In case you didn’t know, June 14th is Flag Day!
According to The White House Historic Association…”Flag Day celebrates the Second Continental Congress’ adoption of the American flag in 1777. However, today’s observance is special, as this marks 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson’s proclamation proposed that June 14 be officially recognized as Flag Day. The American flag epitomizes our nation’s history, from resolve to preeminence. Through Flag Day, President Wilson wanted the U.S. to “stand with united hearts, for an America which no man can corrupt, no influence draw away from its ideals, no force divide against itself.”
Within the vast collection at Liberty Hall Museum, we have several American flags collected by the Kean Family. What is unique about this particular collection is that none of the flags have 50 stars. Since today is Flag Day, we thought we would share with you some of the history of the flags in our collection!
As the nation continued to expand after the American Revolutionary War, Congress, realizing the impracticalities of adding a stripe for each joining state, declared in 1818 that the flag would once again have 13 stripes—one for each of the original colonies—but that a new star would be added for each new state. This star would be added to the flag on the Fourth of July holiday following the state’s admission to the Union.
Another unique flag we have is one that has 42 stars. This flag was never adopted as one of our national flags since Idaho was added on July 3, 1890 – 1 day before the newest version of the flag became official! Sorry – no picture 😦
Also in the collection, we have a flag that was draped on the casket of Congressman Robert Winthrop Kean. He served in WWI and was a United States Representative from 1939-1959.