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Join the Museum as we take our True Colours Flag Project to the waterfront of Washington College, overlooking the Chester River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in Chestertown, Maryland. Chestertown is the home port of the Schooner SULTANA, which inspired the replica sloop you can board at the Museum.

What kind of flags did ships like SULTANA fly at sea, and who made them? Learn about the collaborative research involved with the True Colours Flag Project and our future plans for these hand-sewn flags fit for a privateer. Broadcasting live from the Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall at Washington College, Gallery Interpretation Manager Dr. Tyler Putman will be joined by True Colours flagmakers Kirsten Hammerstrom and Nastassia Parker to present the project’s history and engage in a live Q&A about the flags’ international ports of call in the 1770s. The True Colours Flag Project is sponsored by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.

This free online event is offered in partnership with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. The Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall is the home to the Center for Environment & Society at The Waterfront Campus at Washington College.

This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College. The True Colours Flag Project is sponsored by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.

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  • logo for the Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution

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True Colours Flag Project

Follow the process of recreating and the history behind the flags flown by 18th-century ships at sea during the Revolutionary War with the Museum's True Colours Flag Project.
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American Sailing Vessel 1778 Courtesy National Maritime Museum Royal Museums
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 
True Colours Flag Project

An Introduction to the True Colours Flag Project

Learn more about the Museum's True Colours Flag Project, an initiative to recreate a "suit of colours" or set of flags carried by ships during the Revolutionary War.
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True Colours Flags laid out in liberty Hall at the Museum and photographed above from a lift
 
True Colours Flag Project

Meet the Makers of True Colours

Meet the seamstresses the Museum has partnered with to bring the True Colours Flag Project to life using historically accurate techniques and materials.
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