The Evolution of the American Flag

November 14, 2021, 1:00 PM

The American flag did not always look the way it does today. From the flag’s creation in 1777 until 1912, there was no standard design. At 2 pm, J. Richard Pierce will help Durand-Hedden House visitors understand how the evolution of the flag’s design illuminates the personal and historical stories woven into the framework of our nation.

Drawing upon examples from his Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags, he will explore the timeless appeal the Stars and Stripes holds for generations of Americans. Because no laws governed the placement of stars before 1912, the design was up to the flag maker, resulting in a wide range of creative interpretations over the course of our history.

The House and Country Store will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Proof of vaccination and masks required for everyone’s safety.

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National History

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