Tag: july 4

Maryland Historical Society’s ‘Stitching History’ Project Begins!


Stitching History

catch of the day fish (2)Oh say can you stitch? That’s the question the Maryland Historical Society put to 100 of the country’s most adept quilters recently in recruiting 100 volunteers to recreate the original 30’ x 42’ (read closely—that’s feet, not inches) Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem (named after the flag itself, as we know). But even with 100 super-fast stitchers, this is no mean feat. It’ll take the volunteers six weeks to complete—that’s as long as it took to create the original flag, but with far fewer hands at work. The project begins on July 4 at Fort McHenry and will be accompanied by an appropriate amount of fanfare, including a procession led by the Fort McHenry Fife and Drum Corps, the ‘first stitch’ being sewn by a prominent Maryland citizen, and even a culmination with canon fire.