A new exhibit on the War of 1812 kicked off this month at the U.S. Naval Academy to offer a historic collection of art, artifacts and ship models from the era. is free and open daily for the public to visit in Annapolis.
William Marks from the Naval Academy spoke with Fox45 News this month about what makes the War of 1812 important to American history, including the formation of our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Some of the historical pieces on display include a piece of a flag that was on board the U.S.S. Constitution, large portions of old ships, and several displays explaining the rich history of the era surrounding the war.
"Come to Annapolis to see the sea anchor from the USS Constitution, boarding weapons used in the war, and the actual carved wooden figureheads from the USS Chesapeake and the HMS Shannon, plus many other works of art and artifacts that combine to tell the stories and history of the War that established the U.S. Navy as a global sea power," according to a press release on the event.
Touring the exhibit takes less than an hour depending on how long you spend on each artifact, Marks said. The exhibit will continue to run until Nov. 3 at Mahan Hall.
For more information about the exhibit, check the Naval Academy's official website.
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