Maryland Community News
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Grants help fund War of 1812 bicentennial
by Timothy Sandoval Staff writer
On October 4, Lieut. Gov. Anthony Brown presented 22 grants totaling $1.5 million to nonprofit and government groups statewide for projects that help preserve or celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The grants will go toward visitor experience, education and other development projects for grantees.
One of the grant was Anacostia Trails Heritage Area (ATHA) in Hyattsville, which received $15,000 for landscaping, banners and other fixtures for self-guided tours around the area where of the Battle of Bladensburg was fought.
"The War of 1812 in the Chesapeake and the writing of `The Star-Spangled Banner' are important chapters in our history as a state and as a nation," Brown said in a written statement. "I want to thank the grant recipient organizations for their commitment to telling this story and using these funds to invest in community revitalization, tourism development and job growth in Maryland."
The grants are funded through money from surcharges on Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins, corporate donations and state money.