Over 160 individuals joined the Maryland Historical Society quilters as they diligently stitched the entire month to complete the 30′ x 42′ Star-Spangled Banner in time for Defenders Day Weekend of 2013.
During August, the Maryland Historical Society auditorium was filled with talented stitchers from the region to create the replica within the same fashion and time as Mary Pickergill. The new flag will make history this year, unfurled at Fort McHenry 199 years after the original flag went up the fort flag pole in 1814 and inspiring Francis Scott Key to write what would become the National Anthem.
Matched up with the iconic first manuscript of Francis Scott Key’s immortal words, the flag will be a potent symbol and legacy of a proud bicentennial for Baltimore and the rest of the country. The master quilters and 200 volunteer stitchers who worked to make this project a success is an inspiration to all.