A photo of flag,19j-801, from the A Growing Constellation: Flags and Founding Documents exhibit

A Growing Constellation: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-2020

A Growing Constellation: Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-2020

Friday, June 12 – Sunday, July 5, 2020
Included with regular Museum admission 

Thomas Jefferson envisioned that the United States would grow into an “Empire of Liberty” in the decades and centuries following American independence. This summer, a joint exhibition will showcase dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first official printing of the U.S. Constitution to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the union, represented by the addition of a star to the flag for each state. By telling stories from the nation’s revolutionary roots to its continuing struggle over equal rights, A Growing Constellation will encourage Museum guests to consider their role in the ongoing effort to fulfill the promise of the American Revolution.

The collection of historic 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, Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a Chairman's Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.