Learn About The Star-Spangled Banner at Ridgefield Historical Society on July 1


Ed Hynes, who has given several well-received lectures on the Battle of Ridgefield, will focus on an event in a different war, albeit with the same adversaries, in a new webinar on July 1. The program, in advance of Independence Day celebrations, is presented by the Ridgefield Historical Society with the Ridgefield Library. 

“The Writing of the Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key, September 12-13, 1814,” will present the experiences of Key and two other Americans who were detained on British warships in Baltimore Harbor as the ship’s guns bombarded Ft. McHenry. Hynes will describe the long night that ended before dawn and the sight that eventually revealed itself: “The star-spangled banner” still waving.

The free program will begin at 7 p.m.; to register, visit https://ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Ed Hynes, CFA is a Wilton native and graduated from Wilton High School and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. During a career spent mostly in financial services, he has maintained a lifelong interest in history, a pursuit shared with his wife, with whom he has visited many important battlefields, in the United States and abroad. They live in Norwalk.


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