Did Betsy Ross design our nation’s first flag? Get the real story during “Flags: Folklore vs. Fact,” on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. with Susan J. Jerome, collections manager for the Historic Textile and Costume Collection at the University of Rhode Island.

“We revere Betsy Ross as one of the few women who helped inspire patriotic fervor that helped win the Revolution…but perhaps her contribution is more than simply the stitching together of fabrics,” Jerome said.

Jerome’s talk will explore how Americans used banners during the Republic’s early years,  and how that function has changed over the years.

The talk is part of a series of lectures to complement the Darien Historical Society’s exhibit, “Long May She Wave: The Evolution of the Flag,” which runs until March 13.

In addition to several antique flags, the exhibit includes a timeline that traces the evolution of the nation’s banner through both local and national events. Spanning from pre-colonial days to the year 1960, when the 50th star was officially added to the flag, the exhibit is for all ages.

To register, please visit www.darienhistorical.org, or call 203-655-9233. The cost for the lectures will be $5 for members, $20 for non-members and $30 for non-members and a guest. Students attend free.

The Darien Historical Society wishes to thank its generous exhibit sponsors to date: 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 & WSHU Public Radio.

For more information, or to sponsor the exhibit, please call 203-655-9233 or visit our website www.darienhistorical.org.

The next exhibit lecture will be “The Lincoln Flag – Rediscovered” on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. After 76 years in a cluttered storage area, the flag that decorated Lincoln’s box at Ford’s Theater was rediscovered. Hear the fascinating story with Ilene Frank, chief curator at the Connecticut Historical Society.

To register, please visit our website at www.darienhistorical.org, or call 203-655-9233