On Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 11 from noon until 4 pm the Maryland Historical Society is hosting Public Sewing Days.
The Star-Spangled Banner project is a work of public art in every sense of the word. Online supporters have funded the purchase of the red, white, and blue reproduction fabric commissioned by Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, PA. Volunteers have devoted hundreds of hours getting the flag into flyable shape. Now it’s up to you to be part of history and add your stitch during the Public Days.
We have put together a few details to make your experience on August 3 and August 11 as seamless as possible (pun intended).
Arrival: Go to the Maryland Historical Society anytime between noon and 4 pm. When you get there, simply check in at the registration desk. There you will receive a timed-ticket, which will be arranged by 15-minute increments. Organizers will do their best to keep groups and families together.
Even if you haven’t registered to add your stitch (and registration is now closed), you can still come down and enjoy the festivities. As time permits, MDHS will try to accommodate as many extra ‘stitchers’ as possible.
While you are there, MDHS will have many other fun 1812 activities. There will be live music from the 1812 band, living history actors in period costume, exhibit tables and lectures from friends and partners, craft vendors including silhouette artist Lauren Muney, an expanded Museum Shop, and delicious food vendors outside of the Museum.
Museum admission will be FREE all day, so you can check out the 1812 exhibit, the Civil War exhibit and the brand-new “Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy” exhibit that just opened in June.
Just by participating in Public Sewing Days, you will also receive a special Stitching History stamp in the 1812 Bicentennial Passport, a free passport from the Baltimore National Heritage Area that includes over a dozen Baltimore-area historical sites.
Free parking will be available in the lot adjoining The Maryland Historical Society. There are additional paid lots at 505 Park Avenue (by the Aegon Building), 600 Cathedral Street (across from The Walters Art Museum) and 401 N Charles Street (at Charles and Franklin Streets).
The MDHS is also located on the free Circulator Bus Purple Route – take the Washington Monument Stop, and is just feet from the Light Rail – Centre Street Station.
This is the ultimate participatory event, and an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Be sure to take part in this historic project!
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