The Flag Inspired Franchis Scott Key

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The flag that inspired Francis Scott Key

Ginny Wutka of Lost Acres Orchard will speak about the original Star Spangled Banner at the Granby Civic Club meeting on Thursday, March 19, at the Senior Center at 1 p.m. Come and learn the history behind the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Learn about the maker of the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in the War of 1812, and the circumstances under which Key wrote the words to the anthem. Your patriotism is sure to be heightened when you learn about Mary Pickersgill, the flag maker, and what she accomplished after the war ended. This flag is among the most treasured artifacts in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Wutka, a Granby resident who has sponsored many Quilt Happenings in the past 27 years, will help attendees to feel that they are a part of the project that Pickersgill was asked to undertake.  All women of Granby are invited to Civic Club meetings.