Minnesota State Flag History

Oct 11th, 2016

Minnesota was the 32nd state admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858. It adopted its first official flag 35 years later, in 1893. The current flag design was adopted through an amendment to the state flag statute in 1957.


Minnesota Current Flag


The first official flag was designed by Amelia Hyde Center of Minneapolis in 1893. It had a white field on one side and light blue on the opposite side.


MN Reverse                                      Minn Obverse


In 1957, the state flag was redesigned to eliminate the different colored fields on each side. In its place, a royal blue field was chosen. The blue is said to represent the United States promise to choose its own leaders. At the time the flag was redesigned, the white flowers were replaced by pink and white Lady’s Slippers. That change was made to correct a design error in the original flag that featured flowers that were not native to the state.


The flag has remained the same with the exception of a change because of a redesign of the state seal in 1983. The new seal replaced the old one on the field of the Minnesota flag.


In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted a State/Provincial Flag Survey. Flag designs were rated from Canadian provinces and U.S. states and territories. Out of 72 flags, Minnesota ranked 67th. It was the 5th worse flag of all those rated. Most state flag designs that featured the state seal or coat of arms ranked very low in the survey.


Many efforts have been made in the 2000s to pass legislation to adopt a redesign of the Minnesota flag, but all have failed.


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