Conservator/Collections Mgr:
Sheila Hanke
is responsible for overseeing the stabilization and documentation of individual flags. She oversees policies, procedures and registration relating to the flag collection. Sheila also manages the conservation laboratory and supervises technical staff. She oversees the development of interpretive exhibitions and related publications.

Project Assistants:
Have completed course work and 200 hours of hands-on training:
Richard Fast
David M. Lamb
David L. Thompson

Former Project Conservation Technicians and Assistants:
Alina Travis
Jennifer Schulle
Sharon Knudsen
Laura Lee Ramirez
Jana Tschopp


2010 Conservation Interns:
Bri Verwers
Lydia Grubers
Chelsea Teagues

Project Volunteers:  
Individuals who lend their talents and skills to the Project in an effort to save, document and research Iowa’s military history.
Loui Zenti
Karen Barker
49th Iowa Infantry, Co. A
Tom Clingan
Lowell Sneller
Rhoda Sneller
Hollie Reilly

Mary Rittle
Mary A. Rittel joined the Volunteer staff in March of 2010.  Mary is a 6th grade math & life skills teacher at the West Central Valley Middle School in Redfield, Iowa, a part-time wedding photographer, and a member of the Auxiliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Her interest in military history, quilting/sewing hobby, and teaching profession made volunteering for the Iowa Battle Flags Project an easy decision.  She is both honored and excited to be a part of the project.

Mary lives in Stuart, Iowa, with her husband, Daniel (Past Camp Commander of Grenville M. Dodge Camp 75 Dept. of Iowa, SUVCW, and Corporal in Company “A” of the Forty-ninth Iowa Volunteer Infantry Civil War Honor Guard), and their son, Austin.  Mary is also a proud sister of United States Marine Sean O’Bannon of Maplewood, Minnesota.

Project Sponsors:
Iowa Air National Guard
Loui Zenti
Sons of Civil War Union Veterans--Iowa
Sons of Civil War Confederate Veterans—Iowa


The battle flag staff is available for speaking engagements and special presentations. They are passionate about the project and have many interesting stories and important facts to share about the units, the flags and the stabilization process.

Our staff is a valuable resource to researchers, and can offer expert advise in caring for your own textiles and artifacts.

Interested parties and organizations should contact us for more details.