True Colours Flag Project
Makers Reflect on the True Colours Flag ProjectOctober 2021
In the summer of 2021, the Museum undertook the True Colours Flag Project, an ambitious project to recreate a "suit of colours," the full set of flags carried by ships during the Revolutionary War. Betsy Ross, Rebecca Flower Young, and other Philadelphia seamstresses supported the Revolutionary War by making the large flags flown by privateers and navy ships at sea; however, they did not sew flags just from the United States! In addition to the United States, these seamstresses actually made flags from countries all over the globe, like France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, and more.
To recreate our own "suit of colours," the Museum worked with a team of seamstresses from across the country to make these enormous flags — the full group of which included Kirsten Hammerstrom, Kaitlin Healy, Ruth Hodges, Nastassia Parker, Kim Praria, Nicole Rudolph, Gabriela Salvador, Jana Violante, and Hannah Wallace as well as Elise D'Avella, Jennifer Gray, and Carol Spacht of the Betsy Ross House.
Many of these modern makers spoke with the Museum about their role in the True Colours Flag Project, the impact the project had on them, and how their flags came together. Enjoy the video above!
Sponsorship provided by The Color Guard of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution.