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.
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.
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/