Star-Spangled banner, song to be reunited in DC

Star-Spangled banner, song to be reunited in DC

Credit: Getty Images

Four American Civil War veterans salute 'Old Glory'' , the star spangled banner at their annual dinner January 1924 at the London Tabernacle. Newington Butts, London, England. June 14, 2001 is Flag Day in the United States. (Photo by Getty Images)

Print
Email
|

by Jessica Gresko / Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 5:28 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The original, handwritten manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the flag that inspired the song’s lyrics will be displayed together at the Smithsonian in Washington, the first time the historic pieces are believed to have been shown side-by-side.

The manuscript is normally on display at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore and the flag has been at the Smithsonian since the early 1900s. They’ll be displayed together from Flag Day, June 14, through July 6.

The three-week display is the start of celebrations marking 200 years since the song was written on Sept. 14, 1814.

Bonnie Lilienfeld, a Smithsonian curator who’s working on the manuscript’s display in Washington, says she hopes the exhibit will help people think more about where the song’s words came from.

 

Print
Email
|