The Country is gearing up for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and to help you get ready, we suggest checking out the following resources from around the Web. Whether you’re a tried and true history buff, or just looking to learn a little more, the following sites have got you covered.

War of 1812 Bicentennial

The New Orleans National Park Service  War of 1812 bicentennial web page on sites and programs relating to the Battle of New Orleans and Chalmette Battlefield.

The Star Spangled Banner

The Smithsonian invites you to discover the history of The Star Spangled Banner through an interactive experience that delves not only into the song itself, but the history of our flag, and the legacy of both. The site also provides an in-depth look at the War of 1812, and allows visitors to quiz their knowledge about the time period and share their thoughts about what the flag means to them.

Our Flag Was Still There: The War of 1812 Bicentennial Site

A comprehensive guide to the commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, including history, information about celebrations around the country and links to all major Naval sites, as well as historical and educational resources from around the Web.

OpSail 2012

OpSail (Operation Sail) is a non-profit organization that devotes itself to the commemoration of American naval history through it’s partnership with both the Navy and the Naval History & Heritage Command (NHHC), and it’s production of tall ship events throughout the world. Explore the history of OpSail, their collection of tall ships, and the organization’s plans for a nationwide celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 through the “Star Spangled Sail.”

The Historic New Orleans Collection: Battle of New Orleans Resources

A massive archive of artifacts, historical documents, artwork and information on the Battle of New Orleans from the Historic New Orleans Collection. The HNOC’s online catalog is easy to navigate and provides an extensive and informative look at the historic battle. The site also includes links to additional institutions and organizations throughout the world with similar collections of resources for the War of 1812.

A Sailor’s Life for Me!

fantastic educational resource for kids about the history of the War of 1812. This interactive site allows kids to relive life on the USS Constitution through games, colorful text, and exciting activities. The site also includes information for educators looking to build curriculum for their students about the War of 1812.

Gumbo and Gris Gris: The Astonishing Story of the Battle of New Orleans

A bit of New Orleans’ history, brought to you by goNOLA.com