Of Stars & Stripes: From the Collection of Dr. John Olson

DSC08240_webAn extensive private collection of American flags, political banners, and memorabilia tell a visual story of our states. See original pre-Civil War flags, reproductions from the Colonial era, and more! 

Included in the exhibit is a 34 Star Parade Flag made of silk. This flag was reportedly flown at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. Also in the show is a 13 Star/13 Stripe Flag circa 1861 – 1876. It is an example of the first flag of the United States, authorized by the Second Continental Congress on June 14 (now Flag Day) 1777.

Flag_IMG_6495 Museum visitors will also see printed samples of the Flag Acts and a wonderful English Textile (circa 1783) with an all-over pattern showing Liberty seated on an altar. She is pictured holding a medallion of Washington being crowned with a laurel wreath by a flying Victory, with legend “America Presenting at the Altar of Liberty Medallions of her Illustrious Sons”.

200 South Second St., Clarksville, TN 37040931-648-5780Open: Tuesday Through Sunday • Closed Mondays