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Maryland Heritage Areas Authority and Chesapeake Bay Gateways award grants


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Saturday, July 29 - 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  4th annual Fort McHenry Crab Feast!

Saturay & Sunday, September 9-10 - Defenders’ Day Weekend

Saturday, September 9 - Star-Spangled Spectacular Reception

*dates subject to change

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Thanks to all who visited during Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore!

Thanks to all who came out DEFENDER'S DAY WEEKEND! Interested in a 2017 sponsorships? Take a peek at our 2016 Program -- FriendsFortMcHenry_2016Sponsorship_62816



Atlantic Caterers

American Sugar Refining - Domino Sugars


Ryleigh’s Oyster

Select Event Grup

Society of the War of 1812 of Maryland

Association of Maryland Pilots

Atlantic Wines

GWWOI Architects

Heavy Seas Brewing

Ports America Chesapeake

BGEN Warner Sumpter

UA Locust Point Holdings

Melanie Santiago-Mosier


National Park Service, Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Living Classrooms Foundation

Congratulations and Thank You!

We presented the 2016 Francis Scott Key Award to Mr. Trip Bailey, President, BalTerm LLP, and former Chair of the Friends' Advisory Board. Trip served as chair for more than a dozen years and offered outstanding support, guidance and passion for educating youth about Fort McHenry. We salute Mr. Bailey and are happy he continues to serve as a Board Member.


We honored Mr. Bill Pencek with the 2015 Francis Scott Key award for distinguished service to the citizens of Maryland and Fort McHenry. As the leader in the statewide Bicentennial commemorations, Bill worked tirelessly for nearly ten (10) years to make these events the amazing success that they were.  His passion for history and Fort McHenry has been nothing less than spectacular!  As the current Acting Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Bill served as the Executive Director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission for the last six years. 

2014 WAS A BANNER YEAR! There was a lot of bicentennial buzz in September-it was all quite incredible and a "spectacular" time was had all over town!!! Giant Living Flag Created Honored Bicentennial of The Star-Spangled Banner! MAKING HISTORY AT FORT MCHENRY! In a spectacular show of red, white and blue On September 9th at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, more than 6,600 Maryland students, teachers and chaperons created the largest 15 stars and 15 stripes Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag ever assembled. Read more...


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