You can help stitch a recreation of the original American Flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem.
At celebration at Ft. McHenry National Monument and Shrine on July 4, The Maryland Historical Society began recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag.
The flag is an authentic reproduction of the original that volunteer stitchers will complete. The start of the project was heralded with great fanfare by canon fire and living history re-enactors in 1812 era dress including the ‘first stitch’ sewn by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
“Today I have the honor of adding the ‘first stitch’ to a flag that the Maryland Historical Society and a team of over 150 volunteer stitchers are making,” Rawlings–Blake said. “They are recreating Mary Pickersgill’s flag, completely by hand, using authentic fabrics and stitching techniques that Mary would have used 200 years ago. And here’s the kicker: they’re doing it in the exact same timeframe that Mary did – just six weeks.”