Star-Spangled Banner Becomes Permanent Part of USNM Collection

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The Star-Spangled Banner is accessioned into the permanent collection of the United States National Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The flag was first loaned to the museum July 9, 1907 by Eben Appleton, grandson of Major George Armistead, the defender of Fort McHenry. In 1912 Appleton decided to make a permanent gift of the flag to the museum "with the firm and settled intention of having it remain there forever...." The flag was accessioned into the collection on December 17, 1912.


  • Appleton, Eben
  • Armistead, George 1780-1818
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • United States National Museum
  • Star-Spangled Banner (Flag)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 305, Accession 54876.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


December 17, 1912


  • Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.)
  • Accessions
  • Baltimore, Battle of (Maryland : 1814)
  • Gifts
  • Flags
  • Baltimore, Battle of, 1814.)

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