PHILADELPHIA – An exhibit of rare historic flags from the collection of renowned historian Dr. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn will be the highlight of Flag Festival 2008, June 8-15 at Philadelphia’s Betsy Ross House.
The Betsy Ross House hosted its first Flag Day event on June 14, 1891 and has long been the site of the city’s official commemoration. For 2008, tradition will be turned upside down with a weeklong event featuring the flag exhibit, guest lecturers, crafters and more and capped by a weekend street fair.
The Great Star flag, on display at Flag Fest ‘08 in Philadelphia in June.
The Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 8, the first day of National Flag Week. The centerpiece of the event is an exhibit of 35 historic American flags, many of which have never been publicly displayed. Culled from the best of the extensive collection of Dr. Kohn, one of the United States’ foremost flag experts, the exhibition will highlight the most rare and unusual homemade examples of the country’s first true folk-art form.
Visitors to Flag Festival will have the opportunity to take guided tours of the exhibit conducted by Dr. Kohn, who will also be autographing copies of his book, American Flags: Designs for a Young Nation.
On Friday, June 13, Saturday, June14 and Sunday, June 15, Dr. Kohn will host the Betsy Ross House’s own Flag Roadshow, offering verbal appraisals of American flags in return for a donation to the Betsy Ross House.
A rare and beautiful Jennie Bachman American flag, at the Betsy Ross House Flag Fest, June 8-15.
While historic flags will be the festival’s main attraction, contemporary artists will display modern interpretations of the American flag and, just for fun, visitors will be invited to join in our attempt at a world record as we create the largest-ever Post-It® Note flag.
The flag exhibit continues through Aug. 22.
The House, located at 239 Arch Street, just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is one of Philadelphia’s most popular historic attractions with nearly 300,000 visitors annually.
The Betsy Ross House is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, April through October and Tuesday through Sunday in winter months. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors. An optional audio guide is $5, which includes admission.
For more information, call 215-686-1252, or go online to www.betsyrosshouse.org.