"They're swingin' everything else—why not nursery rhymes?" stated Ella Fitzgerald while dancing around the room showcasing some new dance...
In the Archives Center, jazz always seems to be a topic of discussion, whether it be a researcher looking for the Duke Ellington Collection...
Red thread is woven in and out of leather, uniting two different pieces into a single object that represents America's favorite pastime and...

Blog Posts in "Star-Spangled Banner"

Sheet music cover
On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional act that made Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner" the...
Fireworks display
Fort McHenry is hallowed ground in United States history. It is of course best known as the scene of a siege during the War of 1812, a...
Rock fragment labelled "Broken from the Mother Rock..."
Intrigued by a piece of charred wood in the museum's First Ladies exhibition, intern Auni Gelles explores the story behind this slice of...
War of 1812 re-enactors in white and blue uniforms fire a canon in front of the museum
On Flag Day 2014, the museum kicked off bicentennial commemorations of a great American symbol—Francis Scott Key's song, "The Star-Spangled...
"The Star-Spangled Banner" song turns 200 this year. As part of her work on the upcoming Smithsonian Channel film A Star-Spangled...
Handwritten manuscript by Francis Scott Key, on yellowed paper
You may not have heard of Baltimore's Indian Queen Hotel, but it plays an important role in the story of "The Star-Spangled Banner" song....
At the Super Bowl, Renee Fleming prepares to sing in a black and white dress
As part of our blog series about the Star-Spangled Banner leading up to Raise It Up! Anthem for America on Flag Day 2014, curator...
In this 1911 postcard created by the National American Woman Suffrage Association, the stars on the flag represent states that have voted for suffrage.
Hat on or off? Right or left hand? What if it gets dirty? These are some typical questions people have about customs and rules surrounding...
Red, white, and blue food (puddings, candies, lollipops) displayed on a table
A friend of mine is getting married this year on June 14. When she told me, I got really excited. "You're getting married on Flag Day?!...
Flag in dark room at angle
The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. Huge, vibrant, and rich in history, most Americans are...
Needles, scissors, pins, and chatelaine from the, early 1800s, of the type Pickersgill and her assistants would have used to make the flag.
Two hundred years ago, an African American girl made history—literally. She was an indentured servant named Grace Wisher in the household...
This summer, we're celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner with Raise It Up! Anthem for America. On Flag Day,...
US postage stamp including two flags and the face of Francis Scott Key
Our National Anthem. It's a song that, in this writer's opinion, says much of what you need to know about the United States of America. It...
If you are visiting D.C. this summer, you have the chance to be part of some amazing events.The Fourth of July lights up the National Mall...
We all know the colors of the American flag. But how did those colors physically come to fly on flagpoles and inspire national anthems?...
A flag that has survived actual "bombs bursting in air" can surely survive anything, right? You’d be surprised. Maintaining the Star-...