FLAG REMOVAL

     

Removal Schedule

 
 

Members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and re-enactors from the 24th and 15th Iowa Infantries stood as honor guard as the first flag case was opened on January 23, 2002. Under the direction of Fonda Thomsen, a nationally recognized conservator specializing in Civil War Flags, the first twenty-five historic flags and their associated staffs and cords were gently unbound and lifted to the triage area.

The Heartland Regional Council of Carpenters and Carpenters Local 106 apprenticeship program had built the triage lab, designed by Scott Allen of RDG Bussard Dikis architects. The triage lab provides protection for the flags while providing the public a glimpse of the work involved in preparing the flags for transport to the flag preservation lab at the State Historical Building.

 

 

As each flag was removed from its’ display position it was gently placed on an archival work table. The flag's staff and cords were removed and tagged. The flag was then placed between layers of polyethylene cloth and archival tissue. A protective layer of bubble wrap was added. Finally the flags were placed in containers and transported to the flag conservation lab.

For the next four years, Civil War flags continued to be removed from the rotunda cases. In the Spring of 2006, the last of these flags were removed. The flags now reside in the protective environment of the State Historical Building, undergoing extensive conservation.

 

NE ROTUNDA CASE
(Removed January 2002)
25 Civil War Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords

NW ROTUNDA CASE
(Removed May 2003)
28 Civil War Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords

SW ROTUNDA CASE
(Removed October 2004)
45 Civil War Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords

SE ROTUNDA CASE
(Removed October 2004)
40 Civil War Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords

SPANISH AMERICAN WAR CASE
(Removed August 2006)
14 Spanish American War Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords

WORLD WAR I CASE
(Scheduled for 2007)
26 World War I Flags, their associated staffs, finals and cords



THE FIRST FLAG REMOVAL:
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