The Star-Spangled Banner

Calendar of Events Fall 2014

Editor’s Note: All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

September

Featured Events

Raise a Glass to History! Star-Spangled Banner Gala Event
Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
Flag Hall, Second Floor
* Tickets required
Editor’s Note: This event is open to those 21 years of age and older.

Media Advisory National Museum of American History Hosts “Raise It Up! Anthem for America”

WHAT: Celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the
               National Anthem, with “Raise It Up! Anthem for America,” a concert on the National Mall and
               online sing-along.

Major Music Artists Join Smithsonian’s Star-Spangled Banner Celebration

Live Flag Day Event Features Appearances by Kristen Capolino, Carlene Carter, The U.S. Air Force Band Conducted by Col. Larry Lang Plus a 400-Person Choir Conducted by Eric Whitacre and Francisco J. Núñez

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and the flag that inspired it with two major initiatives: a live Flag Day event in Washington, D.C., and an anthem website with specially commissioned music videos. 

Renée Fleming’s Super Bowl Gown and Wrap Join Smithsonian Collections

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is adding the gown Grammy Award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming wore when she sang the National Anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl to its permanent collections. An opera superstar, Fleming was the first opera singer to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, singing for a global audience of more than 111 million viewers. The gown will be on view June 14 through July 6 as part of the museum’s celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner bicentennial.

Smithsonian Celebrates Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

Notable celebrities are supporting the National Museum of American History in celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Artists such as Aloe Blacc, Renée Fleming, Angie Johnson and Brian McKnight are encouraging Americans to take part in the museum’s coast-to-coast celebration. “Raise it Up! Anthem for America,” held on Flag Day, June 14, is a national sing-a-long event for people to come together and sing their anthem at 4 p.m. EDT. Details are at anthemforamerica.si.edu.

Smithsonian Celebrates the Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is joining with national partners to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem. Festivities begin March 6, with a ceremony for the new Star-Spangled Banner Forever Stamp in partnership with the United States Postal Service.

Smithsonian Celebrates the Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will commemorate several major milestones in 2014: the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, the country’s most famous flag, and the moment when it signified the survival of the young nation in 1814; the centennial of the First Ladies exhibition at the Smithsonian; and the museum’s 50th birthday.

National Museum of American History Makes Great Strides in Major Renovation

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is more than a year into major renovations of the center core of its building. The renovation is part of the Museum’s capital campaign to dramatically transform the Museum’s architectural appeal while reorganizing and renewing the presentation of its extensive collections.

The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon

Smithsonian Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, today releases “The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon.” The dramatic story of the flag that inspired the national anthem—and of the Smithsonian’s effort to save it for generations to come—is told here for the first time in lavishly illustrated form. Featuring a wide range of flag-inspired images and motifs, the book explores the broader meaning of the American flag in American life. The book is co-authored by current and former museum curators Lonn Taylor, Kathleen M.

National Museum of American History Will Open <br>Nov. 21

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open its doors to the public Friday, Nov. 21, providing a new look at the almost 200-year-old Star-Spangled Banner and a rare chance to see the White House copy of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The reopening will mark the completion of a two-year, $85 million renovation of the building’s center core, dramatically transforming the museum’s architectural appeal while reorganizing and renewing the presentation of its extensive collections.

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