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Remembering 9-11


Today we remember all who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

(Provincial Annals, September 11, 2001, used with permission of the Provincial Archives)
A Day of Infamy!
Today terrorist attacked the World Trade Building in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington by having the hijackers on our planes crash into these building The passengers on the third plane were able to prevent the third attack when they overcame the attackers before the plane when down in Pennsylvania. The country was immediately put on high alert and this has now continued. The passengers on all the planes died and over 3,000 persons died in the World Trade Building. This day will never be forgotten in the history of the United States. Fortunately, no Daughters of Charity or Vincentians were killed.

St. Joseph’s Church in Emmitsburg prepared a prayer service including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Messages were received from the Daughters of Charity around the world giving us their support and a promise of prayers.

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DCs and the 19th Amendment

(Text from Provincial Annals of October 6, 1920 used with permission of the Provincial Archives)

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. The following October, Sisters of the Emmitsburg Province received these instructions from Cardinal James Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore:

October 6
A Circular from the Director is received today, worded as follows: “It is the wish of His Eminence, Cardinal Gibbons, that all the Sisters in Maryland, but especially those in Baltimore should register as voters. Registration does not impose the obligation of voting, but is necessary in order that one may vote at Preliminaries and on Election day. In conformity with the wishes of His Eminence you will please register at this time. In regard to voting, you will receive instructions later, etc. etc…. ”
(Provincial Annals, October 6, 1920)

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Star Spangled Banner 200th Anniversary

Program for the celebration of the 100th anniverary of the Star Spangled Banner, 1914 (courtesy Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)

Program for the celebration of the 100th anniverary of the Star Spangled Banner, 1914 (courtesy Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives)

On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. The image above shows the cover from the program for the celebration marking the centennial of the battle at Fort McHenry and the writing of The Star Spangled Banner, a copy of which can be found in our library collection.

We consulted with Loras Schissel, of the Music Division of the Library of Congress, concerning the history of The Star Spangled Banner and of To Anacreon in Heaven, the tune on which The Star Spangled Banner is based. According to Schissel, The Star Spangled Banner, as sung, is the only national anthem that ends in a question mark. It’s not a drinking song, but was written as a “club” song for the Anacreontics and was writen to show off the good voice and range of one of the singers.

In 1931 President Herbert Hoover signed legislation which made the Star Spangled Banner the United States’ official national anthem. When Irving Berlin was asked if he thought God Bless America should be national anthem, he said, “we already have one … and it’s a darn good one.”

Learn more about the history of the Star Spangled Banner in this website from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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