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DECK LOG Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Ways to Participate

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he bicentennial of the War of 18 12 is now at hand, and the Natio nal Mari time Historical Society has been working diligently with groups across No rth America and in E ngland planning events and educational activities, and pub lishing War of 18 12 history articles. Soon we will be releasing Our Flag Uias Still There, a highly readable history of the conflict written by War of 18 12 historian and author W illiam H . W hi te and a guide to commemo rative events yo u won't want to miss. These commem orative offerings marking America's "second war for independence" inspire the public to learn more about our nation's histo ry and, specifically, about the role our m aritime heritage plays in our national story. We urge you to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, from authoritative books and educational conferences to The Brig N iagara on Lake Erie. museum exhibits, 18 12-era replica ship po rt visits, and reenactments from New Orleans to the G reat Lakes and Canada. All provide excellent opportunities for authors, teachers, museums, organizations, and ships to share the important lessons of our seafarin g heritage. There will be no shortage of spectacle in the bicentennial celebratio ns; O pSail and the Naval History and H eritage Command are organizing a spectacular Tall Ships Parade of Sail up the East Coast, starting in New Orleans in Apri l and visiting ports in Norfolk, Baltimore, N ew York, Boston, and New Lo ndon before heading to the G reat Lakes. There will be call sh ips and gray hulls, Blue Angels air shows, fireworks, and festivals. The War of 18 12 dem onst ra ted to Americans the val ue ofastrong navy. W illiam H . W hite, who no t only penned Our Flag Uias Still There, but also has been covering the W ar of 181 2 in Sea History, declares that "the strong personalities of our early naval offi cers and their actions, when faced with conflict, undoubtedly co ntributed to why the fledgling American navy survived. They wo uld win by audacity, co nfidence, and co urage." Look to the N MHS website at www. seahistory.org fo r infor m atio n o n 18 12 commemorative activiti es throughout the coming year. There, yo u'll see events and activities listed by date and locatio n, plus . . . resources, links, and updated inform ation Reenactment of the Battle ofMzsszssznewa as the year goes by, and look for even mo re features and improvements in o ur website in the new year. In addition to www.seahistory.org, we encourage yo u to visit the US Navy's website on the War of 18 12 bicentenni al at www.o urflagwass tillthere.org. M ost of the big events will start in the spring, but yo u can prepare by learnin g more about the history of the War of 18 12 in Sea History and online. Plus, look fo r Our Flag Uias Still There-available on our website in D ecember. Sea History will co ntinue to feature info rmation on a wide range of angles of the War of 18 12 through 201 4, including perspectives from the UK, Canada, and the civilian population , plus a look at the music, art, and culture in spired by these important events. We are excited to contin ue learning m o re about it together. -Burchenal Green, President

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NATIONAL MARITIME HISTORICAL SOCIETY

PU BLISH E R'S C IRCLE: Peter Aro n, G uy E.

C. Ma itland, W il liam H . W hite OFFICERS & T RUSTEES : Chairman, Ro nald L. Oswald ; Vice Chairman, Ri chard o R . Lo pes; President, Burchenal G reen; Vice Presidents, De irdre O ' Regan, Na ncy Sc hn aa rs; Treasurer, H owa rd Slo tni ck; Secretary, Thom as F. Daly Trustees: C harl es B. And erso n; Walter R. Brow n; RADM Joseph F. Callo, USNR (Rer.); James Car ter; D avid S. Fowler; W illiam Jackso n G reen; Virgini a Steele G rubb ; Karen H el merso n; Ro bert Kamm; Ri chard M . Larrabee; Capr. Sally C hin M cElwreath , USN R (Rer.); James J . McNamara; Mi chael W M o rrow; T imothy ]. Runyan; Richard Scarano; Phi lip J. Shapiro; Brad fo rd D . Smith; H. C. Bowe n Smith ; Cesa re Soria; Ph ilip J . Webster; D aniel W. W halen; W illi am H . White; Jean Wo rt Chairmen Emeriti, Wa lter R. Brown, Alan G. C hoate, G uy E. C. Maitl and , Howard Slotnick; President Emeritus, Peter Stanford FOUN D ER: Karl Kortum (191 7-1996) OVERSEERS: Chairman, RADM David C. Brown; C live C ussler, Richard du Mo ul in , Alan D. Hutchison, Jakob lsbrandtse n, Gary Jobson , Sir Robin Kn ox-Johnston, Jo h n Lehman, Brian McAl lister, John Stobart, W ill iam Winterer N MHS ADVISO RS : Chairman, M elbourne Smith; D. K. Abbass, Geo rge Bass, O swald Bren, Francis J . Duffy, John S. Ewald , T imothy Foo re, W illiam Gi lkerson, Steven A. H ym an, J . Russell Jinishian, H ajo Knuttel , Gunnar Lu ndeberg, Joseph A. M aggio, Co nrad Milster, W illiam G . M uller, Stuart Parnes, Lori Di llard Rech, Na ncy Hughes Ri chardson, Bert Rogers, Joyce Huber Smirh

SEA HISTORY EDIT ORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Chairman, Timothy J. Runyan; N o r m a n J. Brouwe r, Rob e rr Bro w nin g, W illiam S. Dudley, Daniel Finamore, Kevin Foster, John Odin Jensen, Josep h F. M ea ny, Lisa No rling, C arla Rah n Ph illips, Walter Rybka, Quemin Snediker, W illiam H . Wh ite NMH S STAF F: Executive D irector, Burchenal G reen ; Membership D irector, Nancy Schn aa rs; Communications D irector, Suzanne Isakse n; Marketing D irector, Steve Lovass-Nagy; Accounting, Jill Romeo; Store Sales & Volunteer Coordinator, Jane M aurice

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