The Flag House is a museum, too

THE FORUM

September 23, 1993

Several months ago The Evening Sun carried a series of pieces on conditions at the Flag House Courts public housing complex. In describing the early conditions and subsequent improvements, your writers shortened the name of the complex to "Flag House."

This naturally had an adverse effect on attendance at the adjacent Star Spangled Banner Flag House and Museum, which is located across Albemarle Street. Now that the nearby projects have been cleaned up, we would like to welcome all

Baltimoreans, city and county, to this national historic landmark.

This unique historic shrine at the northwest corner of Pratt and Albemarle Streets was the home of Mary Pickersgill, who made the large flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the British bombardment of Baltimore in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now the national anthem.

The house is authentically restored, the museum holds something of interest for everyone, adjacent parking is available and the delightful redolence of Little Italy is easily discernible from across Pratt Street.

The Flag House is open daily except Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clifford C. Bruck

Baltimore

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