Believe it or not...
This small framed piece of British flag was purportedly taken from Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in October 1781. This piece of flag was obtained in Alexandria, VA in 1862.
About This Series
This online exhibit series shows the type of objects the Washington Association of New Jersey collected in its early years. Collecting before any standards existed, the museum accepted donations based on the donor’s word. Today, the museum would conduct thorough research about the history and authenticity of these objects and then make the decision whether or not to accept them into the collection. This is a prime example of how standards changed as the museum field became professionalized. Although we adhere to different standards today, we are happy to share these oddities in our collection.
Exhibit curated by Joni Rowe, Museum Specialist.