May 11, 2019
Join your fellow Dickinsonian's for a tour of Fort McHenry and a talk by Associate Professor of History Christopher Bilodeau.
Fort McHenry is primarily known for the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, when American troops stopped a British invasion. The battle inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This makes Fort McHenry an ideal site for Associate Professor of History Christopher Bilodeau to discuss the staying power of populist nationalism, most pointedly within a vision of the United States depicted by Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party—a nationalism that emphasized democratic equality against outside threats, such as Great Britain and American Indians, whom party leaders believed threatened the great potential of the new country. After Professor Bilodeau’s talk, we’ll enjoy the exhibits at the Visitor Center and the National Monument and Historic Shrine. Then if you’d like, you can participate at your own pace in the ranger programs and help lower the reproduction of the “Star-Spangled Banner” flag at the end of day. Space is limited. Please register by Tuesday, May 7.
- Location: 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230 (410) 962-4290
- Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Cost: Free