The War of 1812 Lecture Series: Songs, Indian Viewpoints & Images

The lecture series, “War of 1812: A Legacy of Division,” continues through February 2014 at the College of Southern Maryland in Prince Frederick. Talks place at 3 p.m. Sundays in the auditorium of the “B” building.

On Jan. 19, Dr. Donald Fixico of Arizona State University will discuss conflicting American Indian views on the War of 1812. Fixico, a Native scholar from Oklahoma with Shawnee, Sac and Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole heritage, has worked on 20 documentaries about American Indians, including “The War of 1812” and “Tecumseh and the War of 1812.”

On Feb. 23, Dr. Sidney Hart will present the War of 1812 through the lens of portraiture and images. Hart is the senior historian at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and curator of “1812: A Nation Emerges.”

The lectures last about an hour. Post-lecture discussions led by either Dr. Ralph Eshelman or Dr. Bradley Gottfried will facilitate a dialogue between the presenter and his audience.

Admission is free. The series is presented by the Maryland Humanities Council, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, Star Spangled 200, College of Southern Maryland and the Calvert Marine Museum'

Written in Bone

CSI Chesapeake? Not exactly. But forensic studies have revealed an amazing

amount of detail about life in the 17-century Bay region. There’s still time to catch “Written in Bone,” an excellent exhibition on the topic offered through Jan. 6 at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

The exhibition especially looks at European and African remains found at the Jamestown settlement in Virginia and the clues that document details of their lives and deaths in difficult conditions. For details and a digital preview, visit The Smithsonian museum is located in Washington, DC. Admission is free.

Maple Syrup? Pour it On.

Like maple syrup? What about maple donuts, maple-glazed chicken and maple candy? Then mark your calendar for the 56th annual Highland Maple Festival in Highland County, VA. You can visit maple sugar camps in scenic mountain country, browse arts and crafts, and take in some bluegrass music and clogging. The festival takes place on March 8, 9, 15 and 16. Information is listed on Facebook, or at Visitors can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 540-468-2550.

The 44th Annual Maple Syrup Demonstration — along with a hot pancake and sausage breakfast — takes place on the same March weekends at Cunningham Falls State Park in Frederick County, MD. Watch demonstrations of syrup-making, take part in children’s games or listen to live music in large heated tents. For information, call 301-271-3423 or visit

Or, take a “Tour of the Sugar Bush” during Maple Sugaring Weekend at Richard Nixon Park in Jacobus, PA, Feb. 22 and 23. Other activities include crafts, stories, self-guided hikes along the Quiet Walk and Hardwood trails. Sugar Bush tours take place hourly and include hands-on demonstrations. For details, call 717-428-1961 or visit