The “Star Spangled Banner” is such an important symbol from the War of 1812 that the Maryland Historical Society will be making a replica of the flag that inspired the song.
Starting on July 4, 2013, the society will be using authentic materials to stich the 30- by 42-foot flag immortalized in Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner.”
According to a press release from the MdHS, over 100 quilters recruited from around the world will be using the “traditional stitching techniques that Mary Pickersgill used 200 years ago.”
When finished, the flag will then fly over Fort McHenry and will be part of the 2014 Flag Day celebration at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
The general public will be invited to Fort McHenry to add a stitch to the flag on Saturday, Aug. 3, and Sunday, Aug. 11. See www.mdhs.org/events for details and to sign up.