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History à la Carte: A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

Wednesday, Jul. 11, noon–1 p.m. in the museum's Daniels Auditorium.

Everyone says they “know” the song, but few can sing all its words; fewer understand their meaning. Made for the Smithsonian Channel, this video (2014; not rated; run time: 51 min.) travels back to 1814, when the young American capital was under attack, and Francis Scott Key was moved to compose a poem, soon published as the “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” that eventually became the lyrics to our national anthem.

Bring your own lunch; beverages provided.

For information, call 919-807-7969.