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Star Spangled Banner Flag House

Posted by on January 29, 2012

Field Trip: Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Location: 844 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore MD 21202

Contact: 410-837-1793

Grades: K and up


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About the Museum:

Built in 1793, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House was the home and place of business of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous poem that later became our national anthem. Mary and her daughter Caroline moved into the house in 1806, along with Mary’s mother, Rebecca Young, who began the flag-making business in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.

In addition to the historic house, view exhibits in the Jean and Lillian Hofmeister Museum Building.

Preserv’d Us A Nation:
This exhibit tells the stories of Baltimore’s brave defense by ordinary citizens and professional soldiers alike during one of the few times the United States has been invaded by a foreign power. The exhibit includes a variety of artifacts from the era, including a fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner flag and a drum used by an American soldier during the bombardment of Ft. McHenry.

Discovery Gallery for Kids:
Younger visitors can cook for their family at a replica of the Flag House kitchen, design their own flag and fly it on the gallery’s flagpole, tell a story at the puppet stage or try games and toys from long ago.

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