News & Press Hundreds of Baltimore Students Kick-Off 2014 Privateer Festival
April 11, 2014
More than 600 elementary and middle school students from eleven Baltimore area schools visited Fell’s Point to take part in a War of 1812 Bicentennial educational festival. Groups of thirty students worked their way through educational stations set-up along Broadway Pier and in the Fell’s Point Visitor Center and the 1765 Robert Long House to learn more about the people and places tied to the War of 1812 and the 1814 Battle of Baltimore.
“The success of events like this is directly related to the ability of partners to work together,” said Janet Caslow, 1812 Projects Coordinator for the Baltimore National Heritage Area. The event brought together representatives from Fort McHenry, Asquith Sharpshooters, American Flag Foundation, Maryland Historical Society, World War II Liberty Ship S.S. John Brown, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Pride of Baltimore II, and the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point.
Melodies from Fort McHenry’s Junior Fife and Drum Corps filled the air while students moved through the education stations along Broadway Pier. Education specialists from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Pride of Baltimore II provided hands-on experiences for the students to learn about the sailors, ships, and weaponry used during the War of 1812 era. The Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point opened the doors of the Fell’s Point Visitor Center and historic Robert Long House to give students a glimpse of how people lived in the early 19th century and how archeology is used to learn more about this fascinating time.
“Baltimore City Public Schools is lucky to have such great partners who are willing to provide these amazing opportunities for our students,” said BCPSS Social Studies Specialist RaeLynn Snyder. “Learning and living history right here in our own community is vital for our students. There is no better way to know what you want to do in your future than to learn about your past!”
Part of the three-day Privateer Festival, the educational event was organized by the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the War of 1812 Education Committee. The heritage area and its partners will plan a similar program for the Fell’s Point Fun Festival, which is scheduled for October.Privateer Festival 2014 Press Release