SUNDAY: After 76 Years — Rediscovering the Lincoln flag at Darien Historical Society

The Lincoln flag

 
The Lincoln flag program at the Darien Historical Society has been rescheduled from Sunday, March 4 to Sunday March 11 due to no power at the Darien Historical Society.
After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theatre was rediscovered at the Connecticut Historical Society. Hear the fascinating story of its rediscovery with Ilene Frank, chief curator of the Connecticut Historical Society, on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society.
On April 14, 1865, the night President Lincoln was assassinated, five flags decorated his box at Ford’s Theatre. One of those flags, borrowed from the Treasury Guard, eventually made its way to Connecticut. In 1922, it was donated to the Connecticut Historical Society, but then for more than 70 years it was “lost” to history, only to be re-discovered in 1998. 
Frank will present the history of this mystery and how it was confirmed that the flag was a witness to one of America’s most historic nights.
The cost of the program is $5 for members and students, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest.
As chief curator, Frank oversees exhibitions, education, collections, and marketing for the museum and library. She was executive director of the Rensselaer County Historical Society and has also worked for the Schenectady Museum and Planetarium, the McFaddin-Ward House and Historic St. Mary’s City. Frank holds a master’s degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University at Oneonta. She served on the board of the Museum Association of New York.
Ilene Frank

The lecture is part of a series to complement an exhibit at the Darien Historical Society celebrating both the town’s history and its unique collection of antique flags. “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of the Flag is open until March 13 and is fun for all ages. The exhibit includes a timeline showing the evolution of “Old Glory” and includes highlights from the nation’s history and how Darien’s story is reflected in events from our nation’s past.
“Visiting this exhibit is like taking a walk through time,” said Maggie McIntire, executive director of the society. “Not only will you be able to see these magnificent flags from the town’s past, but also how key events happening in the United States influenced Darien’s own story.”
Also on display is “Through the Lens of Patriotism,” an award-winning collection of flag art photographs by local photographer Robert Carley, and “Cupid Goes to War: The Love Letters of Cate Raymond,” a collection of letters sent to a local woman during the Revolutionary War.
The exhibits are free for members, Darien’s first responders, teachers, and students. The exhibits cost $5 for non-members.
To become a member of the society, visit the website at darienhistorical.org or call 203-655-9233.
Exhibit sponsors include Abercrombie, Burns, McKiernan & Company Insurance, Atria Senior Living of Darien, Barrett Bookstore, Christie’s Quilting Boutique, Geary Gallery, M3 Messenger, Ring’s End of Darien, and Signarama of Stamford. Media sponsors: Darien Times and WSHU Public Radio.
 

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