Flag Conservation at The American Civil War Museum
In 1993 the Museum initiated a long-term Flag Conservation Program to conserve, increase access, and allow further research of the most definitive collection of Civil War flags in existence.
The program has seen the establishment of a flag storage facility and several research and access programs. It also has made possible continued education and research efforts, including the publication of an illustrated index of the wartime flags, workshops and other programs and services. The Conservation Program’s sponsorship activities conserved more than forty flags in the collection for exhibition, several of which were specifically sponsored by groups or individuals. However, this is only a small portion of our extensive collection. Ideally, flags are sent out to specialists in curatorial fabric conservation, a costly but necessary treatment that will protect for future generations these fragile fabric symbols of soldiers that fought and died in the American Civil War.
Your generous contribution today will help the
Flag Conservation Program continue to reach its goals:
- Photography of the entire flag collection
- Conservation treatment of selected flags for exhibition
- Evaluations for the silk flag collection for conservation treatment
- Design and acquisition of a silk flag exhibition case
- The purchase of additional flag exhibition cases
- Increase public access to and research of the flag collection.
Flags Currently Sponsored for Conservation
35th North Carolina Infantry
Sponsored by: 35th North Carolina Troops, Co. F
11th Virginia Infantry
Sponsored by: 11th Virginia Infantry, Co. G, Lynchburg Home Guard
60th Virginia Infantry
Sponsored by: William L. Caynor, Sr.