According to a recent press release, September's First Friday event will feature the creator of our nation's national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Francis Scott Key actually watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 from the deck of a British warship while he was negotiating the release of fellow Americans being held under arrest.  Key was also well-known as a lawyer, author and amateur poet.  His father was a soldier in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and he himself was an antislavery activist who at one time had owned slaves.

This famous American will be portrayed by Christopher Sutton, living historian.  Sutton is a public speaker, storyteller, actor, and reenactor who presents many programs under the title Tales with a Twist.  He has spoken at the Depot before during the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2014.

This entertaining and educational evening will kick off on September 2nd at 5:30 with refreshments and the program itself will begin at 6:00 pm. The First Friday events are monthly programs that explore our country’s past through guest speakers portraying historical figures or speaking on historical topics of interest.  They are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so reservations are required. Call the Katy Depot at 660-826-2932 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays to reserve your seat.

Randy Kirby