Teachers from Harford and Cecil counties and Baltimore City and the general public will gather at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to immerse themselves in the new War of 1812 curriculum that has been developed to mark the conflict's bicentennial.

In the afternoon, teachers will be free to visit the five Havre de Grace history museums to explore field trip options. The city is also holding its annual Graw Days celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harford County Executive David Craig will kick off the event at 9 a.m. with a Keynote Address, "Terrorism on the Home Front 19th Century Style."

Teachers will then break into groups divided by grade level to explore the new curriculum packet, "Defense of Our Nation: Maryland's Role in the War of 1812."


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The guide, developed by Baltimore National Heritage Area War of 1812 Bicentennial Education and Curriculum Committee, serves as a single-source text and reference for conducting classroom history lessons on the War of 1812 and the role that Marylanders played in our nation's second war for independence, according to Pat Perluke, char of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, Education and Curriculum Committee.

Teachers representing the three involved school districts will lead the workshops and will also introduce lesson plans created specifically addressing the role of Havre de Grace, which became embroiled in the conflict when British Adm. George Cockburn sailed up the Chesapeake Bay and set fire to the city on the morning of May 3, 1813 as retribution for flying the American flag.

From 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, teachers attending the workshop can visit Havre de Grace's five museums: the Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper's House, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, and the Skipjack Martha Lewis.

Thanks to grants from the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, these five museums - along with the Steppingstone Museum and the Havre de Grace Visitor's Center - will play host to special 1812 exhibits to mark the bicentennial. Teachers will be encouraged to bring their students back to these museums during the three-year commemoration for field trips and hands-on learning opportunities.

Portions of this event and the creation of the Teacher's Resource Guide were made possible by grants from the Maryland Humanities Council and the Baltimore National Heritage Area.