200 year old Star Spangled Banner and the flag that inspired it together for first time
Theoriginal, handwritten manuscript of "The Star-Spangled Banner" andthe flag that inspired the song's lyrics will be displayed together at theSmithsonian in Washington, the first time the historic pieces are believed tohave been shown side-by-side.
Themanuscript is normally on display at the Maryland Historical Society inBaltimore and the flag has been at the Smithsonian since the early 1900s.They'll be displayed together from Flag Day, June 14, through July 6.
Thethree-week display is the start of celebrations marking 200 years since thesong was written on Sept. 14, 1814.
BonnieLilienfeld, a Smithsonian curator who's working on the manuscript's display inWashington, says she hopes the exhibit will help people think more about wherethe song's words came from.