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"You only reap what you sow, so be sure to spread more kindness and 
 consideration for your fellow man than envy or ill will” 
                                                                                      John Gruber  (1768-1857) 

CITY OF HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND


  Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary!

On October 9th, 2014, The City of Hagerstown held a celebration honoring the 200th Anniversary of The Star Spangled Banner and to also honor John Gruber and The Maryland Theater for their 200+ years of contribution to the arts and humanities to the region. The celebration commemorating Gruber’s significant cultural and historical achievements was held at the site of Gruber’s first print shop on South Potomac Street (now, coincidentally the site of the Maryland Theater!). The honors included the unveiling of a historical marker, speeches by officials, and certificates of special recognition issued by city Mayor David S. Gysberts. It was John Gruber, along with partner and son-in-law, Daniel May, who first published The Star Spangled Banner (originally titled "Defence of Fort McHenry’) in song form in his National Songster - 1814, Hagerstown, Maryland. For more local media coverage of the day's events, go to http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/hagerstown-celebrates-first-printing-of-the-star-spangled-banner/article_12bc03d0-502c-11e4-a3f2-0017a43b2370.html. 

CITY OF HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND

                                                                                     Media Release

Hagerstown Celebrates Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary

Ceremony also recognizes 100th anniversary of Maryland Theatre, site where National Anthem was printed

For Release - October 1, 2014

  Join the City of Hagerstown in commemorating the community's mark in history during the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem. The first publication of the Star Spangled Banner in a music book occurred in 1814 at Gruber's Print Shop, which is now the site of The Maryland Theatre. The community will be celebrating this important event in Hagerstown's history on Thursday, October 9th from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  at The Maryland Theatre.

 A special ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. when Mayor Dave Gysberts and other honored guests will unveil a new interpretive marker commemorating the 200th anniversary as well as the upcoming 100th anniversary of The Maryland Theatre.

 Other festivities throughout the afternoon and into the evening include displays, movie showings, children's activities and period music. Guests will be able to view an exhibition of an original copy of the Gruber songbook printed in Hagerstown in 1814. A full-sized accurate replica of the 40'x30' Fort McHenry flag will also be on display; the original is on display in the Smithsonian Institution. The Fort McHenry National Monument Visitor Center movie will be shown, which relates the story of the Battle of Baltimore and Francis Scott Key's poem that became the National Anthem. 1812 reenactors, including the Fort McHenry Fifes and Drums, will be at the Theatre throughout the afternoon playing period music and offering living history education. Children's activities will be provided from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stephen Bockmiller at (301) 739-8577 ext. 139 or email cw150@hagerstownmd.org.      

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