BALTIMORE — It was 200 years ago this summer that a Baltimore flag-maker stitched the flag that inspired America’s national anthem. Now, hundreds of people are helping to re-create the star-spangled banner.
The project began July 4 in Baltimore, and it is expected to take volunteers six weeks to hand-sew the estimated 150,000 stitches in the famous flag. When finished, it will be about a quarter of the size of a basketball court.
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Star-spangled banner sites
Recreating the star-spangled banner: The public may watch the flag being sewn at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m., https://www.mdhs.org/star-spangled-banner-project/.
Mary Pickersgill’s house: 844 E. Pratt St., Baltimore; http://flaghouse.org/ or 410-837-1793. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults, $8; ages 55 and older, $7; military, $7; students through 12th grade, $6; free for children younger than 6.
Fort McHenry: 2400 E. Fort Ave., Baltimore; http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm. Park summer hours, open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sept. 2. Adults, $7; children 15 and younger are free.
Original Star-Spangled Banner: Flag flown at Fort McHenry in 1813 during the War of 1812 on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., http://amhistory.si.edu/starspangledbanner/. Open daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with occasional longer hours. Free admission.