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Over Labor Day weekend, join the Museum for the closing weekend of our Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today summer exhibit. The exhibit showcases dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the union. The exhibit will trace the evolution of the American flag by featuring an example of each iteration as new states were added. By telling stories from the nation’s revolutionary roots to its continuing struggle over equal rights, Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today will encourage visitors to consider their role in the ongoing effort to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution.

The collection of flags is on loan from Jeff R. Bridgman, a leading dealer of antique flags and political textiles. The documents are on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation following their exhibition at the New-York Historical Society.

The exhibition was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Additional sponsorship is provided by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.

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Explore the virtual exhibit of Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions at New-York Historical Society, featuring the documents on loan from the Dorothy Tapper Goldman Foundation.

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Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today

Now open through Sept. 6, 2021
The Museum's summer 2021 exhibit showcases dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the Union.
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