Focusing on War of 1812, Delaware 2012 Chautauqua Features Andrew Jackson, Dolly Madison, Francis Scott Key, & Mary Pickersgill

Press Release — Southern Delaware Tourism Office 

Marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 which was declared by President James Madison on June 18, 1812, the history of this obscure conflict that helped solidify the Untied States’ identity as a nation will be brought to life during Delaware’s 14th annual Chautauqua tent show—“Rockets Red Glare: 1812 in America” that will take place at a variety of downtown Lewes, Del. locations from June 17 to 21, 2012. A preliminary schedule of events is attached. Admission is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148  or visit the Zwaanendael Museum website.

A unique mixture of education and entertainment, Lewes’ Chautauqua will be held under a large tent and will feature re-enactors who take on the personas of celebrated historical figures, educating and entertaining audiences as they bring the past to life. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and interact with the featured characters including first lady Dolley Madison; Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the flag that was the inspiration for  “The Star Spangled Banner”; President Andrew Jackson; and Francis Scott Key who wrote America’s national anthem.

For more information, visit the Lewes Historical Society website.

Admission is free for all events.  For the full schedule and the continuation of the press release click here

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