The first American flag Peter Keim collected was a thirteen-star specimen that he found poking out of a paper bag at a farm sale. Not even bothering to take a closer look, he bought the lot on a lark for $40.
Capture the Flag
We hadn’t heard much about Betsy Ross for—oh, about forty years or so. At the time of the Bicentennial, she was the most famous woman in American history, a figurative mother of the country who “gave birth to our collective symbol.”
Triskaidekaphilia in Philadelphia
A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags, on view at the Museum of the American Revolution and curated by specialist Jeff R. Bridgman from his own comprehensive holdings, showcases thirty-two American flag patterns, sparking our desire to learn more.