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PBS - The War of 1812. Watch for free online. Option for online viewing can be found in upper right hand corner.

PBS - The War of 1812. Watch for free online. Option for online viewing can be found in upper right hand corner.

Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key writes his famous poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.

Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key writes his famous poem "The Star-Spangled Banner" after witnessing the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in Maryland.

Crabtree Publishing | Great resources for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Crabtree Publishing | Great resources for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is getting lots of attention in Erie, where the Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara help to tell the story of one of our least understood historical eras. CollegeHumor produced this video which illustrates what most of us don’t know and what the folks in Erie are working so hard to remedy. #parody

The bicentennial of the War of 1812 is getting lots of attention in Erie, where the Erie Maritime Museum and Flagship Niagara help to tell the story of one of our least understood historical eras. CollegeHumor produced this video which illustrates what most of us don’t know and what the folks in Erie are working so hard to remedy. #parody

Smithsonian's Star Spangled Banner Project site.  Lots of great info on the song, and all of the historical significance

Smithsonian's Star Spangled Banner Project site. Lots of great info on the song, and all of the historical significance