History Center Exhibit Celebrates The Flag

14-star flag
14-star flag
This 14-star flag from 1791 is the oldest flag in the Stars & Stripes: An American Story exhibition and documents the admission of Vermont as a state. It is exceptionally rare, since 14-star flags were never official and few flags from this period survived.
From the collection of Dr. Peter Keim
33-Star Bull Run Flag
33-Star Bull Run Flag
This 33-star flag was flown by Union troops at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861.
From the Collection of Dr. Peter Keim
39-Star Flag with International Border
39-Star Flag with International Border
This souvenir from the U.S. Centennial in 1876 features a 39-star American flag surrounded by the flags of other nations. It helped to demonstrate the nation’s emerging status as a world power.
From the Collection of Dr. Peter Keim
Bull Run Flag
Bull Run Flag
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Family service flag represents family members who served in World War I.
Family Service Flag
Designed by an Army Captain who had two sons serving in World War I, the stars on this 1917 service flag represent family members serving in the war.
Courtesy, Kenneth B. Haas I
Flag made by Joseph E. Fennimore.
Fennimore flag with GIs
Joseph E. Fennimore, the son of WQED personality Chris Fennimore, made this flag during WWII from a captured Nazi flag, a blue dress uniform, and salvaged red fabric.
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Nation Museum of American History, and Kenneth E. Bering Center
Flag created by Joseph E. Fennimore.
Fennimore Flag
Joseph E. Fennimore, the son of WQED personality Chris Fennimore, made this flag during WWII from a captured Nazi flag, a blue dress uniform, and salvaged red fabric.
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Nation Museum of American History, and Kenneth E. Bering Center
Thomas Burnett family flag 1
Thomas Burnett Family Flags
The family of Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett left five flags at the Shanksville, Pa. memorial and crash site, each with a personal message from family members which captures the love, pride, and longing for their hero.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Thomas Burnett family flag 2
Thomas Burnett Family Flags
The family of Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett left five flags at the Shanksville, Pa. memorial and crash site, each with a personal message from family members which captures the love, pride, and longing for their hero.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Thomas Burnett family flag 3
Thomas Burnett Family Flags
The family of Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett left five flags at the Shanksville, Pa. memorial and crash site, each with a personal message from family members which captures the love, pride, and longing for their hero.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Thomas Burnett family flag 4
Thomas Burnett Family Flags
The family of Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett left five flags at the Shanksville, Pa. memorial and crash site, each with a personal message from family members which captures the love, pride, and longing for their hero.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial.
Thomas Burnett Family Flag 5
Thomas Burnett Family Flags
The family of Flight 93 passenger Thomas Burnett left five flags at the Shanksville, Pa. memorial and crash site, each with a personal message from family members which captures the love, pride, and longing for their hero.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial card
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Card
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial momento
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Drawing
Flight 93 Memorial Item
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Pin
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Hat
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
Flight 93 Crash Site Memorial Pipecleaner
Flight 93 Memorial Items
Visitors to the Flight 93 memorial and crash site in Shanksville, Pa., left various red, white, and blue remembrances, including American flag cards, hats, pins, and drawings.
Courtesy of the National Park Service and Flight 93 Memorial
GAR Sons of Veterans USA flag from Apollo, Pa.
GAR Sons of Veterans USA flag from Apollo, Pa.
This flag belonged to the Sons of Veterans USA from Apollo, Pa., a patriotic group which flourished in the wake of the Civil War by providing advocacy and support for veterans.
From the Collection of Dr. Peter Keim
Flag lead relief by Jasper Johns
Flag lead relief by Jasper Johns
This lead relief flag by American contemporary artist Jasper Johns strikes a common theme with his most famous works, focusing on the visual imagery of everyday objects, often devoid of symbolism.
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Gemini G.E.I., 1981.5.103
“Miners with Coal Police” painting
“Miners with Coal Police” painting
In this 1965 painting, artist John Michael O’Cilka portrays a group of striking coal miners interacting with the Coal Police. One of the miners holds an American flag, a shield and support that demonstrates the worker’s appreciation of the freedoms granted in this nation.
Courtesy of the John and Mary Lou O’Cilka
“Moonwalk” by Andy Warhol
“Moonwalk” by Andy Warhol
Pop artist Andy Warhol’s “Moonwalk” captures the iconic moment on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first walked on the moon and planted an American flag to demonstrate the nation’s preeminence in the space race.
Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
Rachel Albright Flag
Rachel Albright Flag Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Service Flag
Service Flag Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Jay Apt Space Helmet
Jay Apt Space Helmet
This space helmet belonged to astronaut Jay Apt, a Squirrel Hill native who has logged more than 847 hours (35 days) in space.
Courtesy of Dr. Jay Apt
Fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner
Fragment of the Star-Spangled Banner
The sight of the “broad stripes and bright stars” on this flag inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem. This Star Spangled Banner fragment is a treasured keepsake, snipped from the flag before it was donated to the Smithsonian in 1907.
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History and Kenneth E. Bering Center
Confederate Stars and Bars
Confederate Stars and Bars
This tattered wool flag flew above the New Orleans Custom House at the time of the city’s capture in 1862. Like many early Confederate Stars and Bars, this 12-foot flag was made by re-sewing strips of fabric taken from a disassembled American flag
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
"The Star-Spangled Banner" sheet music
"The Star-Spangled Banner" sheet music
This is a rare fifth edition sheet music of Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Courtesy of Judith Stauffer Basso
Uncle Sam suit
Uncle Sam suit
This Uncle Sam costume worn by a World War II war bonds salesman from East Liberty shows the role of the flag during wartime as the preeminent symbol of our nation.
Courtesy of Barbara Peake Shever
First Flag to enter Berlin
First Flag to enter Berlin
On loan from the Smithsonian, this American flag was among the first to enter Berlin on V-E Day in 1945 at the end of WWII.
Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, Nation Museum of American History and Kenneth E. Bering Center
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led the "Pledge of Allegiance"
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led the "Pledge of Allegiance"
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts led attendees in the “Pledge of Allegiance” and saluted the 60-foot American flag which was unfurled on the façade of the Heinz History Center.
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Eureka Fire Truck at Heinz History Center
Eureka Fire Truck
A service vehicle from the Eureka (Pa.) Fire Co. attended the Heinz History Center’s special ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Two fire helmets from the Eureka Fire Co. which were worn by teams sent to Ground Zero following 9/11 are on display in the Stars & Stripes exhibition.
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Thomas Jefferson High School Band Marches Past the American flag
Thomas Jefferson High School Band Marches Past American flag
Members of the Thomas Jefferson High School Band march past the 60-foot American flag and first responder vehicles in front of the Heinz History Center.
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Giant 60-foot American Flag
Giant 60-foot American Flag
City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County first responders helped to unfurl a giant 60-foot American flag on the façade of the Heinz History Center. (from L to R) - National anthem singer Jeff Jimerson, History Center president and CEO Andy Masich, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, and noted American flag expert Dr. Peter Keim look on.
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Visitors View Clothing from 9/11 Reporter
Visitors View Clothing from 9/11 Reporter
Visitors to the Stars & Stripes exhibit view clothing worn by WABC New York reporter and Uniontown native Nina Pineda while covering the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Ground Zero.
Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center
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