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Contact: Vincent Vaise, 410-962-4290
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine will be offering its second annual Yuletide Candlelight tours on December 15, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Discover how Yuletide celebrations and FortMcHenry’s role changed over time. Join the Park Rangers for an exciting walk through the ages and a rare glimpse of FortMcHenry at night! Tours are free and last approximately 45 minutes.
· See the Grand Ball! Join the dancers of Choreographie Antique as they perform historic dances that were seen in Baltimore during the Civil War! With dancers dressed in period attire and each dance meticulously researched, you will feel like you stepped back in time. The Grand Ball takes place at intervals from 7:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Today, the Yuletide season is seen by many as a time of getting together with family, being at home, parties, dinners, gift-giving and religious observances. Throughout FortMcHenry’s history, however, many spent the holidays performing guard duty, writing letters home, guarding prisoners or recuperating from battlefield wounds. During the course of each tour, visitors will encounter soldiers, sailors and civilians from various eras of the fort’s history. Listen to them tell their story and discover how they observed the holiday season at FortMcHenry over the last 200 years.
Tours will be scheduled every fifteen minutes starting at 6:00 p.m. and will be available on a first-come-first served basis. Free refreshments will be provided in the VisitorCenter