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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail council plans public meeting

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The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Advisory Council has scheduled a meeting for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. The National Park Service (NPS) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) announced the meeting in the Federal Register of Wednesday, June 18, 2014. The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which takes place at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, 10515 Mackall Rd, St. Leonard, Md. 20685.

The meeting will include a public comment period. Anybody who wishes to attend or speak should contact Partnership Coordinator Christine Lucero at the Chesapeake Bay Office, Christine_Lucero@nps.gov, (757) 258-8914. If you wish to speak, the council asks that you send a written summary of your remarks in advance. Also send your name, phone number, email address and any other identifying information.

The council has set aside half an hour for public comments at the end of the meeting, starting at 2:30 p.m. Comments will become part of the public record.

The agenda feature two main topics. The council will discuss its priorities for the coming years. It will also discuss the possibility of forming a “friends” group of citizens to promote and possibly raise money for the trail.

The trail commemorates the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. The campaign included everything from the British burning of Washington, DC to the Battle of Baltimore in the summer of 1814.

The council consists of 23 members who were appointed last fall by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. It has been focusing on commemorating the bicentennial of the war. The commission advises NPS and DoI about matters such as recreation, educational opportunities, trail development and public access to the trail. Members include representatives of the governments of DC, Maryland and Virginia as well as non-government interests.

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