War of 1812 Weekend in Kent County Brings Series of Activities to Chestertown

This weekend, October 4, 5 & 6, 2012, is a War of 1812 weekend in Kent County as the Historical Society of Kent County brings a series of programs to the County.  Highlights include Christopher George talking about African Americans in the conflict and Ralph Eshelman speaking about the forgotten war and more.   Here are the details.
African Americans in the War of 1812: Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM,  301 High Street. Christopher George, author and historian, presents an overview of African American experience during the war, including service as American seamen, and the British offer of freedom to slaves. This will be the Historical Society�s first program in the future Bordley History Center at the corner of Cross and High Streets in Chestertown.  Free & open to the public.

History Happy Hour: Full Glory Reflected: Friday, October 5, 4:00-6:00 PM; 301 High Street. book signing and visit with Ralph Eshelman, one of the premiere historians for the Star Spangled Banner Trail.  Eshelman will be on hand  to sign copies of his forthcoming book about the War of 1812, with gripping stories of devastating raids, heroic defense, gallant privateers, fugitive slaves, and threatened lands.  At the future Bordley History Center at the corner of Cross and High Streets in Chestertown.  This event is free & open to the public.Wine and Cheese.

The War of 1812 in Maryland:  Friday, October 5, 7:30 PM, Emmanuel Church Hall, Ralph Eshelman, historian for the National Park Service�s Star Spangled Historic Trail, discusses the forgotten war, the only one in which men of this region fought on their own soil, routing a foreign enemy in the Battle of Caulk�s Field.  $15.00.

42nd Annual Historical Society of Kent County’s Chestertown House Tour 1:00-5:00 PM – Over a dozen properties reflective of the War of 1812 time period will be open to the public.  This is the day when Chestertown opens its doors!  Tickets:  advance sales and members: $25; $30 day of tour tickets sold at ticket booth on Cross Street by Fountain Park in Chestertown. Self-guided walking tour, with docents welcoming you into the homes and historic properties.

The War of 1812 in Kent County: the Wide World of War: Saturday, October 6, 7:00 — Start out the evening with an video overview of The War of 1812 in Kent County, and end with The Wide World of War, a first person interview with key players of the war by an enterprising journalist of the time.  This event is free and open to the public.

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