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Stars And Stripes — Betsy Ross Flag

Friday, February 17th, 2017
Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. flag to feature stars on a blue field is known as “the Betsy Ross Flag” and “the Stars and Stripes”. There is little factual evidence to the story that Betsy Ross sewed the flag. It is believed that “in June 1776, when a small committee – including George Washington, Robert Morris and relative George Ross – visited Betsy and discussed the need for a new American flag. Betsy accepted the job to manufacture the flag, altering the committee’s design by replacing the six-pointed stars with five-pointed stars.”

Thirteen stars represent the original colonies: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Stars were added to the flag as states were added to the country.

The thirteen stripes also represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the United States. Legend attributes the red on white as symbolism for blood on white bandages.

The Betsy Ross house is located at 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. The exterior of the house can be viewed for free. There is a small charge for a ticket to tour the interior.

Map to the Betsy Ross House

Map to the Betsy Ross House

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Valley Forge

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Valley Forge National Historical Park was created to preserve our nation’s history and tell the story of the Continental Army during the winter of 1777-78.

As the winter weather turned more severe, Washington started moving his troops to Chester County. He hoped Valley Forge would offer the army a better place to build log cabins and supply the troops. On December 11, 1777, Washington pulled out of the Whitemarsh area. By December 18th, they had arrived in Valley Forge.

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Revolutionary War Troop Movements

Map of Valley Forge, PA

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Philadelphia Historical Society

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society

The Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society welcomes those interested in local history, the Roxborough Library Archives and public and monthly Society Meetings, bringing forth educators specializing in area history. For questions about history or interest in becoming a Historical Society Member, please contact us.

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