Mr. Key's Poem: Our National Anthem

July 4, 2017, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
July 4, 2017, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hennage Auditorium
326 W. Francis St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
United States

"Oh say can you see" are the familiar and powerful first words of a poem written by 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Francis Scott Key on September 14, 1814. The poem, inspired by the Battle of Baltimore eventually became America's national Anthem. Join Francis Scott Key as he recounts the events that inspired his hand and musicians Kelly Kennedy and John Turner share popular songs from the first quarter of the 19th century. Discover the history of the tune and the words that did not become our official national anthem until 1931, amidst considerable controversy and opposition, especially from the Women's Christian Temperance Union. (1 hour)


Additional ticket required in addition to Museum Admission, $5 General, $4 Children/Military

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