Celebrate Maryland Day 2014!

Celebrate Maryland Day with The Maryland  
Historical Society and
Pride of Baltimore II

Our Star-Spangled Banner Flag travels from Fort McHenry to the Annapolis State House
March 24-March 25, 2014!

March 20, 2014

Dear Reader,

Pride II
Pride II photo credit: Bill McAllen
The Maryland Historical Society is proudly celebrating Maryland Day with the ship Pride of Baltimore II and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - and we want you to join us!

Pride of Baltimore II is making a special voyage on Monday, March 24 from Fort McHenry in Baltimore to the City Dock in Annapolis.


On board Pride of Baltimore II will be the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that over 1,000 Maryland Historical Society volunteers created in the summer of 2013 using authentic fabric and hand stitching techniques. Our flag gained international media attention in commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the National Anthem, and we couldn't be happier to take it on a historic journey to Annapolis!


Following the voyage, Pride of Baltimore II and the Maryland Historical Society will be joining forces with several other partners commemorating Maryland's Star Spangled 200 events.

These events are free and open to the public. 

Beginning at 12:15 PM in Annapolis on Tuesday, March 25, a procession featuring the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will take place from the Annapolis City Dock to the steps of the State House. There, the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will be unfurled, followed by a grant award ceremony presided by Governor Martin O'Malley. The flag will then return to be hoisted on Pride of Baltimore II later that afternoon. All are welcome and invited to attend. Free tours of Pride of Baltimore II will also be offered.

The complete public schedule of Maryland Day events is as follows:

Monday, March 24   

In Baltimore:
10:00 AM: Pride to collect recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag from Fort McHenry Guard
Location: Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

10:30 AM: Pride departs
Location: Fort McHenry pier

Pride will pass Fells Point at 10:45 AM. Fells Point is where the design for the Baltimore Clipper ship emerged in shipyards in the 1790's. At 11 AM, Pride will circle through Baltimore Inner Harbor, pass and salute Fort McHenry, then on through the Key Bridge at noon. It is expected to arrive in Annapolis between 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

The general public is invited to watch Pride as it departs from Fort McHenry at 10:30 AM. 

Tuesday, March 25

In Baltimore:
10:00 AM: Society of Colonial Wars Wreath Laying
Blessing of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag
Location: Baltimore Courthouse, Cecilius Calvert Statue

In Annapolis:

12:15 PM: Procession of recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag to State House
Location: Annapolis City Dock
12:30 PM-1:30 PM: Flag volunteers will display the recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag on the steps of the west (modern) end of the State House. A ceremony will follow.
Location: Annapolis State House steps

1:00 PM: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley presents Star-Spangled 200 grants to fifteen organizations from across the State.
Location: Annapolis State House steps

1:30 PM: Return procession to City Dock with Star-Spangled Banner flag

2:00 - 4:00 PM: Tours of Pride of Baltimore II will be free and available to the general public. Flag Talks will be given by National Park Service staff. Featuring Fort McHenry Guard fife and drum music.
Location: Annapolis City Dock

Parking is available in downtown Annapolis. Check out these helpful resources from our friends at Visit Annapolis - including information on where to find parking.  

What Is Maryland Day?

Ark and Dove, John Moll, MdHS, M1955.44.1
In March, 1634, after a long, difficult Atlantic winter crossing, the ships Ark and Dove sailed up the Potomac River. The March 25, 1634 mass on St. Clements Island celebrated the beginning of spring and the planting season, the Feast of the Annunciation and a fragile but hopeful escape from the religious bigotry that was rampant in 17th century Europe.

In 1903, Maryland leaders set aside March 25 as a day devoted to remembering Maryland history. In 1916, as the United States entered a world war, the Old Line State turned Maryland History Day into an official holiday. 

The Pride's Special Connection to Baltimore Harbor 

In 1975, after many years of slow decay and decline, Baltimore was struggling to reinvent itself - to become once again the kind of vibrant center for business, commerce, and comfortable living that she had been in previous decades - indeed, in previous centuries. The old piers around the Inner Harbor had been cleared and a Promenade built around the water's edge. Citizens were beginning to discover that the harbor could become a magnet for people and recreation, as it had once been a magnet for shipping and trade. But something was still missing - a symbol, a trademark, an icon to link Baltimore to its harbor.

City officials cast about for possibilities and an idea eventually emerged that captured the theme. Former Mayor William Donald Schaefer credits then Housing Commissioner Bob Embry with the idea "Let's build a ship in the Inner Harbor to draw folks downtown." With that seminal thought, a great sailing adventure and tradition was launched that would soon catapult Baltimore back into the imagination of the nation and the world as the home of adventurous seamen and romantic ships.

Pride of Baltimore II represents early 19th Century Baltimore-built, topsail schooners - the sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels famous during the War of 1812.  These schooners were privately owned, well-armed privateers that ran the British blockade of the U.S. ports. Chasseur was the largest, most successful of these privateers, and in a daring voyage to Great Britain, captured 17 British ships earning the nickname "Pride of Baltimore." Since her commissioning in October of 1988, Pride has traveled over 250,000 nautical miles, visited 40 countries, and docked in over 200 ports of call. For more information on Pride's 2014 sailing schedule, education initiatives, or membership program, please visit www.pride2.org

Our Bicentennial Celebrations Continue

The recreated Star-Spangled Banner flag with its stitchers and Education Director Kristin Schenning
We can't think of a better way to begin our Star-Spangled Year than to journey with Pride of Baltimore II from Fort McHenry and unfurl our authentic recreation on the steps of the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis. 

The Maryland Day celebration marks only the second time the recreated Star-Spangled Banner will be on view to the public. It will also be featured this summer as part of Flag Day festivities at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. In addition, the original manuscript of The Star-Spangled Banner, penned in Francis Scott Key's hand, will be on loan to the National Museum of American History from June 14-July 6, 2014.

The Maryland Historical Society would like to thank its friends and partners in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812; Pride of Baltimore II, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the General Assembly and the Statehouse Trust, the 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Star Spangled 200, Inc., the Ark and Dove Society, the Society of Colonial Wars and Historic Annapolis. The festivities will culminate in September, 2014 with a statewide "Star-Spangled Spectacular" celebration.   

See you at our Maryland Day festivities! We thank you for your support.   




Burton Kummerow
President, The Maryland Historical Society

Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." The Society is located at 201 W. Monument Street and open to the public Wednesday-Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday (library only) 12 pm-5pm.