| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Decades of careful restoration and study have revealed a lot about the flag that flew over Fort McHenry after its defenders fought off a naval attack during the War of 1812: the swatches taken as mementos of the pivotal battle, the areas worn by time,...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 2:50 PM
WASHINGTON It's hard to sing and sometimes hard to remember.
"The Star-Spangled Banner" is a challenge for even professional singers, who have stumbled over it at venues like the Super Bowl.
But it is also the national anthem, the patriotic musical...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Two years ago, during bicentennial commemorations for the War of 1812, I was struck by how important the waterfront is to Baltimore. That might seem like an odd thing for a Baltimorean to say, but unless you own waterfront property, work near it or...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:52 PM
Two years ago, Baltimore rolled out the red carpet, and then some, for the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to commemorate what some have called the second war for American independence.
This year, they'll be...
| May 29, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Among the generations of fine ancestors Dennis Ayers discovered while climbing through the branches of his family tree are a "witch" and an "Indian-slayer." Then there's the 11th-century tale of the origin of his family name with William the Conqueror's...
| May 30, 2014
| 6:41 PM
Archaeologist Julie Schablitsky has stared at many relics unearthed from Maryland's landscape.
Rarely, she says, has one stared back.
But that happened Friday at a sprawling farm in rural Charles County that holds the graves of 23 people who are...
| May 17, 2014
There are two ghosts in "Family of Flagmakers," an exhibit at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House about the lives of the women who made the flag immortalized in verse by Francis Scott Key.
"Family of Flagmakers" is described as the first exhibit ever to...
| May 20, 2014
| 4:49 PM
For three years there have been no diamond rolls or sneak passes in the skies above Annapolis.
That's changing this week as the Blue Angels elite aerobatic team returns to the Naval Academy for an air show scheduled for Wednesdayweather permitting,...
| May 23, 2014
| 6:46 PM
| May 6, 2014
| 6:00 AM
A famous American, Benjamin Franklin, is credited with coining the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.” And though no one famous is taking credit for it, in Canada, they’ve turned that around: “A penny destroyed is money in...
| May 8, 2014
| 11:01 AM
Renée Fleming is donating the Vera Wang gown she wore to perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl game to the Smithsonian in Washington. The National Museum of American History will display the gown starting June 14.
The gown -- which is...