Cecil County Historical Society to host an evening with Mary Pickersgill


Abby, performing at the Historical Society of Cecil County last year when she portrayed, Tillie Peirce, a civilian witness to the Battle of Gettysburg.

   Next Saturday, the Historical Society of Cecil County will be hosting a living history program, starring “The Flag Lady”, Mary Pickersgill.  Mary Pickersgill made the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.  That flag, led a young Lawyer, Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Bangled Banner”, which eventually became our national anthem.  

      The part of Mary will be portrayed by University of Delaware student, Abby Harding.  Abby performed at the Historical Society last year as Tillie Pierce, a civilian at the Battle of Gettysburg. 

      As a history buff and a fan of theatre, I find these type of programs enjoyable.  I think that you can get more out of these kind of programs than you can in a lecture.  It really makes the people that you read about in textbooks and hear about in class, come alive.  As a future Educator, I would try to incorporate these programs into the program.  I’ve been a volunteer at the Society since my freshman year of high school (about the time the Historical Society started these programs) and have attended every single on that the organization has hosted.  I especially enjoyed Thurgood Marshall when we had him last year.

       Once again, the event is next Saturday at the Historical Society of Cecil County, located on 135 East Main Street in Elkton, Maryland.  The performance starts at 7:00pm and admission is free! Thats right, Free!  Come on it’s a FREE EVENT, SO YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!  If you have any questions please call the Historical Society at 410-398-1790, or email them at, history@cchistory.org.


~ by Kyle Dixon on March 22, 2009.

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