Today we Celebrate Flag Day in the United States!
Many genealogists, for whatever reason, have in their possession an American flag. Maybe it was handed down from generation to generation and now it belongs to you. Maybe the flag you have was once draped over a casket of a deceased soldier or veteran from your family.
Whatever the reason, if you have an American flag among your genealogical records and artifacts, it is important that you know how to fold it and preserve it so that it will survive for generations to come.
First, the American flag must be folded property. Here is a great website to show you how to fold the flag and it includes visuals: http://www.usflag.org/foldflag.html
Once the American flag has been folded properly, it’s time to archive is properly. To do this, you will only need to purchase two items.
You Will Need:
-Archival Tissue Paper to wrap the folded flag in before it is put in an archival box
-A special archival box specifically for folded flags
These items can be purchased at any online archival materials store or at Amazon:
Online Archival Supply Stores:
Gaylord Archival: http://www.gaylord.com/
Hollinger Metal Edge: http://www.hollingermetaledge.com/
University Products: https://www.universityproducts.com/
Light Impressions: http://www.lightimpressionsdirect.com/
Take the folded flag and wrap it in archival tissue paper. Place the wrapped flag into the archival flag box. It would be a good idea to add a note in the box stating how you obtained the flag, the significance of the flag to your family and who it belonged to.
Store the boxed flag in a cool, dry and dark place. Do not store in an attic, basement on in direct sunlight. If you decide to frame the American flag, that is perfectly fine. I do suggest that you take it to a framing company that is experienced in archival framing with archival matting and UV protective glass. You can frame the flag yourself by purchasing a memorial flag case from an online archival materials store. They have one that you can hang on the wall or set on a table.
|Memorial Flag Case for the Table|
|Memorial Flag Case for the Wall|
It is important to preserve and archive our most precious family heirlooms and if we are fortunate enough to have an American flag in our collection, be sure to take care of it in a proper and archival way.
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Source: A Genealogist In The Archives http://agenealogistinthearchives.blogspot.com/
Posted On: June 14, 2021 at 02:42PM