Havre de Grace Kicks Off Bicentennial of War of 1812 Celebration With Community History Day

The Heritage Museums of Havre de Grace kicked off the bicentennial of the War of 1812 on the Upper Chesapeake by hosting a community history day today.  People explored early nineteenth century history through music, dance, artisans, historical research, archeology, genealogy and more during the event.

A highlight involved filming of rare artifacts for Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Collectibles show.  Historic objects, family heirlooms, and collectibles, centering on early 19th century history, came out of closets and attics to be examined by an expert as a cameraman caught footage of the scene for possible use during the second season of the popular series.  While some waited in line for the appraiser, other people enjoyed performances of federal era music and dance, as well as discussions about the entertainment of that time.

The six nonprofits who form the Heritage Museums of Havre de Grace are currently involved in the collaborative project that is sponsoring “The War of 1812:  Havre de Grace Under Fire,” which recalls the May 3, 1813, burning of the City of Havre de Grace by British Rear Admiral George Cockburn.  The project includes a scale model of 1813 Havre de Grace, a local history research project, exhibits for participating museum, public lectures, and educational materials for local schools.  Community History Day was funded by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council.

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