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WASHINGTON, DC (WBAL/NBC) - From the start, it was clear that Tuesday was no usual day at the office for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. It was moving day for Francis Scott Key's original Star-Spangled Banner manuscript. It's roommate for the summer is the flag that served as Key's inspiration.
"This is a culmination of 200 years, actually; the first time that these two incredible icons are together," said Barry Kummerow, president of the Maryland Historical Society.
Kummerow played matchmaker for one incredibly choreographed first date.
According to Smithsonian Curator Jennifer Jones, the move required the use of two-way radios, Tyvek suits and even a dress rehearsal.
"You know, when you're dealing with two icons of American history, you don't leave things to chance," Jones said.
The flag is the same one Key saw flying over Fort McHenry on Sept. 14, 1814.