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A Growing Constellation: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-2020
R. Stephenson, Museum of the American Revolution

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Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today (Exhibition)
Title: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today
Curator: Matthew Skic
Abstract: The Museum's summer exhibition, "Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today," showcases dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787.
Year: 2021
Primary URL: http://
Primary URL Description: The special exhibition landing page on the Museum of the American Revolution's website.

True Colours Flags Project (Web Resource)
Title: True Colours Flags Project
Author: Tyler Putnam
Abstract: Philadelphia seamstresses like Betsy Ross and Rebecca Flower Young supported the Revolutionary War by making the large flags flown by privateers and navy ships at sea. To highlight the global connections of the American Revolution, the Museum commissioned modern makers to create 14 large handmade flags replicating those that were flown by Revolutionary-era privateers and navy ships at sea. The Museum debuted the flags on Flag Day Weekend in conjunction with Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today, which features more than 40 rare American flags alongside historic documents. Onsite visitors interacted with the makers who recreated these early flags from countries like the United States, France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, and more, including handling the flags, trying their hand at sewing, and learning about historic textile work. Online visitors were able to follow the project’s progress and take a closer look behind the scenes through the Museum’s social media channels. An activity guide for families was created for True Colours highlighting flags in the Museum’s collection and flags on loan for the special exhibition, explaining how flags have been used as symbols for communication, and featuring fun activities. The colorful flags were on display in the Museum’s outdoor plaza from June 10-June 14 and again from June 28-July 5. The flags, which range in size from 7 x 10 ft., 5 x 7 ft, and 2 x 40 feet, are currently on display on the Museum’s in-gallery privateer ship, where they are used as storytelling tools to bring history to life for visitors of all ages.
Year: 2021
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: The Museum of the American Revolution's website. Digital project resources were distributed through the Museum's social media channels.