Restoring the Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner has been at the Smithsonian Institution since 1907. It first flew during the War of 1812, and when Francis Scott Key saw it still flying after a battle, he was inspired to write the national anthem. Last year, Smithsonian conservators decided that the flag should be taken down, cleaned and repaired. NPR's Joe Palca takes a look at the very complicated process of cleaning an ancient national symbol.



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