New Book: O Say Can You Hear?

O Say Can You Hear?: A Cultural Biography of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Mark Clague is now available.

A Cultural Biography of “The Star-Spangled Banner”by Mark Clague I can hardly believe the book is done! These 249 pages have been a labor of love for more than a decade. I fully expected when I began starspangledmusic.org that the book would be the first project out of the gate and others would follow. Instead,…

"Banner Moments" Teacher Institute Receives $200K from NEH

Francis Scott Key could not have imagined that his lyric would inspire a month-long NEH summer institute to mark his song’s 200th anniversary, bringing scholars and performers together with thirty K-12 teachers to create inspiring and insightful classroom materials to fuel a nationwide learning celebration. In June and July 2014 “Banner Moments: The National Anthem…

StarSpangledMusic.Org Is Live!

We’re pleased to launch www.starspangledmusic.org, a source for information about the United States National Anthem as we approach the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s song on Sunday, September 14, 2014. We have projects in the works including a recording, museum exhibit, conference, and a teacher institute. Check back soon for event announcements, historical information,…