The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Welcome to the Flag House, home of Mary Young Pickersgill craftswoman of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a historic home and museum located at 844 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore Maryland.

Mrs. Pickersgill was an American patriot and a Baltimore citizen. She sewed the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that flew over Baltimore harbor after the Battle of Baltimore and inspired a young man named Francis Scott Key to write the American national anthem in honor of her flag. Now, her home is a National Historic Landmark, open to the public five days a week.

We are so excited to be included in SimplyFun ‘s new social sciences and studies skills board game, Eagle Chase!
07/09/2019

We are so excited to be included in SimplyFun ‘s new social sciences and studies skills board game, Eagle Chase!

07/08/2019
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Mr. Cork is on the Loose tomorrow with Mother Goose!

Join us in the morning at 10:30 a.m. at Patterson Parks castle playground. In the event of rain we will pop up underneath the covered pavilion just beyond the playground.

Then, at 5:30 p.m. join us at the The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. The museum offers a glimpse into the past and the courtyard is a fantastic oasis nestled in the heart of downtown Baltimore. In the event of rain we move directly into the museum.

We hope you can join us at one or both. $2 suggested donation for all of our programs.

Way back in April scouts from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland helped us turn our courtyard into a Certified Wildlife...
07/05/2019

Way back in April scouts from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland helped us turn our courtyard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat during our annual Girl Scout Day of Service. Then a wonderful thing happened,we noticed an egg appear! Since May, we’ve had a female Mallard nesting in the Flag House garden right by the front door of the main museum building under a Mary Pickersgill rose bush. Over the weekend six of the eight eggs in the clutch hatched and headed for water. Mallards are federally protected and should be left alone while nesting. For more information on what to do if you notice a Mallard or other wildlife nesting in your garden visit https://dnr.state.md.us/ or to make your garden a Certified Wildlife Habitat visit the National Wildlife Federation.

Happy #IndependenceDay 🇺🇸 A friendly reminder that the Flag House is closed today in observance of the holiday and...
07/04/2019

Happy #IndependenceDay 🇺🇸 A friendly reminder that the Flag House is closed today in observance of the holiday and will reopen tomorrow, Friday, July 5 for normal business hours, 10 AM - 4 PM.

06/29/2019

Stop by and see us today at the @baltimoremuseumofindustry farmers market.

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#farmersmarket #fourthofjuly #4thofjuly #independenceday #baltimorehistory #mybmore #produce

06/26/2019
Join us tomorrow for the 4th annual Jonestown Festival: Hamilton Comes to Jonestown.
06/22/2019
Jewish Museum of Maryland

Join us tomorrow for the 4th annual Jonestown Festival: Hamilton Comes to Jonestown.

FREE: The fourth annual Jonestown Festival brings to our neighborhood a celebration of our revolutionary roots!

Each quarter we conduct spot inventory of our collections storage area. Sometimes we rediscover objects that don’t get...
06/20/2019

Each quarter we conduct spot inventory of our collections storage area. Sometimes we rediscover objects that don’t get displayed very often. This veil is the a perfect example.

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#lace #chantillylace #secretsofthemuseum #museumcollection #museumobject #collecting #fashion #womensfashion #nineteenthcenturyfashion #1850 #1800s #1800sfashion #ladiesfashion #mourningfashion

Ten years is a BIG deal.2,000+ museums offering free admission to military families11,000 hours of service from voluntee...
06/19/2019

Ten years is a BIG deal.

2,000+ museums offering free admission to military families

11,000 hours of service from volunteers annually

560,000+ military kids given free books

$27 million in military spouse income achieved through BSF Careers

1.5 million military family members reached annually

10 years of building community.

10 years of Blue Star Families.

https://bluestarfam.org/

Thanks to a very generous donation from a neighbor, we have hot new the summer and beach reading books in the Little Fre...
06/18/2019

Thanks to a very generous donation from a neighbor, we have hot new the summer and beach reading books in the Little Free Library this month! Grab a Summer Reading challenge bookmark while you’re at it!

#beachbook #summerreading #readagoodbook #hungergames #johngreen #beachreading #summerbooklist

Thank you to Fort McHenry, Maryland State Daughters of 1812, Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, Baltimore Field Off...
06/15/2019

Thank you to Fort McHenry, Maryland State Daughters of 1812, Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, Baltimore Field Office of United States Immigration and Citizenship Services, Dan Meyer Choir, and National Society of Colonial Dames of America for their support of our 92 Annual Flag Day Celebration. Congratulations to the 25 new citizens from 21 countries who participated in the naturalization ceremony. Congratulations to the seventh annual winner of the Flag House Scholar Award, Anthony Bibbo, a graduating senior from Mt. St. Joseph High School.

Thank you to Fort McHenry, Maryland State Daughters of 1812, Society of the War of 1812 in Maryland, Baltimore Field Office of United States Immigration and Citizenship Services, Dan Meyer Choir, and National Society of Colonial Dames of America for their support of our 92 Annual Flag Day Celebration. Congratulations to the 25 new citizens from 21 countries who participated in the naturalization ceremony. Congratulations to the seventh annual winner of the Flag House Scholar Award, Anthony Bibbo, a graduating senior from Mt. St. Joseph High School.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
06/15/2019

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

Congratulations to volunteer Anthony for being named the 2019 The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar! Anthony joined the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks program at Fort McHenry in 2018 as a visitor services volunteer. His service with the National Park Service and throughout the community is truly commendable and we wish him well as he begins a new adventure as a college freshman this fall.

#FindYourPark #NPSVolunteer

Happy #FlagDay and 242nd birthday of the American flag! We hope to see you today for the 92nd annual Flag Day at the Sta...
06/14/2019
92nd Annual Flag Day Celebration

Happy #FlagDay and 242nd birthday of the American flag! We hope to see you today for the 92nd annual Flag Day at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

  Celebrate Flag Day at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the birthplace of the flag that inspired the National Anthem. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Flag House Opens for Tours 11:00 AM –…

Thank you to Senator Chris Van Hollen for issuing this Congressional Citation recognizing the Flag House’s American Al...
06/11/2019

Thank you to Senator Chris Van Hollen for issuing this Congressional Citation recognizing the Flag House’s American Alliance of Museums accreditation.

Illusionist David Copperfield, says he'll restore the missing 15th star on the Star-Spangled Banner. Will he do be able ...
06/05/2019
David Copperfield says he'll restore 15th star on historic US flag

Illusionist David Copperfield, says he'll restore the missing 15th star on the Star-Spangled Banner. Will he do be able to do it? What would Mary Pickersgill say?

“Those 15 stars and 15 stripes represented the states at that time of our union. And that missing piece kind of separates one of the states from them,” he says. Making the absent star reappear, Copperfield says, “could remind us of the strength we draw from each other when we are united.”

Did you know there were actually 18 states at the time Mary Pickersgill crafted the Star-Spangled Banner? Vermont, Kentucky, Tennesse, Ohio, and Louisiana were added to the union between 1791 and 1812, before the third and final Flag Act of 1818 was enacted by Congress on April 4,1818. It provided for the modern rule of having thirteen stripes to represent the original thirteen colonies and having the number of stars match the number of states and added states that entered the union after the second Flag Act of 1777.

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0591490 and Amazon donates to Star...
06/03/2019

Turn your Father's Day shopping into a force for good. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/52-0591490 and Amazon donates to Star Spangled Banner Flag House Association.

June 1813, Joshua Barney and John Stricker commission Mary Young Pickersgill to construct a 30’x42' flag (the Star-Spa...
06/01/2019

June 1813, Joshua Barney and John Stricker commission Mary Young Pickersgill to construct a 30’x42' flag (the Star-Spangled Banner) and a 17’x25' storm flag for Fort McHenry as ordered by General George Armistead.

R. McGill Mackall
Placing the Stars, 1962
Gift of the Stroh Brewing Company, MU2003.3.1

June is #NationalRoseMonth DYK: On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the na...
06/01/2019

June is #NationalRoseMonth DYK: On November 20, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem of the United States at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden? The White House Rose Garden was started in 1913 by First Lady Ellen Wilson.

This is a perfect time of year to visit the Flag House garden in full bloom with patriotic roses. Thank you to our wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers who work to maintain the roses year round.

Please respect the hard work of our volunteers and leave roses as you found them for all to enjoy.

Naval recruits salute after taking the oath at the Flag House during the playing of the National Anthem. June 8, 1942.
05/27/2019

Naval recruits salute after taking the oath at the Flag House during the playing of the National Anthem. June 8, 1942.

On May 26, 1781, Rebecca Flower Young (mother of Mary Young Pickersgill), places the first advertisement for her flag ma...
05/26/2019

On May 26, 1781, Rebecca Flower Young (mother of Mary Young Pickersgill), places the first advertisement for her flag making services in the Pennsylvania Packet.

The Flag House is kicking off our third summer as a participating Blue Star Museum. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration...
05/25/2019

The Flag House is kicking off our third summer as a participating Blue Star Museum. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer. The 2019 program will begin on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and end on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

FAQ:

Which museums are participating?

More than 2,000 museums across America participate in Blue Star Museums each summer. These include children's museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, zoos, and nature centers. You can find participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums?

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. If you are a retiree or veteran, please reach out to the museum you plan to visit directly; many times they offer reduced or special rates for our retiree or veteran population.

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's cover photo
05/25/2019

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's cover photo

The latest collection from the Star-Spangled Flag House just went live with Digital Maryland and features correspondence...
05/24/2019
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The latest collection from the Star-Spangled Flag House just went live with Digital Maryland and features correspondence of the Pannell Family between 1796 and 1899. The collection is a look into the everyday life of Baltimoreans for a century and has fun items like this receipt for dancing lessons at the Miss Nancy Smith School.

In 1955, after the new museum building opened (17), the Flag House underwent a major preservation project to restore the...
05/21/2019

In 1955, after the new museum building opened (17), the Flag House underwent a major preservation project to restore the exterior Pratt Street facade to its approximate 1793 appearance and complete the interior restoration started in the 1920s. This phase of preservation saw the removal of the storefront window (1-3), installation of a steel beam support in the basement (4), re-configuring of rooms to restore partition walls and doorways that had been removed from the first floor (5-7), brick restoration on all exterior facades (8-13), and removal of the steam heat and radiator system and plumbing in the kitchen and third floor attic (14-16).

#ThisPlaceMatters #PreservationMonth

A Day at the Races at Pimlico Race Course and awarding the Mary Pickersgill Purse in 1975 and 1981. #MuseumWeek #PhotoMW...
05/18/2019

A Day at the Races at Pimlico Race Course and awarding the Mary Pickersgill Purse in 1975 and 1981.

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#MuseumWeek #RainbowMW today we excited to look beyond our usual red, white, and blue color scheme to celebrate the many...
05/16/2019

#MuseumWeek #RainbowMW today we excited to look beyond our usual red, white, and blue color scheme to celebrate the many colors found in our collection

#MuseumWeek #PlayMW Let's get out there and play! Whether it is participating in the Games of 1813 hands-on activity, pu...
05/15/2019

#MuseumWeek #PlayMW Let's get out there and play! Whether it is participating in the Games of 1813 hands-on activity, putting on a show, or just getting outside, we always have fun while learning. Play and active participation in learning are big parts of our education philosophy and helps kids to retain information they learn with us.

Today and every day we celebrate the accomplishments of Mary Young Pickersgill and her legacy as the maker of the most f...
05/13/2019

Today and every day we celebrate the accomplishments of Mary Young Pickersgill and her legacy as the maker of the most famous flag to ever fly, champion for the aged and widowed women of Baltimore, and as a woman ahead of her time. #WomeninCultureMW #MuseumWeek

Arthur Perry Sewell, (1900-1946) and  Elizabeth Murray Sewell, (1890 – 1977), were the first curators and stewards of ...
05/09/2019

Arthur Perry Sewell, (1900-1946) and Elizabeth Murray Sewell, (1890 – 1977), were the first curators and stewards of the Flag House. Because Arthur had been blinded by a chemical attack during World War I, Elizabeth conducted all correspondence and Flag House operations alongside her husband and on his behalf. The couple resided in a third-floor apartment in the Flag House’s attic as late as 1940. Together they were responsible for the initial preservation of the Flag House, restoring it to its approximate 1813 appearance, using Works Project Administration workers and even continuing preservation work during World War II. After Arthur’s sudden death in October of 1946, Elizabeth continued on as curator until April 1957 and oversaw the first initiatives to expand of the museum’s footprint to include the first museum and office building (1950).
#ThisPlaceMatters #PreservationMonth

A few weeks ago we were able to get out and about to explore a fellow Baltimore museum. The Baltimore Museum of Industry...
05/07/2019

A few weeks ago we were able to get out and about to explore a fellow Baltimore museum. The Baltimore Museum of Industry holds a special place in many past and present Maryland museum goers’ hearts for their dedication to preserving the history of the industries and jobs that make Baltimore run and their interactive displays and exhibits (I still have my very own “oyster can” from 1993!). Get out and explore a museum you frequent or one you’ve never been to before for #MuseumWeek. #ExploreMW

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05/07/2019

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Visit Baltimore started off National Travel & Tourism Week with BIG news! Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young signed the Baltimore Tourism Improvement District (TID) ordinance into law as part of an event at City Hall celebrating the economic impact of tourism and the start of National Travel & Tourism Week. #NTTW19 #TravelMatters

Travel & Tourism Matter to Baltimore1 in 10 US jobs are supported by travel. In Baltimore,the hospitality and tourism in...
05/07/2019

Travel & Tourism Matter to Baltimore
1 in 10 US jobs are supported by travel. In Baltimore,
the hospitality and tourism industry supports more
than 85,000 jobs and $229 million in local revenue. Heritage tourism to Baltimore's museums and historic sites is also a powerful economic engine. In, 2016, heritage tourism supported 6,000+ jobs, $534 million in annual impact, $38 million in state and local tax revenue, and accounted for 3.7 million visitors to the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

#TravelMatters #NTTW19 #MyBmore Visit Baltimore #BaltimoreTourismWeek #NationalTourismWeek

May 5th is the start to #NationalTourismWeek Tourism Matters to Baltimore’s economy, jobs, and quality of life. This y...
05/05/2019
Faces of Tourism

May 5th is the start to #NationalTourismWeek

Tourism Matters to Baltimore’s economy, jobs, and quality of life. This year, Visit Baltimore is celebrating National Tourism Week by shining a light on not only the Baltimore experience but also the people and places that make our industry so remarkable through a variety of industry-insider and public-facing programs. Meet the faces of Baltimore tourism. #NTTW19 #MyBmore #TravelMatters #BaltimoreTourismWeek #FacesofTourism

It’s official Mary Pickersgill is back in bloom and summer is just around the bend. Introduced in 2010, by rose breede...
05/04/2019

It’s official Mary Pickersgill is back in bloom and summer is just around the bend. Introduced in 2010, by rose breeder Michael C. Williams and our rose garden volunteer Raymond Kirkland, the Mary Pickersgill rose is a hybrid yellow blend mini-flora. You can see the Pickersgill rose’s sunset hues in our courtyard garden from now through mid-fall. We also have some new hybrid tea additions, red Let Freedom Ring roses in our center bed and yellow around our flag pole. Thank you to our rose volunteers Mr. Kirkland, Anna, and Mr. Walsh.

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
05/04/2019

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

May is Preservation Month, as well as a time to discover lesser-known stories about National Park Service sites across the country.

We all know that the Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired Francis Scott Key is now on display at the National Museum of American History. But what happened to the flag during the time between the end of the Battle of Baltimore and it becoming a permanent part of the Smithsonian's collections?

Following the end of the battle, George Armistead, who had been in command of the Fort McHenry, kept the flag in his family's possession as a keepsake. Upon Armistead's death, the flag was passed down to his wife Louisa Armistead, and then to his daughter Georgiana Armistead Appleton, and grandson Eben Appleton. The flag remained in the Armistead family for 90 years, during which time it was occasionally displayed at events in Baltimore. As the flag and the song that it inspired grew in popularity, so did Eben Appleton's concern for its preservation. In 1907, Appleton lent the Star-Spangled Banner to the Smithsonian, and in 1912 it became a permanent gift under the condition that it always be on public display.

#FindYourPark #NPSUndiscoveredStories #Preservation

It’s Flower Mart weekend! May 3rd and 4th,Mount Vernon Place.Certificate from the 52nd Annual Flower MartCelebrating t...
05/03/2019

It’s Flower Mart weekend! May 3rd and 4th,Mount Vernon Place.

Certificate from the 52nd Annual Flower Mart
Celebrating the Star-Spangled Banner Sesquicentennial, 1964
Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Collection
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The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's cover photo
05/01/2019

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House's cover photo

May is #PreservationMonth. The Flag House is gearing up to begin preservation work on the historic house throughout the ...
05/01/2019

May is #PreservationMonth. The Flag House is gearing up to begin preservation work on the historic house throughout the summer. This work will be the most extensive preservation project for the museum in decades. Today we recognize Mrs. Ruthella Bibbins who co-founded the Flag House Association with her husband Dr. Arthur Bibbins with the mission of preserving and restoring the historic Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to be used as a public museum.

By the early part of the 20th century, the Flag House was in considerable disrepair. Initial fundraising attempts to save the historic property were unsuccessful and in 1927 Baltimore City stepped in to purchase the building. The partially restored Flag House opened to the public on November 11, 1928.

#ThisPlaceMatters #historicprservation

Address

844 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD
21202

2 blocks from the Charm City Circulator

General information

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is a historic home and museum located at 844 E. Pratt St. in Baltimore Maryland. This 225 year old structure is restored to its 1813 glory. Tour the Flag House, visit the museum and spend a day with Mrs. Pickersgill and her family.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(410) 837-1793

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