In June 1862, 16-year-old Albert Peck from Syracuse,
New York, made this United States flag. With some help from
his mother, Salmone Kinne Peck, young Peck hand-stitched the flag to include
34 stars. Peck and his family flew the flag from a tall flagpole on the
family farm known as Peck Hill, located about five miles northeast of downtown
During a routine milk delivery to the Milk Association in
Syracuse in mid-April 1865, Peck’s father learned the dreadful
news regarding President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
The elder Peck, upon his return home to Peck Hill, revealed the news to
his loved ones and lowered the
family’s home-made flag to half staff to honor the slain president
and to help convey the news to the surrounding neighborhood.
with the Peck family until September 1927, when DeWitt Clinton Peck,
Albert Peck’s son, presented the cherished banner to New York
Albert Peck used cotton fabrics to create the flag. Peck
pieced together the red, white, and blue cotton using one-quarter-inch
seams, all hand-sewn with a running stitch.
He turned the raw edges and whip-stitched them to prevent unraveling.
Peck also appliquéd the 34 stars in the canton with a running
stitch, catching the aligned stars on the front and back with one
thread. The edges of the stars were left raw. (1995.3137)