Stitching History: Recreating the Star Spangled Banner

Two hundred years ago Mary Pickersgill and 5 others sewed for 6 weeks to create the 30 x 42 feet flag known as The Star Spangled Banner. This is the flag that was flown over Fort McHenry on the morning of September 14, 1813 after the naval portion of the Battle of Baltimore and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which was later retitled to “The Star Spangled Banner” and became the national anthem of the United States of America.

The Maryland Historical Society is recreating the flag during the same 6 week period beginning July 4, 2013. The recreated flag will be flown at Fort McHenry on Defender’s Day, September 14, 2013.

This morning at Mimi Dietrich’s grad school class we basted the 15 stars to prepare them to be appliqued to the blue field. Each star is 2 feet wide from point to point.

There is a kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to pay for the flag’s recreation. The goal is $10,000 by July 31, 2013.

Read about the project at the Maryland Historical Society.

The original flag is at the Smithsonian.

Read about the history of the flag and its creation at Wikipedia.

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One Response to “Stitching History: Recreating the Star Spangled Banner”

  1. acityquilter Says:

    i read about this project before i saw it here…it is fascinating! if i were there i’d definitely add a few stitches of my own….what a memory to have!

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