On the Maryland Humanities Council Blog

The Flag House was featured on the Maryland Humanities Council blog on May 25th. Preview the post below or follow the links below to see the full article or listen to the History Corner podcast version of the story that aired on June 7 on WYPR.

You have probably passed the three-story brick house standing at the corner of Baltimore’s Pratt and Albemarle Streets numerous times on your way east along Pratt Street or walking toward the Inner Harbor. Walking by, you may have missed the bronze plaque designating the building as a National Historic Landmark, and you might not have realized that this more than 200-year-old building is the birthplace of the most famous American flag to ever fly. Read the rest.

To listen to the podcast click HERE.


2017 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business

On Friday, March 24, 2017 the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House awarded the fifth annual Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business to Jeannette Kendall, founder and director of Success in Style.

Success In Style (SIS), is a non-profit that helps disadvantaged men and women find employment by providing them with interview attire.  She is a Fashion Institute of Technology trained fashion designer with experience in the NY garment industry.  Her former business, Elegance in Style took her to venues around the country teaching women to be expert consumers of fashion: considering professional needs, color, body type and personal style – an early version of “What Not to Wear”.  She realized that the women who needed her services most could not afford the seminar and so she turned her focus to begin a non-profit to serve the women in her community.  Fifteen years later, SIS has six studios for serving disadvantaged clients (now men and women) in the Baltimore-Washington corridor and four upscale resale boutiques that provide 95% of the funding for the organization–all run solely by an army of dedicated volunteers.  In 2014, Jeannette was recognized by her local Chamber of Commerce as Entrepreneur of the Year for her ability to turn straw into gold for the benefit of the community.  The business model for SIS sells donated items, not used for interview attire, to pay operating expenses and purchase needed items.  The family of stores includes a beautiful resale bridal salon, Cherie Amour.

1964 Star-Spangled Banner Replica Flag Collection Now Online

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is happy to announce that the latest capsule collection, Star-Spangled Banner Flag Replica Collectioncan now be viewed in its entirety via Digital Maryland’s website. The Star-Spangled Banner Flag Replica Collection provides a history of the work that went into creating this replica of the flag that was flown over Fort McHenry after its bombardment on September 14, 1814 during the Battle of Baltimore. The flag replica, started in 1963 and completed in 1964 under the auspices of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, was destined for display at the Maryland pavilion of the New York World’s Fair of 1964-1965. The collection contains both letters leading to the production of the hand-sewn flag replica as well as an American Legion participant’s scrapbook of the work done on the flag replica, including lists of names of participants, photographs, newspaper clippings, and its displays away from the Fair. Click the image below to be taken to the collection home page. 

2017 Scholar Award & Essay Contest is LIVE!

2017 Flag House Scholarship Award 

The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore Maryland is a National Historic Landmark and the historic home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner. The Star-Spangled Banner is the giant American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem when it flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812.

This year on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 the Flag House will award the fifth annual Flag 2017-flier-webHouse Scholar Award and a scholarship in the amount of $1,812.00 (generously donated by the National Chapters of the United States Daughters of the War of 1812) to a high school senior to put toward the college of his/her choice. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges as a result of an essay submission.


1. Essay must be no more than 300 words.
2. Essay must be submitted through this form- please do not e-mail or mail your essay.
3. Essay must answer the question posed.
4. Winner must be a high school senior and able to travel to Baltimore to read his/her essay aloud at the Flag House on June 14, 2017.

Submissions will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2017.

To see this year’s question, helpful links, and to submit your essay visit: 2017 Essay Contest

Congratulations to Carla D. Hayden!

Carla D. Hayden, winner of 2015 Mary Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business and CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library since 1993, will become the first woman and the first African-American to oversee the nation’s largest library as head of the Library of Congress. Hayden was nominated by President Barack Obama in February and was confirmed by the Senate on a 7418 vote.

“She moved the Enoch Pratt into the digital age,” said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat. “She’s a transformational leader.”

Read more at the Baltimore Sun.

Congratulations to Nicole McFadyen!

Path to Excellence Cover, 3.4.16Congratulations to Head Orioles groundskeeper and 2016 Mary Pickersgill Award winner, Nicole McFadyen!

“The no-nonsense head groundskeeper at Oriole Park spends 12 to 14 hours at the park on game days. She was only the second woman head groundskeeper ever on a Major League team and is still one of only two currently in the league.

It is for her leadership in the field, innovative approach and her ability to create opportunities for other women that on March 10 she is receiving the Mary Young Pickersgill Award for Women’s Leadership in Business.”

See more coverage at The Daily Record and WJZ, WMAR and WBFF

Posters of Summer 2015!

Every Friday over this summer on our Facebook page, we shared a series of posters from the generous gift made by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall to the Flag House in 1965. Most of the posters were from the World War I and II eras.

Here, we’ve put them all together for viewing and we’re looking forward to sharing more treasures from our collection on social media next summer!

Inaugural Flag House Art Contest!

U.S.D. of 1812 New York State Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum Committee Announces the Inaugural Flag House Art Contest!

Join youthful artists everywhere in the Flag House Art Contest!

Most people do not know who Mary Pickersgill was or why her home, “The Flag House” is important. Mary Pickersgill created the flag in her home, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner! The goal of this contest is to spread awareness of Mary Pickersgill, The Flag House, the Star Spangled Museum and create cool flag house art.

There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Contest open to K through 12th grade! Winning art to be hung at the Flag House!

See contest rules here and here or contact:
Elfreda Stangland
NYS Flag House & Star-Spangled Banner Museum
Committee Chairman
336 West State Street
Albion,N.Y. 14411
elfreda.stangland@gmail.com | 585-589-1640