NSCAR raises over $20,000 for Flag House!

NSCAR National President Betsy Ehmcke and Senior National President Billie J. Spence

The final year of the War of 1812 bicentennial brought many exciting events and opportunities to the Flag House, including our year long partnership with the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution for their national project O’ Say Can You See. In the spring of 2014 the Flag House was approached by National President Betsy Ehmcke to develop a project that would teach NSCAR members and their families about the history of the American flag, Mary Pickersgill, and support the Flag House’s efforts to update a rehabilitate the flagpoles and flags on the museum grounds. Limited resources had kept us from making these changes, but with the dedication of the amazing kids and families involved in NSCAR our hopes have become reality.


NSCAR Selfies

NSCAR members show their support for the Flag House

Last month, Executive Director, Amanda Davis had the pleasure of attending the NSCAR’s 2015 National Convention, the culminating event to O’ Say Can You See, and was overwhelmed to learn that through the sale of special souvenir pins, donations, and hard work the NSCAR raised over $20,000 in support of the Flag House’s initiative.

Over the last year NSCAR families from across the country have come to visit the Flag House to learn about their national project and Mary Young Pickersgill’s contribution to the history of the American flag as they shared selfies to commemorate their visits. The Flag House also installed items from their permanent collection in the main display case of the NSCAR museum at DAR Constitution Hall.

NSCAR Amanda & Betsy

NSCAR National President Betsy Ehmcke and Executive Director of the Flag House Amanda Davis

The Flag House sincerely thanks the NSCAR for their support and a truly Star-Spangled year! Please consider supporting the 2015 NSCAR National project, Road to Independence. More information can be found by visiting http://www.nscar.org/

The Story Behind the Posters!

globeposterHave you gotten your print of the Flag House Bicentennial Poster from our 2014 partnership with MICA’s Globe Printing? We still have some copies left that you can take home for only $20 at our gift shop!

Designed by 2011 MICA graduate Allison Fisher, the design used hand-carved wood blocks from the type used to create posters for everyone from circus acts to Marvin Gaye and James Brown.

For more information on the process, you can check out the Baltimore Fishbowl article from last September here!