Category Archives: History

Star Spangled Songbook Published!

Our book of sheet music and anthem history—the Star Spangled Songbook—has been published to mark the song’s 201st anniversary! The Star Spangled Songbook tells a largely forgotten story of the United States of America—of the symbiosis of both anthem and … Continue reading

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Banner Moment #9: August 18, 1969—Hendrix Plays the Anthem at Woodstock

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A Celebration of Two Centuries of a Song — 4PM Live Stream

Two hundred years ago today, the “dawn’s early light” broke over Fort McHenry and illuminated a flag symbolizing resilience and courage. Two hundred years later, the song written by Francis Scott Key in praise of the fort’s defenders still waves … Continue reading

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Banner Moment #7—March 3, 1931—Key’s Song Made Official U.S. Anthem by Congress

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Banner Moment #6: Jan. 8, 1917—Key’s Song Named “National Anthem” of U.S. Military

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Banner Moment #4: Inspiration—Key Witnesses American Victory (& History)

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Banner Moment #1—August 1, 1779—Francis Scott Key is Born

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