Maryland Humanities Council

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The Battle of Baltimore and the Birth of the Anthem

Vince Vaise will detail the causes of the War of 1812, why Baltimore was the subject of the British attack, and how soldiers, sailors, free African-Americans and civilians banded together to save their city. Audiences will learn how Francis Scott Key's words still resonate with us today. Adult audiences.

Vincent Vaise is Chief of Interpretation at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site. A 17-year veteran of the National Park Service, Vaise earned a Bachelor’s in History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While a Park Ranger at Fort McHenry, he has published articles in the Journal of the War of 1812, organized training sessions for staff and volunteers involving leading scholars of the War of 1812, coordinated the park’s living history unit, The Fort McHenry Guard, and staged special events throughout the year. His most recent projects include exhibit development in the new Visitor and Education Center at Fort McHenry and exhibits in the Slave and Tenant Farmers' Quarters at Hampton National Historic Site.