Weaving Citizenship Into the Star-Spangled Banner

Citizenship & Constitution Day 2014

Date and time

September 17, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

About this event

Join the Center for the Study of Citizenship in welcoming Marilyn Zoidis of the Henry Ford Museum as she discusses the history of the Star-Spangled Banner. Ms. Zoidis weaves the story of the Star-Spangled Banner into larger themes of citizenship and how we identify ourselves as Americans. She discusses how disenfranchised groups, African-Americans, suffragettes and interned Japanese-Americans, used the flag as inspiration and as a symbol for their struggles.

This lecture represents the 2014 Citizenship and Constitution Day celebration at Wayne State University. The day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.


David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


Wayne State University students free admission, others free or by donation. A donation helps the Center for the Study of Citizenship ensure that we are able to continue to bring programs such as this one to you. 

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Marilyn Zoidis smilingMarilyn Zoidis

Ms. Zoidis has been the director of Historical Resources at The Henry Ford, since 2010. She was most recently the assistant director of the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, Kentucky, a position she held since 2006. Prior to joining the Kentucky Historical Society, Ms. Zoidis was the senior curator for the Star-Spangled Banner Project at the National Museum of American History. She has also served as a Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow and received the Outstanding Professional Service Award from the Maine State Society of Washington, DC, and the Performance, Director’s, and Peer Recognition Special Achievement Awards while at the National Museum of American History.

Ms. Zoidis was the director for research and collections at the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, as well as the executive director at the Freeport Historical Society and the Bangor Historical Society. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maine with a major in Secondary Education. Her graduate work includes a Master’s of Education from the University of Maine and a Master of Arts in American History from Carnegie Mellon University.

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