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[미국역사박물관 2019 7월 소식] Celebrating the Star-Spangled Banner with David Copperfield and New Citizens 새창으로 읽기
과학관과 문화   기사입력  2019/07/08 [17:28]
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In honor of Flag Day, David Copperfield performed a one-of-a-kind, specially created illusion in which he appeared to reunite the Star-Spangled Banner with its missing 15th star.

“The Star-Spangled Banner is one of our nation’s most treasured objects, a lasting symbol of this country’s promise,” explains the museum’s Elizabeth MacMillan Director, Anthea Hartig. “The Smithsonian and Copperfield partnership allows us to spark the public’s imagination and capture their curiosity to learn more about our flag.”

Welcoming new citizens

As a self-described “proud son of immigrants,” Copperfield also participated in our annual Flag Day naturalization ceremony in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in which 14 people became American citizens. The cohort of new citizens were from 14 different countries on four continents.

Preparing for the Oath 

Throughout the year, the museum is proud to help candidates prepare for the U.S. Naturalization Test with an online, interactive study guide for the civics portion of the exam.


While the true location of the missing 15th star is still a mystery, our staff has a wealth of knowledge about the real Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired the national anthem. 

Why was it a 15-star flag?

There were more than 15 states when Mary Pickersgill was commissioned to make the Star-Spangled Banner, but the official design for the flag was 15 stripes and 15 stars—the design Pickersgill made. In the 1800s, sections of the Star-Spangled Banner were snipped off and kept as souvenirs.

Learn more about the flag's design, the Armistead family that owned the flag, and the tradition of giving pieces away.

"A flag so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance"

Maj. George Armistead's request for a 30 by 42 foot garrison flag was large, but not unusual for the time.

Experience what it's like to unfold a full-size replica of the original Star-Spangled Banner that inspired the national anthem in our flag folding program at 10 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this summer. See our daily events schedule and plan your visit.

(Note: Last-minute cancellations may occur. Be sure to check our website before your visit.)

Will the flag travel to a museum near you? Not likely.

The Star-Spangled Banner joined the Smithsonian's collections in the early 1900s. Since then, it has only left the National Mall once, during World War II.

Unlike with other objects and artifacts, that kind of travel will likely never happen. Eben Appleton, who gave the flag to the Smithsonian as a permanent gift, asked Secretary of the Smithsonian Charles Walcott to ensure that any "citizen who visits the museum with the expectation of seeing the flag be sure of finding it in its accustomed place."

Read more about the flag's travels since its creation in 1813.


Preserving and protecting the flag

A custom-designed enclosure protects the fragile wool and cotton flag by providing the ideal environment (maintaining temperature, humidity, light, and security) while offering maximum view for visitors. The display not only has hidden support structures but also dramatic lighting that evokes an atmosphere of the "dawn's early light," similar to what Francis Scott Key experienced Sept. 14, 1814, when he wrote the song that would become the national anthem.


This Fourth of July, make your gift to the nation.

Help preserve and protect our heritage and treasures accessible to millions at the National Museum of American History by making a gift of any size today.

The Star-Spangled Banner—the flag that inspired the national anthem—is just one of over 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections at the museum.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research, and dynamic public outreach, we help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future.


Planning a visit to the museum? Mark your calendars for these great objects, displays, and exhibitions.

Now on View

Ted Williams Boston Red Sox jersey and hat

Baseball fans visiting the museum won't want to miss this display of Ted Williams's time playing left field for the Boston Red Sox. At the end of his playing days, Williams managed the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers. See more items from the museum's baseball collections.

Ted Williams’s Mexican American heritage is not well known. At the museum, we are busy working on a new bilingual exhibition that will share how, for over a century, baseball has been a crucial social and cultural force for U.S. Latino communities.


¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues

Baseball is at the heart of many communities in the United States, but for Latino families, it is more than simply a game. Opening on October 9, 2020, the upcoming exhibition ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues examines how Latinas/os have celebrated community, made a living, and challenged prejudice through baseball. 

On our blog, read the stories of pioneering Afro-Latino baseball players Minnie Miñoso, Juan Marichal, and Matty Alou, who overcame language barriers, racial discrimination, and a lack of community support. In spite of these obstacles, Latino ballplayers achieved success and helped change American baseball culture throughout the past century.

Closing Soon

The American Revolution: A World War
closing July 9, 2019

The exhibition, in the Nicholas F. and Eugenia Taubman Gallery, explores the Franco-American partnership during the Revolution and the extent to which international relations shaped the formation of the United States.

Artifacts include two historical paintings that depict the culminating events at Yorktown in 1781 that ended the war on American soil, a pistol given to George Washington by British Gen. Edward Braddock during the Seven Years War, and a cannon used at Yorktown. Browse the online exhibit.

Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II 
closing July 31, 2019 

The exhibition, in the Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, explores the Japanese American experience during World War II through the Executive Order 9066. This document was the catalyst that led to the forced incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry, whether or not they were U.S. citizens, in prison camps across the country, many being relocated far from home.

The exhibit features original artwork by Roger Shimomura, who spent several years in the Minidoka camp in Idaho. Browse the online exhibit.
The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. Sign language interpretation and real-time captioning of programs and special events are available upon request. Two weeks’ notic
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