Washington University in St. Louis, MO
The Presidential Debate The Flag & America's Presidential Campaigns. Click on the page below to view the full brochure.
ST. LOUIS, October 8, 2004: Two Washington University graduates have installed ten rare and historically important American flags in the media center for the debates at Washington University in St. Louis. With different star and stripe patterns, methods of manufacture, and uses, the flags show how the U.S. grew and developed throughout the 19th century. Revealing not just how the flag changed over time, but also how political campaigns evolved, the flags provide an enlightening historical context in which to view the debates.
Included in this collection is an extremely rare and original 13-star flag from the early 19th century with blue stars on a white star field. This unusual and visually striking flag was later modified for the 1880 presidential campaign when Democrats Winfield S. Hancock and William English placed their names prominently on the flag. Also on display is a large flag associated with Abraham Lincoln's funeral. The flag flew over the Albany railroad station in New York when Lincoln's body arrived to be placed in the State Capitol rotunda on April 25, 1865.
The flags are part of the much larger collection of Washington University alumni, Louise Veninga (MA 72) and Ben Zaricor (LA 72), founders of Good Earth Teas of Santa Cruz, CA. The Presidential Debate display was made possible through the efforts of Washington University, Good Earth Teas, and The Flag Center, a national, nonprofit educational organization.
C-SPAN Coverage of the 2004 Presidential Debate Media Center in Washington University in St. Louis.
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Washington University in St. Louis, October 8, 2004
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