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Contact: Michele Alexander, Communications Manager 410.685.4186 | Date: December 17, 2012


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MHC Offers FREE Star-Spangled Speakers Bureau
Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Supports Program
(Baltimore) - The Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) proudly announces that a special Star-Spangled Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and living history performances about the War of 1812, is now available without charge to nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland. These educational and entertaining programs are made possible through a grant from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Nine War of 1812-themed Speakers programs bring America’s “second war of independence” to life in your community. Scholars examine the stories of both pivotal historical figures and every day Marylanders, explore the origins of our National Anthem, study important Maryland battles, and more. The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission grant underwrites the cost of up to fifty Speakers Bureau programs. Programs must be free and open to the public and take place between January 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Detailed guidelines and an application form may be found on the MHC website at To learn more, contact Program Officer Judy Dobbs at (410) 685-4185 or

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escaped back to his home state. The Life and Adventures of Charles Ball. and the author of several books on the Defense of Baltimore in the War of 1812. was a clear American victory in a war with no ultimate winner or loser. Adult audiences. including their role in the War of 1812. he has published articles in the Journal of the War of 1812. free African-Americans and civilians banded together to save their city. why Baltimore was the subject of the British attack. Anne Arundel County and . which took place on August 31. Sheads is a historian. he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla. Projector and screen required. Located in Kent County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Audiences will learn how Francis Scott Key's words still resonate with us today. Scott S. he has never stopped combing through the maps. brings the Battle of Caulk’s Field to life in this lively lecture. Virginia and the District of Columbia (Johns Hopkins University Press. which is home to more War of 1812 sites than the rest of the country combined. and his most recent co-authored book is The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake: A Reference Guide to Maryland. records and accounts of the battle. In his 30 years as historian-ranger at the fort. A 17-year veteran of the National Park Service. The Battle of Caulk's Field Scott Sheads. Anne Arundel Community College. 2011). after being sold to a trader in the deep South.War of 1812 Speakers Bureau Programs The Battle of Baltimore and the Birth of the Anthem Vincent Vaise will detail the causes of the War of 1812. Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation Vincent Leggett portrays Charles Ball. including the march from Benedict to Bladensburg and the defense of Fort McHenry at the Battle of Baltimore. Upon his return to Maryland. While a Park Ranger at Fort McHenry. His most recent projects include exhibit development in the new Visitor and Education Center at Fort McHenry and exhibits in the Slave and Tenant Farmers' Quarters at Hampton National Historic Site. Ball was discharged in 1814 and published an autobiography.000 War of 1812-related graves in the state. Ball’s story provides a lens through which we can examine the legacy of blacks in the Chesapeake. The Fort McHenry Guard. coordinated the park’s living history unit. and how soldiers. National Park Service staff historian at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Sheads has also documented about 20. He has held positions at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. ranger at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. He has appeared on the recent PBS documentary The War of 1812. The battle. in 1837. Caulk's Field remains one of the best surviving 1812 battlefields in America. Vincent Vaise is Chief of Interpretation at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site. 1814. Vincent Leggett is founder of the Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation (1984) and the Chesapeake Ecology Center (2002). Vaise earned a Bachelor’s in History at UMBC. Sheads will also discuss other historic landmarks and events across Maryland. He took part in some of the most exciting battles in the Chesapeake. a third-generation slave from Calvert County. Adult audiences. and staged special events throughout the year. sailors. Maryland who. organized training sessions for staff and volunteers involving leading scholars of the War of 1812.

Pennsylvania. In her illustrated presentation. and culinary arts. The Search for Joshua Barney’s Flagship Maryland’s Chesapeake waters conceal many hidden treasures. and Ph. Live musical selections accompanied by appropriate images (if projector and screen available). and he currently serves as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. In addition. when news coverage is practically instantaneous. focusing on American music. conservation and exhibition of significant events like the scuttling of the Chesapeake flotilla commanded by Joshua Barney on his flagship Scorpion. . colleges. through the triumph at Fort McHenry and the last battle in New Orleans. Virginia. Adult and high school audiences. and he is finishing a history of music in Maryland for The Johns Hopkins University Press. to dramatize the great sea battles between huge frigates in full sail and to laud battle heroes like Hull and Perry. beekeeping. Susan B. songs of ridicule. This presentation concludes with a discussion about what has changed in the digital age. Mike Dixon will discuss how news and information was spread when war came to Maryland’s shores. in Musicology from Catholic University of America. schools. the traumatic effect of Jefferson's Embargo in 1807. in Music from Dickinson College.D. and DC. in Musicology from George Washington University. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and her M. his M. Maryland Department of Planning. From the early stirrings of party politics under President Adams. and is an adjunct professor at several Maryland universities as well as teaching SCUBA. dispelling several lingering myths along the way. Mr. Hildebrand received his Ph. High school and adult audiences. He has also developed a curriculum on the Blacks of the Chesapeake. David Hildebrand teaches American music history at the Peabody Conservatory.D. with a fascinating look at press coverage of the major regional incidents of the War of 1812. Americans took pen to paper to tear at political opponents.A. State Underwater Archaeologist Susan Langley helps us dive into submerged cultural resources that relate to the War of 1812. Spread the News: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake In this era news could only move as fast as someone could physically carry the message. Oxygen Provision and Emergency Response as a Master Scuba Diver Instructor. and his B. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. and universities throughout the country since 1980. He and his wife Ginger Hildebrand have been performing professionally for museums.A. Langley is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historical Trust. textiles. She lectures internationally on piracy.A. sentimental ballads of love and separation and songs encouraging enlistments were sung at home. historical societies. Adult and high school audiences.A. Leggett is the author of The Chesapeake Bay Through Ebony Eyes (1999) and Blacks of the Chesapeake: An Integral Part of Maritime History (1997). as well as maritime archaeology. Research into these artifacts involves the use of electronic remote sensing technologies to search for specific vessels or to investigate the sites of maritime battles. This program climaxes in the true telling of the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner in September. Requires screen. M.Baltimore City Public Schools. on the streets and in theaters. Other studies include multi-year planning for excavation. which is used by school systems in Maryland. 1814. Delaware. She received her B. Requires digital projector and screen. Music of the War of 1812 in America The War of 1812 spawned a huge variety of songs in America. as well as certifying in Heritage Resource Management and as a Master Spinner in textile technology. Dr.

Middle school. women? Mike Dixon reveals unpublished stories of unrepresented peoples such as slaves and African-Americans. Mike received his M.A. She is a Smithsonian scholar/performer and has appeared on CNN. Rosalie Calvert and the War of 1812: A Living History Presentation A costumed living history presentation portrays the life of Rosalie Calvert of Riversdale Plantation. the burning of Washington. illustrated presentation on the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. and he has provided start-up leadership in the development of a 62-acre living history museum in Cecil County. General Robert Ross’s burning of Washington. Mistress Margaret Brent. High school and adult audiences. George is now at work on a biography of British Major General Robert Ross. George examines issues leading up to this misunderstood war and the roles played by Great Britain’s Royal Navy. and Good Morning America. D. as well as slaves. Clara Barton.The Stories of Everyday People in the War of 1812 When war came to the shores of the Chesapeake.. what was it like for everyday citizens and local militiamen. Mike Dixon is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware and other area colleges where he concentrates on social history with a focus on mass media and criminal justice. She has a B. Terror on the Chesapeake Christopher T. freedmen. including the British blockade of the East Coast. Northern Ireland. and who was mortally wounded trying to attack Baltimore three weeks later in a skirmish preceding the Battle of North Point. and Good Queen Bess. and the creation of The Star-Spangled Banner. and the narratives of everyday people who aren’t talked about in the history books. He is the founding editor of the Journal of the War of 1812 and coordinator of the National War of 1812 Symposium series held each fall since 1996. and adult audiences.C. the Today Show. in British History from the University of Maryland.A. Joseph’s University. his M. Amelia Earhart. Requires screen and projector. He takes a close look at major strategic events in the Chesapeake. the Battle of North Point.S. The presentation also explores the fascinating day-to-day details of running a plantation in Maryland.A. Christopher T. Adult and high school audiences Mary Ann Jung has been a lead actress and Director of Renaissance History and Shakespearean Language at the Maryland Renaissance Festival for over twenty-five years. Jung's living history performances include Julia Child. The book is being written in cooperation with Dr. Requires screen. and of course Francis Scott Key and the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry. D. high school. Audience members relive the drama of life during the War of 1812 as Rosalie describes the Battle of Bladensburg. in Behavioral Science from Wilmington College. President James Madison and others. George is the author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay published by White Mane in 2001. in Training and Organizational Development from St. the man who captured Washington. George gives a lively. in history from Washington College. the destruction of Havre de Grace. He is the historian for Town of Elkton and The Historical Society of Cecil County.C. #### . Rosalie of Riversdale. and his B. John McCavitt of Rostrevor. placing the war in this region in the context of the whole war.