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"Facing The Great War": Baltimore Students Explore Fort McHenry's World War I Legacy

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If you think Maryland’s spectacular celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 told you all the interesting history of Fort McHenry, think again. A century ago, another armed conflict was starting in Europe, a combat that would grow into the first World War. A hospital at Fort McHenry would care for the American wounded of that war. We get a chance to learn more about the hospital, the fort, and the impact of the war through a collaboration among the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Maryland Historical Society and the National Park Service, which runs Fort McHenry. Stage production and acting students have been working with theater faculty, researching the period and the result is three short plays that will be performed at Fort McHenry this Saturday and next week.

With us to talk about it is Norah Worthington, Baltimore School for the Arts resident costumer and coordinater for this project. With her are two theatre production students, Garry Mogge and Greg Parker. Also with us is David Armenti, student research coordinator at the Maryland Historical Society.

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"A Man May Be Down But He's Never Out!" Home Service Fund Campaign. Salvation Army, 1919. MdHS, Oversized World War I Poster.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.