Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner

with Storyteller Lynn Rymarz
Saturday, June 24

Mary Pickersgill

Join storyteller and Author Lynn Rymarz as she steps back in time to tell the story of Mary Pickersgill, the Baltimore flag maker who sewed the now famous “Star Spangled flag,” on Saturday, June 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the one-room Central Schoolhouse on the Mount Prospect Historical Society campus, 103 S. Main St., Mount Prospect. The program is open to adults and children entering second grade who are accompanied by an adult.

Mrs. Pickersgill’s now-famous flag flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore against the British in September 1814. Her “Star Spangled flag” inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to the poem, which became our National Anthem. As part of the program, Ms. Rymarz will share historical photographs from this time in our nation’s history to impart more of what life was like in the early 19th century.

Lynn Rymarz has entertained audiences with her portrayals of historic women since 2005. As a speaker and children’s author, she enjoys sharing little-known historical stories. Such stories have been published in the children’s magazines of CRICKET and HIGHLIGHTS. Her performances, told in the first person, include Martha Washington, Mary Lincoln, Nellie Bly, Susan B. Anthony, Eliza Dibble Sawtell and Madame Curie, among other famous American women.

Light desserts and lemonade will be served at this afternoon event. Cost is $15 per adult and $5 for student history buffs, who must be accompanied by an adult. The program is interactive and Ms. Rymarz is happy to have assistance from young historians. Tickets can be purchased below via PayPal or by phoning the Historical Society office at 847/392-9006.

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