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Long May She Wave -- The Evolution of Our Flag

posted Jan 2, 2018, 10:56 AM by Darien Historical News   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 11:35 AM ]
The history of the American flag is as varied and fascinating as the Republic it represents. This stunning exhibit, which runs from January 18 to March 13, will include several antique flags and photographs from the Society's collection. It will also feature a timeline that traces the evolution of our nation's banner through local and national events.

Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added to the flag, the exhibit will include a soundtrack with music and voices from our past, and a lecture series focusing on subjects relating to the flag's history.

Bring the whole family to this special exhibit and see how Darien's history is reflected in the nation's past -- and gain a deeper appreciation for what Old Glory has represented over the years. Be sure to create your own 51-star flag and leave your impression of what the Stars and Stripes has meant to you. 

Registration is open for the following programs:

Thursday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Ed Hynes, local history expert and financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Westport, discusses our nation's most famous flag and the inspiration behind our national anthem. A champagne opening reception follows.

Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m.
Did Betsy Ross make the first flag? Get the real story about our flag's history with Susan Jerome, collections manager for the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island.

Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.
After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln's box at Ford's Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator of the Connecticut Historical Society.

Cost for each program will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members, $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.

Cost for the exhibit will be free for members, $5 for non-members. Darien's First Responders, Teachers and Students attend free.