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13 Star Flag Display Opening Reception
June 14, 2019 @ 10:30 am
On Flag Day, June 14th, one of this country’s oldest and rarest flags will be put on exhibit for public viewing at the Hancock Historical Museum. There are very few 13 star American flags left in existence, and this is the only one of its kind available for public display. The Revolutionary War-era flag is owned by the Mooney Family of southern Ohio, and has most recently been on display at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. The flag is believed to have been used during the Revolutionary War at Ft. Independence in Boston. The flag will be on display at the Hancock Historical Museum through July 5th.
A special reception unveiling the Mooney Family flag will take place on June 14th at the Hancock Historical Museum at 10:30 a.m.. Findlay Mayor, Christina Muryn, and James Mooney, of the Mooney Family of Cincinnati, will be in attendance. The reception is open to the public. The Hancock Historical Museum is located at 422 W. Sandusky Street, Findlay. Following the June 14th reception, the flag will be available for viewing during regular museum hours, Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m., through Friday, July 5th.
Renowned textile expert, Dr. Rabbit Goody, has analyzed the Mooney family’s flag to authenticate the date of construction. Dr. Goody states that the threads, weaving techniques, and sewing techniques used in the construction of the flag are consistent with those used in the late 1700s. She also states that the flag’s shape, appearance, wear, and oral history are consistent with other flags surviving from the late 18th century. She believes the Mooney flag to be authentic and her findings were confirmed by textile expert, Dr. Irene Good, at Harvard University’s Peabody Museum. Die testing results have further affirmed Dr. Goody’s conclusions.