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Current and upcoming Exhibits 

In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812
June 10, 2012 - June 2015

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

This exhibit retells the dramatic story of War of 1812 in the Chesapeake with five thousand square feet of displays and more than a hundred historic artifacts including the earliest printed broadsides of the Star Spangled Banner song, paintings by Battle of Baltimore veteran Thomas Ruckle and the “Etting Cup” which bears the etched signatures of several of the 1812 veterans.

Visitors can explore the growth of Baltimore as a boomtown, built on shipbuilding and worldwide trade. Next, they can visit a tavern, the information nerve center of the young republic. Following the drift into a war over issues of trade, the conflict with Britain goes from the high seas to the shores of the Chesapeake. An 1814 invasion puts all of Maryland to the test but culminates with victory in Baltimore. The iconic MdHS artifact, the original Star Spangled Banner manuscript, penned by Francis Scott Key soon after the battle that immortalized Ft. McHenry and its garrison flag, will be featured along with a gallery devoted to the defenders of Baltimore. The museum is open Wed. through Sat., 10 -5 and Sun., 12-5.


Farmers, Patriots and Traitors: Southern Maryland and the War of 1812

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum
10515 Mackall Road, St. Leonard, MD 20685

This new permanent exhibit was arranged by hitorians Ralph Eshelman and Don Shomette and includes a depiction of the role of Joshua Barney and his Chesapeake Flotilla during the Battles of St. Leonard Creek in June 1814. JPPM is located on a peninsula along the Patuxent River in Calvert County, where the battles occurred.


In the Footsteps of Giants

Baltimore Visitor Center in the Inner Harbor
401 Light Street  Baltimore, MD 21202

This exhibit showcases three commemorations that will be taking place over the next four years - The Civil War sesquicentennial, Harriet Tubman centennial, and the War of 1812 bicentennial. Also on exhibit is a handcrafted 7-ft.-scale model of the Pride of Baltimore II.


Defense of the Nation: Maryland in the War of 1812
Traveling Exhibit

Baltimore National Heritage Area

Two versions of the Baltimore National Heritage Area traveling exhibit are available for display at venues in both the Baltimore area and the region. The exhibit also features an accompanying video. The Baltimore National Heritage Area created the exhibits with grants from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority and the National Park Service.  

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