Although it may not be something we often think about, flags are a key signal that many of us equip on a day to day basis. Flags are a way we identify ourselves and can be a way of expressing our pride, whether that be in our country, our favorite sports team, or any number of other topics. Not just merely a piece of fabric, flags give us something under which we can unite, a common cry which connects us through the ages. A profound symbol of a place and time, these banners offer us a glimpse into the people, places, and things they represent.
Within the context of wartime, flags were a way our troops united, offering a tool to find their fellow soldier. There were dozens of different flags employed at the time, each representing their own faction of fighters. As researchers have discovered these flags over the years, they have had the power to illuminate the various alliances and legions which made up those fighting in the Civil War. Unlike many states, whose Civil War flags have been returned to their state capital, New Jersey is one of the few to put these on display, allowing the general public to get a glimpse at some of our nation’s more treasured artifacts.
On Thursday, December 28th, you are invited to the New Jersey State Museum for this year’s Civil War Flag Unveiling. The festivities will begin at 10:00am at the NJSM campus, located at 205 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608. This year, the NJSM will be unveiling a total of five new flags which will be added to the collection. The afternoon’s festivities will be guided by flag historian, Dr. David Martin, and Cultural of Cultural History, Nicholas Ciotola. Whether you’re a Civl War buff or looking to sharpen your knowledge on this pivotal moment in American history, all are welcome to be a part of this enlightening and exciting morning.
Your host for the afternoon, the New Jersey State Museum, offers residents from near and far the opportunity to enjoy close-up encounters with some of the world’s most fascinating discoveries. From the arts to science, archeology, and more, there’s something for everyone to explore. In addition to a whole host of engaging exhibits, the NJSM also hosts a number of educational events, allowing visitors of all ages to take a deeper dive on some of their many captivating displays. To learn more about this and other upcoming events at the museum, please visit the NJSM website, linked here: NJSM – Home.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the upcoming unveiling, please contact the NJSM staff at NJSM.Info@sos.nj.gov for further assistance. History will be unveiled before your eyes, so be certain to mark your calendars for a day of discovery.