Master Docent Series Presents a Star-Spangled Program

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The Frederick Historic Sites Consortium presents the annual Master Docent Series on February 15 and 16 on the campus of Frederick Community College, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, Maryland.  The program kicks off with free Star-Spangled program on Friday evening, and is followed by a day of workshops on history and related topics on Saturday.  While the workshop portion of the program is geared towards local museum docents, anyone who loves history is invited to participate.

“Much of this year’s programming relates to the local experience of two major conflicts: The War of 1812 and the American Civil War,” says Elizabeth Scott Shatto, coordinator for the Historic Sites Consortium.  “One other milestone anniversary will also be explored – the 80th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition,” she added.

Free Friday Night Program & Reception: More than Francis Scott Key, Frederick goes to War in 1812

This year's program opens with a free living history program, “More than Francis Scott Key, Frederick goes to War in 1812.” This keynote presentation will be offered to the public free of charge at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2012 in the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College. 

“Friday night’s program is a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy a live performance that will also enlighten the audience about Frederick at the time of the War of 1812,” said Shatto.  Viewers can discover the War of 1812 through the lives of Frederick citizens who experienced the Battle of Bladensburg, the 1814 emergency at Baltimore, and the presence of British prisoners at the Frederick (Hessian) Barracks. 

This lively program is suitable for all ages, and will include an historical introduction and a wrap up discussion on the role of research and authenticity in developing such programs.  Performers will interact with the audience during the program, and afterwards at a reception in the theater lobby.

This program will be performed by the Maryland Historical Society Players and members of the Ft. McHenry Guard.  Burton K. Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society, will provide historical context.  This program is made possible by National Park Service Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, in cooperation with the Maryland Historical Trust. 

The public is invited to a reception in the lobby immediately following the keynote program.        

Master Docent Series Workshops Include a Star-Spangled Surprise

FrancisScottKey-1 first final.jpgThe Master Docent Series workshops continue at the Frederick Community College Conference Center on Saturday, February 16 with a variety of sessions by history scholars, museum educators, and visitor services specialists. 

A variety of topics will be covered, including Gettysburg and Maryland’s Heart of the Civil War; The Mason-Dixon Line: The Stories Behind a Geographic Boundary; Wet and Dry: The Volstead Act in Frederick County;  250 years of Firefighting in Frederick County; Local Civil War History by Local Authors; Eliminating the Fear Factor:  Interpreting History for Teens; and Francis Scott Key’s Frederick.

According to Shatto, “Visitor interest in Francis Scott Key is growing as we approach the Bicentennial of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner in September, 2014.” During the “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick” session, participants will get a sneak peak at the newest heritage tourism product in development for Frederick.  On Flag Day 2013, the Tourism Council of Frederick County will unveil a series of interpretive waysides and exhibits to be installed at historic downtown locations associated with Key.  Docents will also learn more about a Star-Spangled surprise that will accompany the opening of the new displays.

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To attend the Saturday sessions, participants must register in advance or at the door.  Wednesday, February 6 is the pre-registration deadline. The all-day fee for Frederick County residents is $35, including lunch.  Early registration is encouraged.  However, registration will be accepted at the door as space allows. Download the brochure below for registration instructions.

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For a copy of the Master Docent Series Workshops brochure, including a registration form, stop by the Frederick Visitor Center at 151 S. East Street in Frederick, Maryland.  A downloadable version is also available. 

The Master Docent Series is a program of the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium with support from the Tourism Council of Frederick County and Plamondon Hospitality Sponsors. It is co-sponsored by the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies, a collaborative effort of the National Park Service and Frederick Community College.  Funding for the 2013 program is provided by the Tourism Council of Frederick County, the Maryland Heritage Areas Program, the Maryland Humanities Council and the National Park Service Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, in cooperation with the Maryland Historical Trust.

A sign language interpreter will be available upon request for programs.  Please contact Elizabeth Shatto at 301-600-4042 or two weeks prior to the event to request services. 

Questions about the Master Docent Series may be directed to Elizabeth Scott Shatto, Tourism Council of Frederick County, Consortium Coordinator, at (301) 600-4042, or


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