Lincoln Flag On Display for Final Fridays at The Historic Eldridge Hotel


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On loan from KU Professor Emeritus Dennis Dailey

Lawrence, KS ---- In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, KU Professor Emeritus Dennis Dailey will be displaying a historic Lincoln Flag on loan from his personal collection in the Crystal Ballroom at The historic Eldridge hotel for “Final Fridays” in Lawrence on May 27th from 5-8pm – 701 Mass St. In addition, Professor Dailey will have on display several other Civil War items including original slave shackles, a powder flask and a GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Burial Marker and will be available to answer questions. The display is free and open to the public.

This is an original 34-star, Kansas statehood, Civil War-era flag, circa 1861-1863. The flag is also known as “The Lincoln Flag”, in part because Abraham Lincoln was the only President throughout the period to use it as the national flag (1861-1863), and because Lincoln would not allow any stars to be removed from the flag even though seven southern states were preparing to secede from the Union. Kansas was admitted to the United States as a slave-free state on January 29, 1861, making it the 34th state to enter the Union and the 34th star on the American flag.

This flag is made of cotton muslin and is 11 feet long and 8 feet wide. The flag is machine-stitched and is in good condition. The stitching is very tight with fading that is consistent with age. The stars on the blue canton are in the Staggered Star pattern and are generally bright and fully intact showing on both sides of the flag.

In the early 1970’s, the ends of the flag were professionally restored at the Valley Forge Flag Company in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. On August 21, 2004, the flag was authenticated and appraised at the PBS Antiques Road Show in Portland, Oregon. The flag was likely flown at a military installation or on a large public building.

For additional information contact Patti McCormick, Director of Media and Special Events at The Eldridge 785-830-3944


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