Tag Archives: War of 1812

Star Spangled Banner Trail Opens in Bladensburg

8 Jun

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Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez attended another ribbon cutting just down the street from our office to celebrate the opening of the Star Spangled Banner Trail in Maryland. The event, held at Bladenburg’s Waterfront Park included an unfurling of a full-size replica of the Star Spangled Banner and such luminaries as Governor Martin O’Malley, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, County Executive Rushern Baker and other local politicians. Aeon and Independent Custom Metalworks of Bladensburg donated a replica of a Congreve Rocket to the visitor center and have been supporting related local tourism efforts by the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area and the Potomac River Heritage Tourism Alliance.

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New Potomac River Heritage Tourism Visitor Center

3 Jun

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In a rare example of public private cooperation, Tanger Outlet and the Peterson Companies have supported local heritage tourism efforts by integrating local history into the new Tanger Outlets at National Harbor. On June 3 the Prince George’s County African American Heritage Preservation Group opened a new visitor center and memorial garden called Experience Salubria. The visitor center includes archeological exhibits and interpretive signage on the rich cultural, historical, and natural legacy in the County along the Potomac River as well as telling the story of the plantation on which the outlet mall sits. Bronze plaques are located within the mall and a memorial garden featuring a designed landscape, interpretive signs, and historic wall fragments is located on the grounds. The Washington Post did a nice article on the grand opening. Aeon principal Alfonso Narvaez helped win a Star Spangled 200 grant from the State of Maryland to pay for interpretive signage on the War of 1812 history nearby and spoke briefly during the opening day ceremonies about this history. The ribbon cutting featured many local politicians including County Executive Rushern Baker, Delegates Jolene Ivey, Jay Walker, and Obie Patterson as well as Native American representatives from the Piscataway Conoy.

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Macedonian Monument – Before and After

16 May

Our teaming partner Harry Abramson from Direct Dimensions sent us this great pair of before and after pics of the monument.

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Macedonian Monument Project at the U.S. Naval Academy: Cannons Installed

24 Apr

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Aeon has completed the restoration of the Macedonian Monument for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. This year-long project has involved a wide range of services from laser scanning and non-destructive evaluation, concrete restoration and the conservation of bronze plaques, to replication of the original figurehead in mahogany and treatment of the four 18th century cannon. The cannons have just finished a five month process of paint removal and electrolytic reduction to remove all traces of chlorides from deep within the cast iron. The final steps included a phosphoric acid treatment to stabilize the surface prior to painting. Following treatment many details emerged from the old corroded surface that were never visible before. The rededication of this War of 1812 monument is scheduled for April 25.