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Call for Papers: From Enemies to Allies – An International Conference on the War of 1812 and its Aftermath

June 12-16, 2013, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland Submission Guidelines: Call for Papers Opens: July 1, 2012 Online Call for Papers Available: July 1, 2012 Final Submission Deadline: February 1, 2013 Conference Theme: The Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, the United States Naval Academy, and the United States Navy’s Naval History and Heritage

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NHF Co-Sponsoring 237th Navy Birthday Celebration

For the seventh consecutive year, the Naval Historical Foundation will co-sponsor the Navy Birthday Celebration in the Washington DC area, along with the National Capital Council of the Navy League of the United States. The event will be held 13 October at the Sheraton Premiere Hotel in Tysons Corner, VA (see our listing here for

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Schooner Pride of Baltimore II Visits Washington Navy Yard

There is a very special visitor at the Washington Navy Yard this week: the topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II. The schooner is a replica of a War of 1812 era privateer. In this photo, Pride of Baltimore II is tied up alongside the Washington Riverwalk Trail. Nearby is the destroyer Display Ship Barry. At

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US Navy Commemorates War of 1812 in Baltimore

Today is the 200th anniversary of the U.S. declaration of war against Britain, and the start of the War of 1812. The U.S. Navy will be marking the day with commemorations around the country (see our earlier story about the reading of the declaration of war at the U.S. Navy Museum). The city of Baltimore

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Declaration of the War of 1812 to be Read at Navy Museum

Next Monday, 18 June, at the National Museum of the United States Navy, there will be a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. The declaration of war will be read aloud, and a performance by the Chanteymen of Ship’s Company will follow. For information on visiting the Museum

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War of 1812 Bicentennial Exhibit opens June 10 at the Maryland Historical Society

“In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812” During this anniversary year, two centuries removed from the War of 1812, America’s “Second War of Independence,” the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is retelling a dramatic story. With five thousand square feet of displays and more than a hundred historic artifacts, the largest bicentennial exhibit

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Craig Symonds: Connecting the War of 1812 and the Battle of Midway

The following speech was presented on 3 June 2012 by Dr. Craig Symonds at the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Commemoration Dinner at the Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, Virginia. You can watch a video of the presentation here. Admiral Greenert, distinguished guests, and especially veterans of the Battle of Midway … don’t we all

Naval History Sweeps Government History Book Prizes

At the Society For History in the Federal Government Awards Luncheon held at Archives II at College Park, MD on 21 March 2012, two monographs on naval history captured the prestigious George Pendleton Prize and Henry Adams Prize. George C. Daughan earned the Pendleton Prize for 1812: The Navy’s War (Basic Books, 2011). Daughan holds

NHF Co-Sponsors SECNAV War of 1812 Commemoration Kickoff

Tuesday evening at the Library of Congress, the Naval Historical Foundation helped the Navy stage its formal kickoff for the 2012 War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration. The event was hosted in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, by Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington and Secretary of the Navy the

USS Constitution Interactive Display Dedicated at National Navy Museum

On Monday 12 March, a new interactive display was dedicated at the National Navy Museum at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. The touch screen driven display gives museum visitors a chance to learn about the history of the commanding officers of the historic frigate USS Constitution. It was the brainchild of Dr. Jack London,

BOOK REVIEW: How Britain won the War of 1812 – The Royal Navy’s Blockades of the United States, 1812-1815

By Brian Arthur (Woodbridge, Boydell Press, 2011) Review by NHF Director, Dr. William Dudley (Note: this review and the author’s response originally appeared in Reviews in History. We thank them for allowing this republication.) Among the new books that have emerged coincident with the commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Brian Arthur’s

OpSail Announces The Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Essay and Art Contest

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: WIN A RIDE ON A TALL SHIP! SAIL TRIUMPHANTLY INTO PORT WITH A FLEET OF TALL SHIPS Operation Sail, Inc., the national non-profit organization that produces tall ship events commemorating patriotic American milestones, announced its sponsorship of an essay contest and an art contest for high school students in association with