Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

Fort McHenry Cannon Breech Failure After Weeklong Celebration

An historical reproduction cannon had a breech failure recently at Fort McHenry National Monument

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter Collection

$5.95

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter Collection

Many of the nation's collectors and American history enthusiasts seek the added value of a pristine uncirculated quarter from each mint. As circulated quarters continue to be difficult to find, these collections will become a premium item. These collections feature both a P and D minted quarter affixed to a 5"x5" trifold card packed with interesting information, fascinating history and vibrant images. These collections make the entire series fit seamlessly together creating a comprehensive and valuable treasure for families and collectors alike. The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine quarter is the fourth quarter of 2013. The quarter is part of the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program TM.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Coin and Stamp Set

$12.95

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Coin and Stamp Set

This brilliant item showcases an uncirculated 2013 National Parks Quarter along with the vintage unused postage stamp featuring Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The colorful insert highlights this beautiful park and includes interesting facts and other educational features. The 4" x 6" hard acrylic case secures and protects the coin and postage stamp.

Can You Identify These "Historic Firsts" In The National Park System?

The country's first National Historic Site celebrated its 75th anniversary earlier this month, and the occasion offers the opportunity for some fun challenges for NPS trivia buffs. Can you identify the NPS area claiming this historic "first"? How about the location of America's first National Battlefield, or the former national park that's now a national monument?

NPCA Report Calls For Stronger Efforts To Protect Chesapeake Bay And Its Watershed

A new report from the National Parks Conservation Association points out a range of concerns the organization has about the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its 64,000-square-mile watershed, and carries a number of recommendations that NPCA believes can greatly improvement the bay's health.
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Cannons, Cheers and a Customized Cake Help Dedicate New Visitor Center at Fort McHenry National Monument

Ribbon cutting ceremonies for new buildings are commonplace, but the dedication of a new visitor center for Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore on March 3, 2011, included plenty of unique touches--including a memorable cake.

Updated: The National Park Foundation And The Special "National Parks Edition" Toyota FJ Cruiser

A promotion announced late in December, one that pairs the National Park Foundation with a massive Toyota sport utility vehicle, appears to be at odds with the foundation's stated mission and the National Park Service's approach to climate change.

By the Numbers: National Monuments

In 1906, the Antiquities Act authorized the president to create national monuments by presidential proclamation. Fifteen presidents serving since then have invoked the Act to protect nationally significant natural and cultural resources.

Our 50-Star American Flag Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary on July 4, 2010

The huge garrison flag flying over Fort McHenry
The current 50-star version of our American flag is the only design most living Americans have ever known, and it was first raised at an NPS site fifty years ago—on July 4, 1960. Do you know which park had the honor of hosting that event?

Candlelight Tour at Fort McHenry National Monument Offers Rare Nighttime Look at the Fort

Living History program at Fort McHenry
Fort McHenry is best known as the birthplace of the "Star-Spangled Banner," but the old fort has seen a lot of other history in the years since its stone walls were completed in 1803. A special candlelight tour on December 5 will offer a rare chance to visit the fort after dark and see how Yuletide celebrations have changed during the past 200 years.

National Park Quiz 72: Forts

Let’s find out if you know your national park forts. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you man the ramparts.

Fort McHenry Gets a New Flagpole for Its Star and Stripes

The new 87-foot flagpole being installed. NPS photo by Benjamin Kreshtool.
Few places are more closely associated with the Stars and Stripes than Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and the park has a new flagpole that's a blend of modern technology and 19th century craftsmanship. It was installed in plenty of time for a special event on August 1st.

National Park Quiz 59: Only

This week’s quiz should take only a little while. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll enroll you in the Vinnie and Carmine Institute of Attitude Readjustment.
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