United States flag 1908-1912   Save
Ohio History Connection
Description: United States flag has 46 white stars on a blue canton along with seven red and six white stripes. The flag is made of wool and dates from 1908-1912. n 1869, the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans' organization of Union soldiers who fought in the Civil War, established the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in a rented building in Xenia, Ohio. In 1869, Xenia residents provided the GAR with one hundred acres of land to build a permanent facility. In 1870, the state of Ohio assumed control of the home. Originally, the institution provided homes for Ohio children who lost their fathers in the Civil War. Eventually, the state opened the home to orphans of all military conflicts and the children of all veterans, including ones who had not died on the battlefield. Children at the home received a traditional education, as well as training in various occupations. The boys also received some military training and several of them later joined the armed forces. In 1901, the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home was the largest institution of its kind in the world. In 1978, the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home became known as the Ohio Veterans' Children's Home. In 1997, the Ohio Veterans' Children's Home ceased operation. Mrs. Bell McCappin of Hillsboro, Ohio, donated this flag in 1953. The donor's sister, Miss Blanche McCappin, used the flag in school rooms at the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home in Xenia, Ohio. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: H65281_001
Subjects: National Flag--United States; Grand Army of the Republic; Flags--support; Veterans
Places: Ohio History Connection