Friday, February 1, 2013

Mary Pickersgill: Why Every American Should Know This Name!

So lately I've been really into watching two shows that are featured on The Travel Channel, "Mysteries of the Smithsonian", and "Mysteries at the Museum." They both have all sorts of interesting facts, stories, and details that uncover many famous myths and mysteries. It's really a fun show to watch if you find yourself with a little free time on your hands!

On a recent episode of "Mysteries of the Smithsonian", they discussed our Star-Spangled Banner. When I think of this flag, it resonates the essence of our American history. What a powerful, incredible flag, with an amazing story behind it! Unfortunately, the Star-Spangled Banner is a flag that is often incorrectly credited to Betsy Ross, when in fact a young widowed lady by the name of Mary Pickersgill deserves the credit for creating this particular flag. Mary designed the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired Francis Scott Keys to put pen to paper and create the words that would later become our national anthem. I think her name deserves to be remembered in today's blog, and our history books!

Want to learn more? This link has more background on the story. I thought it was pretty interesting!

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