BALTIMORE CITY ARCHIVES
(National Star Spangled Banner Centennial Commission)
In commemoration of Francis Scott Key's "Star Spangled Banner," a centennial celebration was held the week of September 6-13, 1914 in Baltimore. This celebration was the suggestion of Mayor James H. Preston who believed that the formation of such a national organization could promote patriotism by emphasizing the flag. During the interval of the centennial, the first meeting of the National Star Spangled Banner Centennial Commission was held to draft a catechism relative to the flag.
Further information regarding this commission can be obtained from their numerous brochures and programs and magazine and newspaper articles of the period. There is no descriptive history of the celebration.
For meeting minutes of the commission see: RG.9, S.15 (49 thru 49F).
There is a 1914 meeting minutes book located at the Maryland Historical Society, MS 2263.