As the state of Maryland continues to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Town of Brookeville Bicentennial Commission will be offering a special symposium set for March 29, from 9 am- 3:15 pm at the Sandy Spring Friends School’s Performing Arts Center (16923 Norwood Road in Sandy Spring.) Students, history enthusiasts and serious scholars alike will have an opportunity to learn more about the burning of Washington, DC, during the War of 1812 and the role of the town of Brookeville, a Quaker settlement in Maryland’s Montgomery County, which became known as “United States Capital for a Day.” The cost of the symposium for the general public will be $20.00 until March 15 and $25.00 afterward and for students, $15.00 until March 15 and $20.00 afterwards. The event includes lunch; parking is free and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for the symposium, log onto www.USCapitalforaDay.org.
Sandra Heiler, Chairman, Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and one of the featured speakers, will kick-off the Symposium followed by a number of experts including: David Hildebrand, PhD., Director, The Colonial Music Institute; Anthony Pitch, Author of The Burning of Washington; William Bushong, VP, Research & Digital Media, White House Historical Association; Megan O’Hern, Staff Researcher, Maryland State Archives; Catherine Lavoie, Chief, Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service; Bob Hines, Educator, Historian and Field Director, Brookeville Archaeology Project; and Steve Vogel, Author of Through the Perilous Fight.
The event is sponsored by the Brookeville War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and is made possible by grants from the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, as well as the generous donation of the use of their Performing Arts Center by the Sandy spring Friends School.
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