Handmade United States flag

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Description Large United States flag with thirty-six (36) stars made by the ladies of the Republican Club in Read's Landing, Minnesota. The village had no flag, and in order to display their support for the Union during the Civil War, the ladies of the Republican Club bought the fabric and made this flag. The ladies used two shades of red cloth because there was not enough of one shade in the town to complete the nearly 20 x 30 foot flag. The flag originally hung on a 110 foot flag pole. The flag later traveled around Minnesota, until it was again hung at Read's Landing in 1914. In 1915 the Read's Landing Association donated the flag.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 223 inches height
357 inches width
Nomenclature Flag
Creation Made by: Ladies of Read's Landing
Made by: Nunn, Mrs. Charles
Made by: Wilson, Mrs. Thomas B.
Made by: McMasters, Mrs. W. C.
Made by: Bullard, Mrs. Lorenzo
Made by: Trautmann, Mrs. Louis
Made by: Pauly, Mrs. James
Made by: Cassidy, Mrs. W. W.
Made by: Hornbogen, Mrs. Charles W.
Made in Reads Landing, Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Used by: Republican Club
Made in Reads Landing, Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States
Used in Reads Landing, Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States
Used during Civil War
Flags & Banners. War Related. Civil War Era
Dates Creation: 1862
Use: Not earlier than 1861 - Not later than 1865
Civil War
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 4103.H566

User Comments

  • Joe Dick on January 16, 2016 01:56:13 PM

    The Wabasha County Historical Society would like to now if the flag would be loaned out and what we would have to do to barrow it.We are planning a Civil War reenactment for possible fall. Our museum is located in to out Reads Landing school. The plans are in the thinking stag right now.

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on February 10, 2016 11:08:23 AM

    Thank you for your inquiry. In order to review a loan request, we require information about the facility, it's security and environment, and the staff that would oversee the care of borrowed items. All loans are handled by the MNHS Central Registrar (nicole.delfino@mnhs.org), who can provide you with our Outgoing Loan Policy and a request form.

  • Marie McNamara on April 4, 2016 10:11:44 AM

    Myself, Joe Dick, and another member of Wabasha County Historical Society recently came to MHS and viewed the Reads Landing Flag made in 1862. Adam Scher gave us an opportunity to see the flag. Our goal is to do a scaled reproduction banner of the old flag, rather than any exhibit of such a large, fragile object. My questions are 1.) If the approximate 29'x17' Flag were unfolded in a large space and photographed, what would you estimate that cost to be. 2.) I have checked with a skilled graphic design business in Red Wing who could use a high resolution file image of the flag to put it into rectangular format, so that we might reproduce an approximate 4'x6' banner of the flag. Is the color image ( 4103.H566 ) available in a high resolution file, that we might purchase the electronic file for our project with WCHS? We plan to exhibit the approximate 4'x6' banner at the September 24-25, 2016 Civil War History event in Wabasha, MN. The Wabasha County Historical

  • Photo and Art Database Admin on April 5, 2016 03:34:03 PM

    Thank you for your comment. You are welcome to purchase a high resolution copy of the existing image by clicking the "BUY" button under the image above. Due to the size and fragility of this flag we are unable to produce an image of better quality than the existing one. Please send further questions to collections@mnhs.org

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