Free talks on Francis Scott Key and 1898 Steinway piano, Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House

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Author’s Talk: What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key, A Life by Marc Leepson

Thursday, July 17

6 p.m.

Free admission


Historian Marc Leepson discusses and signs copies of his book exploring the life and legacy of Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer who became an American icon for writing a poem that would become our national anthem. In What So Proudly We Hailed, Leepson reveals that there is more to Key than writing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He was a highly successful lawyer and served as U.S. Attorney during the first race riot in Washington, D.C., in 1835, and was a member of Jackson’s “kitchen cabinet,” who held meetings for the group in his Georgetown home. Set as the early republic was rapidly growing and confronting crucial issues of states’ rights and war and peace, Leepson tells the fascinating life story of an American patriot who played a little-known but important role in shaping the United States. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture.



Lunch Bite: The Andersons’ 1898 Steinway Grand Piano

Friday, July 18

12:30 p.m.

Free admission

Join Kendall Casey, museum education manager, as she discusses the Andersons’ 1898 Steinway grand piano and how the couple entertained Washington society with music.  After the lecture, enjoy listening to a song from the Andersons’ music collection being played on their piano.


The lectures will be held at the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House. 

The Society of the Cincinnati

2118 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20008