Maryland Historical Society Recreates Iconic Flag from National Anthem

Baltimore finds a new way to relive history as the Historical Society recreates iconic flag from the Star Spangled Banner.

Over 200 years ago, a famous Baltimore flag maker hand stitched the very American flag that served as the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner. Now, two centuries later, hundreds of people are helping remake the very flag behind our National Anthem.

Recreating the American Flag

Project coordinators expect the flag to take a total of six weeks to finish, which they began on the Fourth of July. Volunteers are hand sewing the flag and estimated to complete over 150,000 stitches in the iconic American flag. When finished, the flag will stretch to about the size of a quarter of a basketball court.

The public is invited to help on a few select days. Over 100 citizens have already signed up for a chance to participate in this historical event. Community members can also help through donations to support the $12,000 cost of the flag.

When the flag is eventually done, it won’t look like your typical 13-stripe American flag we fly today. Instead, the flag will have 15 stripes and 15 stars that represent the number of states in the Union at the time the flag was originally made. When the flag was flying over Fort McHenry 200 years ago, the sight of Old Glory is what inspired Francis Scott Key to write his famous lyrics to our National Anthem.

This is not the first time Marylanders have remade the US banner. Back in 1964, a replica was sewn for the New York World’s Fair. The flag now sits tucked away a Pickersgill’s house, which is also a museum. Lots of research and planning went into their current project to make sure the flag dimensions were just right.

Credit: Huffington Post

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