Anthem & Author Reunited

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Francis Scott Key’s original "Star-Spangled Banner" song lyric manuscript comes to Frederick June 14 – 15, 2013

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Overview of Flag Day Festivities Commemorating Key

Frederick, Maryland June 14-15, 2013

  • View Francis Scott Key’s original "Star-Spangled Banner" song lyric manuscript.
  • Attend marker dedication ceremonies that unveil Key interpretive markers in Frederick.
  • See the new exhibit at the Frederick Visitor Center featuring a fragment of one of the British bombs that "burst in air" over Fort McHenry.

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In anticipation of next year’s 200th anniversary of the September 1814 writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by Frederick County, Maryland native Francis Scott Key, the original “Star-Spangled Banner” song lyric manuscript will be on public display in Frederick, Maryland on June 14-15, 2013 during a 2-day event, “Anthem & Author Reunited.” On loan from its permanent home at the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) in Baltimore, the document will be brought to Key’s gravesite in Mount Olivet Cemetery on Saturday, June 15, 2013 for a ceremony and interpretive marker unveiling.  See below for a full schedule of events and activities for the 2-day commemoration.

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 14, 2013

Courthouse Square Historic Marker Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting for the Star-Spangled Banner Exhibit
2:00pm
- Frederick City Hall
Frederick City Hall, 101 N. Court St.
Unveiling of the Courthouse Square historic marker that discusses Key’s connections to that neighborhood where he began his law career.
 
View Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics
2:30pm-5:30pm
- Frederick City Hall
Frederick City Hall, 101 N. Court St.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript will be on display in Frederick City Hall. Exhibits will provide background information about Key and the song. 

"National Anthem and National Pastime" Marker Unveiling
6:00pm -
Harry Grove Stadium
Harry Grove Stadium, 21 Stadium Dr.
At a brief 6:00pm ceremony, another marker will be unveiled in front of Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, home of the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team.  This marker discusses the connection between the “Star-Spangled Banner” and professional sports, as well as noting that Key is the namesake of the ball club. The Keys are now playing a double header on Friday, and the ceremony will be shown on the stadium video screen.

A Star-Spangled Fete to Preserve Our Past
6:30pm-9:30pm -
Ticketed Event
This private, ticketed event will feature a VIP viewing of Key's original manuscript at City Hall.  During the evening, also enjoy a reception with period-inspired hors d'oeuvres and entertainment at a historic home on Courthouse Square where Key himself visited. Tickets are $125 per person and benefit the Historical Society of Frederick County. Contact ddoxzen@frederickhistory.org or 301-663-1188x108 for ticket information.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

View "Star-Spangled Banner" Lyrics
9:00am to 2:00pm
- Frederick City Hall
Frederick City Hall, 101 N. Court St.
The “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript will be on display in Frederick City Hall. Exhibits will provide background information about Key and the song. 

1814 British Bomb Fragment Exhibit Unveiling
10:00am
- Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
An exhibit that features a fragment of one of the British bombs that “burst in air” over Fort McHenry in 1814 will be unveiled at the Frederick Visitor Center.
 
Guided Walking Tour of “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick”
10:30am
- Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
Guided tour of “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick” will be offered.  The tour will begin at the Frederick Visitor Center and include sites related to Key’s time in Frederick as well as his final resting place. FREE. Ticket info: Starting at 9 a.m. at the Frederick Visitor Center on June 15, 2013, limited tickets will available for this guided walking tour. Pick up tickets in person on a first-come-first serve basis.

Key Bicycle Tour
10:30am - Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
Guided bicycle tour featuring Key sites will depart from the Frederick Visitor Center.
 
Historic Frederick (Hessian) Barracks Marker Unveiling
11:00am -
Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD)
Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), 101 Clarke Place
A ceremony unveils a new interpretive marker that tells the story of the Barracks as an important militia camp during the War of 1812.

Guided Walking Tour of “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick”
1:00pm
- Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
Guided tour of “Francis Scott Key’s Frederick” will be offered.  The tour will begin at the Frederick Visitor Center and include sites related to Key’s time in Frederick as well as his final resting place. FREE. Ticket info: Starting at 9 a.m. at the Frederick Visitor Center on June 15, 2013, limited tickets will available for this guided walking tour. Pick up tickets in person on a first-come-first serve basis.

Key Bicycle Tour
1:00pm - Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
Guided bicycle tour featuring Key sites will depart from the Frederick Visitor Center.

Book Talk with Steve Vogel
1:30 p.m. - Frederick Visitor Center
Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St.
At 1:30 p.m., Steve Vogel, author of
Through the Perilous Fight, will offer a book talk at the Frederick Visitor Center.  His book offers a rousing account of one of the critical turning points in American history, and tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem. Steve Vogel is the author of The Pentagon and a veteran national reporter for The Washington Post. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Vogel received a master’s degree in international public policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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3:00pm
- Mount Olivet Cemetery
Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 South Market St.
For the first time since Francis Scott Key handed the “Star-Spangled Banner” song lyrics to his brother-in-law in 1814, the manuscript will be back with its author as it arrives at Key's monument and grave on its return trip to Baltimore. The “Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript will arrive at Mount Olivet Cemetery escorted by The Old Guard and horse-mounted units from the National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County. Units with The U.S. Army Old Guard include Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, Colorguard, and Escort Platoon.  At this time, there will be a ceremony that includes Tracie Luck, a professional opera singer who grew up in Frederick, and the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

New interpretive markers that focus on Key's connections to Frederick, the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and the story of the monument will also be unveiled. The manuscript will then be returned to its permanent home at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore.

Parking for ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery:

Visitors should park at the Harry Grove Stadium parking lot and enter through the front gates of the cemetery along S. Market Street.See the graphic on the right for a map of the general parking.

disability_symbol.jpgVisitors with Disability License Plates and/or Placards can park at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Use the north gate off of Broadway Street. Attendants will direct you to parking.

Exhibit Opening - Free Trade and Sailors' Rights:  The War of 1812 and the Shaping of America
Sunday, June 16 - James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques
218 North Market Street
Free Trade and Sailors' Rights:  The War of 1812 and the Shaping of America will be on view at James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, 218 North Market Street in historic Frederick, Maryland, opening on June 16th and closing September 1, 2013.  Hours:  11-5 PM Friday-Sun or by appointment.  A catalog of the exhibition will be published and purchase details, as well as a online flipbook version of the catalog, may be found on the gallery's website: http://www.jameskochan.com.

About the Project
“Anthem & Author Reunited” is sponsored by the Tourism Council of Frederick County in partnership with the Maryland Historical Society and the Francis Scott Key Memorial Foundation, with special thanks to Star-Spangled 200, James Kochan Fine Art & Antiques, the City of Frederick, Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maryland School for the Deaf, and the Frederick Keys.

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