The War of 1812

The following curriculum aids were submitted by Roots of a Nation’s participating teachers and TAH program leaders to provide classroom educators with additional resources to make this subject matter come to life for their students.

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Resources for Teachers

The Chesapeake Bay served as the backdrop for several pivotal engagements during the War of 1812. In addition to the United States’ stirring defense of Fort McHenry, the War featured several major naval engagements on the Patuxent River as British forces sailed up the tributary prior to their invasion of Washington, D.C. Roots of a Nation courses focusing on the War of 1812 include:

  • Pirates or Patriots? – Calvert Marine Museum, in conjunction with the Maryland Historical Society – This one-day workshop focuses on the role that privateers played in harassing Royal Navy vessels during the War of 1812. The program features visits to several displays at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore and interactions with several experts in the field.
  • Overview of the War of 1812: The Conflict That Forged a Nation – Calvert Marine Museum – Working with noted War of 1812 historian Dr. Ralph Eshelman, this two-day workshop introduces teachers to the underlying causes of the War of 1812 and features a visit to the world-class archaeological lab at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, where teachers observe and interact with dozens of artifacts from this pivotal conflict.
  • The War of 1812 in Maryland – Calvert Marine Museum – This week-long seminar features an in-depth study of the War of 1812 in Maryland, including hands-on visits to numerous battle sites along the Patuxent River as well as a visit to Washington, D.C. to learn about the British invasion of our nation’s capital. Teachers work extensively with War of 1812 re-enactors as well as noted experts on this conflict including Dr. Ralph Eshelman and Donald Shomette.