Investigations

Star Spangled Banner

The Case:

A Eugene, Oregon woman was helping her father pack up his house when she found a yellowed document tucked away inside his desk. It had been there for nearly sixty years. She soon discovered it was a handwritten manuscript for the The Star Spangled Banner. 

Her father got the manuscript in 1935 as a gift from his mentor, Arnold J. Gantvoort.  Ganvoort was part of a committee to create an official, standardized version of the national anthem. Appraisers at Antiques Roadshow valued the music at $10-$15,000. History Detectives host, Elyse Luray sets out to determine what role this document played in the creation of our national anthem.


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Aired:
Season 10, Episode 9

Detective:
Elyse Luray Location:
Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland

More Information

Ft McHenry National Monument
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD  21230
410) 962-4290
www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

Marine Band Library and Museum
8th & I Streets SE
Washington, DC  20390
www.marineband.usmc.mil/learning_tools/library_and_archives/

Original Manuscript

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