140th flag day, 1777-1917 The birthday of the stars and stripes, June 14th, 1917 - JPG
Poster showing a man raising the American flag, with a minuteman cheering and an eagle flying above.
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may 2013
Document Deep Dive: The Musical History of "The Star-Spangled Banner" - Website
Was the national anthem really set to the melody of a drinking tune? Take a closer look at the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's song
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may 2013
Rare Revolutionary War-Era Map: David Rubenstein Gift - Video
David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, has given the Library of Congress stewardship of the first map printed in North America, depicting the boundaries of the new American nation and showing the "Stars and Stripes" for the first time. Abel Buell's map "A New and Correct Map of the United States of North America Layd Down from the Latest Observations and Best Authorities Agreeable to the Peace of 1783" is the first to be copyrighted in the United States and was published only six months after the Treaty of Paris signing (Sept. 3, 1783) ended the Revolutionary War.

Speaker Biography: James Hadley Billington was sworn in as the Librarian of Congress on September 14, 1987. He is the 13th incumbent of that position since the Library was established in 1800. Under his leadership, the Library has expanded its public outreach, most notably in major international exhibits and through the establishment of a new National Digital Library and other electronic services for users in remote locations.

Speaker Biography: David M. Rubenstein is a co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group, one of the world's largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing more than $97 billion from 27 offices around the world.
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april 2012
A new and correct map of the United States of North America: layd down from the latest observations and best authorities agreeable to the Peace of 1783: Abel Buelll - PDF
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This is the first map printed in North America, depicting the boundaries of the new American nation and showing the "Stars and Stripes" for the first time. Abel Buell's map "A New and Correct Map of the United States of North America Layd Down from the Latest Observations and Best Authorities Agreeable to the Peace of 1783" is the first to be copyrighted in the United States and was published only six months after the Treaty of Paris signing (Sept. 3, 1783) ended the Revolutionary War.
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april 2012
Sailor's Life for Me - LIBRARY OF RESOURCES
Prepare to set sail on a seafaring adventure! Live the life of a young sailor aboard USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," during the War of 1812. Scrub the deck, haul on lines, steer the ship, and work the guns. Tell tall tales and perhaps sneak a game of dice during your leisure time. If you do well, you'll rise through the ranks and eventually captain your own gun crew.

Explore the ship and learn about the daily lives of the 450 sailors who lived and worked in these crowded spaces. Listen as they tell you about their lives in their own words. Vivid, detailed drawings and playful text by world-renowned artist Stephen Biesty and writer Richard Platt let you explore all of USS Constitution's nooks, from the dark hold to the top of the tallest mast—and everywhere in between.

Drawing on more than 10 years of intensive research by the USS Constitution Museum, this is the most accurate and thrilling depiction of life at sea ever presented. Now raise the anchors and sail into the War of 1812!
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april 2012
War of 1812: Educator's Guide - PDF
These lesson plans were designed to enhance the educational value of the PBS program The War of 1812 for students in elementary, middle and high school. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the plans are congruent with Icon bi-national learning standards. (42.3 KB) The lessons typically use program segments and broad thematic strands. They integrate and honor the contributions of all groups involved in the War. Many of the activities are multidisciplinary, incorporating areas such as English Language Arts, music and art.
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march 2012
Legacies of the War - Video
The Legacy of the War of 1812, including a look at U.S. and Canadian relations since 1812, the profound impact the war had on Native nations in North America and the national myths and symbols that survive to this day.
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march 2012
British Blockade - Video
The British Blockade examines the stifling effects the British exerted on U.S. Navy and shipping. Americans took to privateering and outright trade with the enemy during the two year blockade that stretched from New England down to the Georgia coast.
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march 2012
Treaty of Ghent - Video
The Treaty of Ghent outlines the agreement that ended the war. The negotiating nations, Britain and the U.S. largely ignored the rights of Native nations in the settling of the conflict. The treaty was signed December 24, 1814, but not ratified until 1815.
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march 2012
Military Realities - Video
Military Realities is an examination of the communication, logistics, weaponry and uniforms of the era. Training was Britain's strength, but America's weakness. Night battles proved nightmarish for all soldiers. Neither side gained an advantage when it came to uniforms.
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march 2012
Military Medicine - Video
Military Medicine during the War of 1812 surveys the risks soldiers took on the battlefield and in the camps. Disease claimed more lives than bullets and military surgeons proved themselves at least efficient in the grim task of treating wounds.
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march 2012
Canadian Perspective - Video
The Canadian Perspective presents the British North American perspective on the U.S. failed invasions and on French Canadian rights and concerns.
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march 2012
Blacks and the War - Video
Black men, including many refugee slaves seeking freedom, served with the British Army and Navy during the War. After the war, many of these men were resettled to Nova Scotia, and to Trinidad, where the 'Merican community still exists today.
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march 2012
Making of the Documentary "War of 1812" - Video
The Making of The War of 1812 is a short video feature with interviews with director Lawrence Hott, cinematographer Stephen McCarthy and associate producer Rebecca Arndt. Filmed on location in Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario.
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march 2012
War of 1812 - Video
For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some places and essentially forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.
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march 2012
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins: Line Art - JPG
Silver Reverse
Designer: William C. Burgard III
Engraver: Don Everhart
Description: Depicts a waving modern American flag. Inscription are ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
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february 2012
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins: Line Art - JPG
Silver Obverse
Designer: Joel Iskowitz
Engraver: Phebe Hemphill
Description: Depicts Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag with Fort McHenry in the background. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 1812 – 2012.
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february 2012
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins: Line Art - JPG
Gold Reverse
Designer: Richard Masters
Engraver: Joseph Menna
Description: Depicts the first words of the Star-Spangled Banner anthem, O say can you see, in Francis Scott Key's handwriting against a backdrop of 15 stars and 15 stripes, representing the Star-Spangled Banner flag. Inscription are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and FIVE DOLLARS.
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february 2012
Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins: Line Art - JPG
Gold Obverse
Designer: Donna Weaver
Engraver: Joseph Menna
Description: Depicts a naval battle scene from the War of 1812, with an American sailing ship in the foreground and a damaged and fleeing British ship in the background. Inscriptions are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1812 – 2012.
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february 2012
Folding a full-size replica of the Star-Spangled Banner - Video
The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag flown at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. Visitors to the Museum are invited to fold a replica of the 30 x 42' flag to get a sense of its true size.
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december 2011
Star-Spangled Banner Moves Into New Home - Video
The flag that inspired the national anthem moves into its new home at the National Museum of American History.
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august 2011
Sneak Peak at the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery - Video
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new home of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem, at the National Museum of American History.
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august 2011
Lieutenant Colonel George Armistead - JPG
The commander of Fort McHenry during the 1814 bombardment, Armistead became an instant hero after the battle. Portrait by Rembrandt Peale, 1816.
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august 2011
Mary Pickersgill - JPG
Mary Pickersgill, nearly forty years after she made the flag. 
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august 2011
Francis Scott Key - JPG
Portrait of Francis Scott Key, attributed to Joseph Wood, about 1825.
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august 2011
View of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry - JPG
Print by J. Bower, Philadelphia, 1816. One of the soldiers who was in the fort during the 25-hour bombardment wrote, “We were like pigeons tied by the legs to be shot at.”
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august 2011
Anacreontic Song - JPG
The song became extremely popular in America, where it was used to accompany a number of verses, including the patriotic song called “Adams and Liberty,” before 1814. Key himself used the tune for his 1805 song, “When the Warrior Returns from the Battle Afar.”
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august 2011
Star-Spangled Banner - JPG
The first sheet-music issue of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was printed by Thomas Carr’s Music store in Baltimore in 1814. 
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august 2011
Defence of Fort McHenry - JPG
This is the first known printing of Key's poem. Called a broadside, it was probably printed in Baltimore on Sept. 17, 1814.
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august 2011
Key's Manuscript - JPG
This is the earliest known manuscript of Key’s song. It is probably one of several drafts that Key made before sending the copy to the printer.
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august 2011
National Museum of American History, 1989 - JPG
When the new Museum of History and Technology (now NMAH) opened in 1964, the Star-Spangled Banner was featured in the central Flag Hall where it remained for over 30 years.
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august 2011
First Known Photograph of the Star-Spangled Banner - JPG
Taken at the Boston Navy Yard in 1873, the photograph increased public interest in the flag.
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august 2011
Making the Flag - JPG
Mary Pickersgill's daughter, Caroline Purdy, wrote a letter to Major Armistead's daughter, Georgiana Appleton, in 1876, long after the Star-Spangled Banner was made. She told how her mother “worked many nights until 12 o'clock to complete [the flag] in the given time.”
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august 2011
Receipt for the Star-Spangled Banner - JPG
Pickersgill was paid $405.90 for the flag that became the Star-Spangled Banner, more than most Baltimoreans earned in a year.
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august 2011
Music for the Colonial Band: Played by the Colonial Band of Boston - PDF Liner Notes
An almost forgotten American tradition that emerged in the latter half of the 18th century, the Colonial Band is here revived by bandmaster David McKay and the ensemble. Recorded 1976, the album is divided into sections (New England Band Music, Patriotic, Vocal, and Larger Forms) which McKay thinks most accurately represents what would have been a Colonial Band’s repertoire. The liner notes include detailed information of the history of Colonial Bands in general (including a written account by a young boy detailing his excitement at seeing a Colonial Band). While one might expect a brass band style, the Colonial Band instead performs classical music.
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august 2011
Ballads of the War of 1812, 1791-1836: Wallace House - PDF Liner Notes
Performed by Wallace House, this collection includes songs from both sides, American and English, sung from the perspectives of patriots and deserters alike. This album features extensive historical notes by Folkways founder Moses Asch and full lyrics for every song.
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august 2011
19th Century Setting of Star-Spangled Banner - Audio
This 19th century version of the Star-Spangled Banner was performed on original instruments from the National Museum of American History's collection. Arranged by G. W. E. Friederich, the music is played as it would have been heard in 1854.
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august 2011
Meet the Author: Susan Campbell Bartoletti - Video
Susan majored in English in college and enjoyed all kinds of writing assignments, including research reports, creative writing, poetry and journalism. After graduation, she became an eighth-grade English teacher and advisor to the student literary magazine. She credits her students with inspiring her to write full time. Susan writes great non-fiction for older student: Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine 1845-1850, Kids on Strike, They Called Themselves the K.K.K.
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august 2011
Pete Seeger Sings the U.S. National Anthem at the Ralph Rinzler Memorial in 1995.- Video
Pete Seeger recites a poem on the American Flag and gives the history of the National Anthem of the United States at Smithsonian Folkways' Ralph Rinzler memorial in New Market, Tennessee in 1995. The "Star Spangled Banner", features lyrics by Francis Scott Key set to the tune of a popular British drinking song "To Anacreon in Heaven" written by John Stafford Smith.
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august 2011
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