December 13, 2017
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Image: Flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814, photographed in 1873 in the Boston Navy Yard by George Henry Preble. Presentation by Dave Martucci, Wed. July 2, at 7:30, Old Town House, Union.

The 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner – both song and flag – will be commemorated at Union Historical Society’s July meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 2 at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common.

Vocalist Molly Luce of Hope will lead the group in singing the national anthem, followed by a slide presentation by vexillologist David Martucci of Washington about the actual flag which inspired Francis Scott Key.

Martucci, a world-renowned flag expert, asks: How did this large 15-star, 15-stripe flag come into being and become the inspiration for our national anthem? Who made this flag and why? How did the anthem get written? What happened to the missing star? He will consider the lengthy and expensive process of conserving this national treasure, now on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A flag fan since the age of 14, David Martucci has been a member of the North American Vexillological Association since 1967 and served as President from 1998-2004. He is currently Secretary/Treasurer of the New England Vexillological Association and maintains and edits several web sites devoted to flags.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting by hosts Margie Margolis and Donna McDonald. All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common, the Cobb’s Ledge historic site on Town House Road, and the Old Town House, also located on Town House Road and available to rent for functions. Membership is $5.00 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message.