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About the True Colours Flag Project

A masked Museum worker displays a flag to a father and daughter on the Privateer Ship in the galleries.

Learn More On-Site and Online!

Explore the work of Betsy Ross, Rebecca Flower Young, and other Philadelphia seamstresses who supported the Revolutionary War by making the large flags flown by privateers and navy ships at sea. On-site visitors will have an opportunity to interact with the modern makers recreating these early flags from countries like the United States, France, Britain, Spain, Portugal, and more, including handling the flags, trying their hands at sewing, and learning about historic textile work. Digital visitors will be able to follow the project's progress and take a closer look behind the scenes.

The Making of True Colours

Go behind-the-scenes with the Museum and the makers recreating these historic flags.

American Sailing Vessel 1778 Courtesy National Maritime Museum Royal Museums
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London 
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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
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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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Tecumseh Flag Stiching Exampe Hammerstrom
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How to Make a Flag or Standard

True Colours contributor Kirsten Hammerstrom explores the process and steps for sewing a standard, or flag, from wool bunting in this how-to post republished with her permission.
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True Colours Betsy Ross House Dutch Ensign Flag
Historic Philadelphia, Inc. 
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True Colours Progress Update: Readying for a Flag Day Weekend Debut

Take a look at the progress of the seamstresses tasked with bringing the True Colours Flag Project to life as we near its Flag Day weekend debut.
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True Colours Replica Flags Debut at the Museum

Check out photos and behind-the-scenes moments from the the debut of the True Colours Flag Project at the Museum over Flag Day weekend.
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True Colours Events & Programs

Throughout A Revolutionary Summer and beyond, stay tuned for when the flags will be on display or used in educational programming at the Museum.

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Jun 28

Fourth of July Week with the Museum

June 28 - July 5, 2021
Join the Museum for a weeklong Independence Day observation with special events and activities for all ages to discover the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.
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A Revolutionary Summer

Memorial Day through Labor Day
Throughout A Revolutionary Summer, the Museum's special events and exhibits offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore the American Revolution and its ongoing relevance.
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America 250’s official recognition of the True Colours Flag Project acknowledges the program as an expression of the America 250 vision to inspire the American spirit.

Official Recognition