Conserving New York State’s Battle Flags
Many of New York’s battle flags have survived for over 140
years. A great number of the flags in the New York State Battle Flag Collection
have been in fair-to-poor condition for some time. The flags will continue to
deteriorate until they receive care and improved storage conditions.
Funding from the Governor's office and the New York State
Legislature permitted preservation of the flags to begin in 2000. Since then,
conservators from New
York State Parks, with the assistance of a curator from the New York State
Military Museum, have:
• Inventoried all of the flags to learn their type and dimensions.
• Advised on specifications for the archive that will house the preserved
• Wrapped most of the flags in the Capitol in acid-free tissue to protect
them from further light and dust damage.
• Worked with specialist vendors to design archival flag support panels
and storage racks.
• Prepared over 500 flags for the archive.
• Prepared over 150 flags for exhibition.
In October 2002, a new home for the Division
of Military and Naval Affairs’ collection - the New York State Military
Museum & Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. Additional
rehabilitation of the historic state armory
is proposed to establish an archive of preserved flags from the New York State
Battle Flag Collection. Please join us in supporting this initiative.
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New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military
June 6, 2011