State announces millions in grants for War of 1812 commemoration

Maryland in midst of three-year commemoration campaign

April 10, 2013|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland will help sponsor eight festivals this year commemorating the War of 1812, an effort officials hope will boost tourism and economic development.

The state would put up $2.1 million in matching grants to various non-profits for 23 War of 1812 projects, Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr. and Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray announced Wednesday.

About $400,000 will help pay for the festivals, which run from late April through September and most of which are in rural areas, except for one in September, called "Star-Spangled Banner Weekend" in Baltimore. Details on that festival have not been released. Five additional festivals are planned for 2014.

The state began a three-year commemoration campaign related to the War of 1812 last year — other efforts include Sailabration in Baltimore, which officials tout as an economic and tourism booster.

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