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What is Interpretation?
What is an Interpretive Plan?
An Interpretive Plan is a blueprint for a park or trail's interpretive program.
The Trail Interpretive Plan helps the National Park Service and its partners tell stories of the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake in ways that encourage intellectual and emotional connections between visitors and the resources, sites and people that tell these stories. Visitors to the Trail should have the opportunity to learn about more than just military events, and to be inspired by what they learn and do to connect what happened 200 years ago with the things they learn and do today.
The Star-Spangled Banner Trail Interpretive Plan lays the foundation for developing interpretation along the Trail utilizing themes that help visitors connect the stories they learn about in one place with the stories they have heard in another. The plan lays out a strategy for partners and the National Park Service to develop and maintain cohesive interpretation Trail-wide, in varying formats and to a range of visitor audiences, over the next 5 to 10 years.
The Interpretive Planning process began in fall 2009, when eight workshops were held throughout the Chesapeake Bay. The Trail's legislation, feasibility study and other reports and studies also influenced the plan.
Did You Know?
Francis Scott Key's patriotic song describing the bombardment of Fort McHenry was first published as a broadside in 1814. The broadside included important details on how the song came to be written and shows that it was originally titled "Defense of Fort M'Henry."