Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

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What is the Star-Spangled Banner Trail?

The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces over 560 miles of land and water routes that commemorate the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake Bay region. It connects the people, places and events that led to the birth of America’s National Anthem.

What is a trail steward?

Students and teachers participate in the Trail Stewards program to learn about their piece of the trail’s history in order to inspire future preservation and conservation of special places in their communities.

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2 weeks ago

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

Take a look at the U.S. Capitol’s National Trails themed Christmas tree! It’s a beauty!

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Join us as we live stream the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting event!
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2 weeks ago

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

O Christmas tree...
The #BannerTrail will be represented on the U.S.Capitol's Christmas tree! It seems fitting, as Washington D.C. and the Capitol building are a big part of the trail and the history of the War of 1812.

Check out www.nps.gov/stsp to learn more about the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

#FindYourTrail #Trails50The lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is scheduled for 5:00 pm eastern time tonight. This year the tree's ornaments included a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails Act. 25 National Trails and the National Recreation Trail logo were turned into approximately 50 ornaments, large and small, to celebrate the anniversary. The large ornaments adorned the 80 foot Noble Fir from the Willamette National Forest; after a November harvest, the tree traveled east, following the Oregon Trail in reverse in commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Oregon Trail. Smaller ornaments decorated the numerous companion trees that decorate the offices throughout the Capitol.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins on the National Mall at 5:30 pm Eastern time tonight. If you’re not in the DC area, you can follow the festivities on C-Span or live on Facebook at U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

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1 month ago

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#OnThisDay James McHenry was born! Did you know that Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine was named after James McHenry in 1803?James McHenry was born on this day in 1753. In 1803, following five years of construction, Fort McHenry was named after James McHenry. During his lifetime, McHenry represented the state of Maryland in signing the United States Constitution, served in the Continental Congress, worked as a physician, and was the third Secretary of War under presidents George Washington and John Adams.

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