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1812 Committee Launches Event Planning Efforts

Havre de Grace's War of 1812 Committee is working toward a May 2013 event.

The logo on some  publications is about to change.

It's one small step of what will be a series of visible changes and behind-the-scenes efforts by the committee appointed to coordinate the city's bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812.

A new logo (see image with this article post) will be used on various documents and publications the committee and the city will use leading up to the bicentennial events, planned for the first weekend in May 2013.

“This logo was produced with a tag line to outline our role in the War of 1812. These terms, Resolve, Resilience, Remembrance, outline chapters of our story," City Councilman Bill Martin said in a statement. 

Read more Patch coverage of the War of 1812 bicentennial.

Bill Watson of designed the logo, which is also being used on .

Havre de Grace Manager of Marketing and Tourism said: "We are excited to be able to display the logo design on letterhead, business cards, banners and flags to brand and build partnerships to tell our story and commemorate the War of 1812."

According to the statement, the committee includes two City Council members and one member of the following groups: Havre de Grace Tourism Advisory Board, Economic Development Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Committee, Arts Commission, , , , , 4th of July Committee, Havre de Grace Main Street, , , , Harford County Office of Tourism, Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce, , and the .

The committee will plan events for the celebration.

Havre de Grace was attacked on May 3, 1813 at , where it was defended by John O'Neill, who used before he was captured. Much of the town was burned by the British.

Biller's Bikes July 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Celebrating 1813 is akin to celebrating 1783 (final year of the Revolutionary War). Not sure who is going to get it. The logo gives the fleeting impression (the impression license plates give are as fleeting as it gets) that Havre de Grace, MD was founded in 1813 and is celebrating its 200th anniversary. An interesting message gets lost in a confusing bicentennial tie-in; it's just not good communication. Spending taxpayers dollars to print in on a host of letterheads, flags and banners, well, seems like something the City Council should have had a look at.
William Watson July 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Councilman Martin, Tourism Manager Peters and the other volunteers associated with this both worthwhile and important effort. Havre de Grace is taking appropriate steps in recognizing their unique position in history. Both the State of Maryland and the National Park Service recognize it as well and we are indeed fortunate to have their support in this celebration. Havre de Grace citizens have always felt a sense of pride when it comes to their history and unique standing in the region. This bicentennial effort is just one more reflection of that well-deserved pride. Regarding the logo, I am both humbled and honored to have been asked to design and donate it to the City. I was fortunate to have direction from Councilman Martin who is well-versed as a history teacher. This celebration not only embraces our history but it affords our citizens, once again, the opportunity to share in an overwhelmingly positive effort on the part of our ever-growing volunteer base. It is indeed the work of our well-intentioned, positive-minded citizens that are the rising tide that lifts this boat called Havre de Grace.
Brian July 19, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I have to agree with Walter. The design, as nice as it is, is very misleading. I too interpret it as Havre de Grace was founded in 1812. I'm not sure what it cost me as a tax payer and resident of Havre de Grace to apply this "symbol" to new letter head. but I'm sure it was not significant. However, It would be nice to know. Seems a well-intentioned, positive - minded citizen could handle some constructive criticism with out implying that fiscal skeptics are less than patriotic and willing to further the potential of our awesome city Havre de Grace.
Tom Fitzpatrick July 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I just want to know when the DMV is going to come across with the license plates! And, I'm glad we have a local committee, one as diverse as this. Time to bring the whole town into the celebration!
Sean Welsh July 20, 2012 at 04:50 PM
To clarify—as I've done in the article above—the letterhead/documents to feature the logo will be for promotion of the War of 1812 commemoration. Not all city documents will feature the new logo, I'm told. A private $2,000 donation toward the bicentennial commemoration will pay for the implementation of the logo on documents, committee members said. Those details weren't initially clear. -Sean

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