High Point Museum Partners with Smithsonian for a Nationwide Singing of the National Anthem to Celebrate Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial

"Americans will “Raise it Up!” on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, and come together to participate in potentially the largest unified event in American history, turning the national anthem into “the song that was heard around the world.” High Point Museum is proud to be a national partner and serve as an official location for “Raise it Up! Anthem for America,” a global celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner and the lyrics penned in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after the victorious Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. Led by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the vision is for Americans across the country and around the world to stop at the same time at 4 pm and sing the national anthem.  

Gail Spink, an accomplished vocalist with a music degree from the University of Connecticut, will lead the community sing-a-long at the High Point Museum around the flagpole. She has been the featured soloist at numerous churches and wedding venues and has been performing for more than 30 years. Spink also has been a member of various contemporary bands, most recently you may find her singing with The Tyler Millard Band out of Oak Ridge.

The High Point Museum staff will give small flags along with the lyrics to all participants and donations will be accepted to help with the conservation efforts associated with the Star-Spangled Banner.  

The Smithsonian will host a sing-a-long event in Washington, D.C., on its National Mall terrace, which will culminate in a “moment of national unity” at 4 pm when Americans across the country will stop to sing their anthem. More information about the nation-wide event is available at www.anthemforamerica.si.edu.     

The National Museum of American History is home to the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem. Made in the summer of 1813 by Mary Pickersgill (1776—1857), a professional flagmaker, the flag was originally 30 feet by 42 feet with 15 red-and-white wool stripes and 15 cotton stars on the blue canton. After the war, the flag was privately owned for many years until Eben Appleton lent it to the Smithsonian Institution in 1907 and converted the loan to a gift in 1912. Beginning in 1998, the Star-Spangled Banner underwent extensive conservation treatment. It is now on display in a custom-built environmentally controlled chamber at the museum.  

About the National Museum of American History
Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the museum explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history and helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. It is currently renovating its west exhibition wing, developing galleries on business, democracy and culture. For more information, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu.

About the High Point Museum
The High Point Museum, located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave., is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm and the Historical Park is open Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 885-1859 or visit our website www.highpointmuseum.org.

The High Point Museum is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community. Our work is guided by our core values of connection, diversity, fun, and innovation."
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