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Stonington’s Star-Spangled Banner
As a photo-historian, I looked first at the flag in the 1909 black and white photo and only counted fifteen stripes as opposed to the reported sixteen. With that type of visual proof, is there anything not included in the article that would change the fifteen stripes to sixteen?
Textile conservator Susan Jerome replies: Now that it is fully laid flat on the platform in the current exhibit [at the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London], there is a piece of white wool bunting evident along the bottom, about 2 feet from the hoist. This piece appears to be all that is left of the white stripe. In the 1909 photo, the hoist is definitely longer than the wool (you can see a red stripe along the bottom edge), also strongly suggesting that the flag had an additional stripe almost lost by 1909. I know that the installation of the flag last month was the first time I had ever seen it fully laid out – what a treat!
Mark Twain House
William Webb, An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut
Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library discusses the African-American experience in the Civil War.
Connecticut Historical Society Manuscripts Blog
CHS blogs about new and intriguing manuscripts in their collection.
Historic Buildings of Connecticut
A 2008 Hartford Preservation Alliance Award winner.
Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University features curiosities from its collections.
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