Historic Flag Locations

Feb 19th, 2017

Many historic flags and documents have been preserved and are available for viewing by the general public. Following is a list of locations.


Bennington Flag (“Spirit of 76”): The Bennington, or Fillmore, flag is currently housed at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vermont. It is not clear whether it is actually on display, so you may want to contact them before going. Read about the history of the Bennington flag on our blog.



Constitution: The original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights is permanently housed in Washington D.C. in the National Archives. Those documents can be viewed by visiting the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.




Civil War Flags: The American Civil War Museum, located in Virginia, contains a huge collection of both Union and Confederate battle flags. This museum is one of many where original, preserved Civil War battle flags can be viewed. Read about the history of battle flags on our blog.



Idaho State Flag: Emma Edwards Green’s state flag design was officially adopted by the Idaho legislature in 1907. The painting of her original state flag is preserved in the Idaho Historical Museum located in Boise, Idaho. Read about the history of Idaho’s state flag on our blog.



Minnesota Battle Flags: The 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s national color became the first battle flag to be displayed in a state capitol building. It now has a number of battle flags on display. Read about battle flag history on our blog.    


Nashville City Flag: The city’s original flag adopted is stored in the Metro Archives. You should check with that department before going to view the flag. Read about Nashville’s city flag history on our blog.



Oklahoma State Flag: The original hand painted flag designed by Louise Fluke in 1924 is preserved by the DAR. Oklahoma State Society. The war shield and peace pipe that Fluke used as models for the flag are housed at the State Capital Historical Museum. Read about the history of Oklahoma’s state flag on our blog.



United States Flag: The original United States flag is housed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The museum’s state-or-the-art gallery containing the flag opened November 21, 2008. Read about the history of the United States flag on our blog.



Many museums and other organizations maintain historical flags and other documents. You should check with your state museum or historical society to find locations near you.


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