Wednesday, June 26, 6-7:00pm

Written in 1814, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the most controversial song in United States history and it continues to inflame passions to this day. In this presentation, author Marc Ferris relates the fascinating hidden history about our national anthem, punctuated by live musical renditions of the song’s original version along with other tunes considered for anthem status in this broad sweep of American music and political history.

Marc Ferris, author of the acclaimed book Star-Spangled Banner: The Unlikely Story of America’s National Anthem, has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, CBS This Morning and many other major media outlets.

The presentation will cover these pivotal questions, and more:

-Why did “The Star-Spangled Banner” become our national anthem?

-Did Jimi Hendrix perform the first controversial version?

-Why do many Americans stand, cross their hearts and take off their hats when it airs?

Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Purchase Free Library, 3093 Purchase Street, Purchase, NY 10577
RSVP: Space is limited. Please RSVP by June 20th
(914) 948-0550 or email