Star Spangled Banner
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.
Ft McHenry National Monument
2400 East Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230
Marine Band Library and Museum
8th & I Streets SE
Washington, DC 20390
- Also with Elyse Luray Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Connecticut Farmhouse Why did this Connecticut farmhouse have so many owners in such a short space of time?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 NC-4: First Across The Atlantic Is this piece of fabric a remnant from the first transatlantic flight?
- Also in Emerging Modern America: 1890-1930 Great Mexican War Posters Is this an advertisement for a film made by an eyewitness to the Mexican Revolution?
- Also with Elyse Luray Galleon Shipwreck Is this a piece of treasure from a Spanish galleon washed up on an Oregon beach?
- Also in Season 10 Nazi Spy Toys Did a Nazi spy buy these toy soldiers?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.