Washington in August of 1814. Neither Secretary of War John Armstrong nor any other high official in the government thought the capital was in jeopardy because it had no real strategic value.