Francis Scott Key Manuscript and Star-Spangled Banner Unite!

Francis Scott Key Manuscript and Star-Spangled Banner Unite!

Part of Smithsonian's "Raise It Up! Anthem for America"


Contact: Marketing Director Laura Rodini 410-685-3750 Ext. 322 

Smithsonian Flag Chamber
The Star-Spangled Banner flag and Francis Scott Key manuscript, united for the first time 
Image courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

BALTIMORE, June 12, 2014 --The Maryland Historical Society and Smithsonian's National Museum of American History are celebrating the bicentennial of the Star-Spangled Banner by uniting two of America's most iconic symbols: the flag itself, and Francis Scott Key's original manuscript, now on view at the National Museum of American History through July 6. This historic event is part of the Smithsonian's 'Raise It Up! Anthem for America' celebration, which will take place on Flag Day, June 14. 


"The marriage of that tiny document in Key's own hand and the giant flag in the Smithsonian's beautiful Flag Chamber is a once in a lifetime thrill!" says Burt Kummerow, President of the Maryland Historical Society who will be speaking at the June 14 event.


The complete schedule of Flag Day, June 14 events are as follows:


At 2:30 p.m. EDT, the National Museum of American History will host a concert on its National Mall terrace, which will feature appearances by Kristen Capolino, Carlene Carter, a 400-person choir conducted by Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow Francisco Núñez, The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Colonel Larry Lang, Smithsonian Folkways' Little Bit A Blues Band and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet. Martin O'Malley, the governor of Maryland, and Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough will also be on hand to "Raise It Up!" and during the 4 p.m. singing of the anthem.


The Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps will perform popular War of 1812 pieces by the Constitution Avenue entrance at 10 a.m. and noon and immediately after the concert on the museum's Mall terrace.


The "Anthem for America" concert will be shared worldwide with a 90-minute webcast culminating in a moment of unity as Americans stop to sing the Anthem across the country. It will be streamed live on ESPN3 and YouTube from 2:30 to 4 p.m. EDT. To view the webcast, click here


WHAT: Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem, with "Raise It Up! Anthem for America," a concert on the National Mall and online sing-along.


WHEN: Saturday, June 14
2 p.m.: Ribbon cutting
2:30 p.m.: "Anthem for America" concert 


WHERE: Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
Constitution Avenue entrance


WHO: Wayne Clough, Secretary, Smithsonian Institution
Martin O'Malley, governor of Maryland
Burt Kummerow, president, Maryland Historical Society 


A Moment Of History

Star Spangled Banner Manuscript
"The Star-Spangled Banner," manuscript by Francis Scott Key, 1814, Maryland Historical Society, 54315, will be at the Smithsonian through July 6, 2014


For the complete history of Francis Scott Key, his iconic manuscript, and the Battle of Baltimore, click here.


The Manuscript's Other Travel Dates


The manuscript will return to its permanent home at the Maryland Historical Society on July 7, 2014 and will be away again on loan from September 6, 2014 through September 14, 2014 at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine for the Star-Spangled Spectacular celebrations.


O Say Can You See! Star-Spangled Spectacular is a free festival that celebrates the 200th anniversary of our national anthem. Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the Blue Angels will come to Baltimore's famed Inner Harbor to celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner. Landside festivals include living history demonstrations, a family fun-zone, live musical performances, and Chesapeake food and beverage. Events crescendo on September 13 with a star-studded patriotic concert and extraordinary fireworks display over Fort McHenry and the Baltimore harbor. For more information, please visit


For a complete list of events at the Maryland Historical Society, visit 


About The Maryland Historical Society


Founded in 1844, The Maryland Historical Society Museum and Library occupies an entire city block in the Mount Vernon district of Baltimore. The society's mission is to "collect, preserve, and interpret the objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse cultural heritage." The Society is home to the original manuscript of the Star-Spangled Banner and publishes a quarterly titled "Maryland Historical Magazine." Visit


For more details, contact Marketing Director Laura Rodini at or by phone: 410-685-3750 ext. 322.