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Lancaster in Fairfield County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Fifty Star Flag

A Symbol of America

 
 
The Fifty Star Flag Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 15, 2009
1. The Fifty Star Flag Marker
Inscription. The design for the fifty star flag was born here at Lancaster High School in 1958 when student Robert Heft designed it for a history class project. Reasoning that since Alaska was seeking admission as a state and that Hawaii would soon follow, Heft constructed a fifty star flag from an old 48-star flag using blue cloth to replace the field and white adhesive for the stars. When Heft received a B- on his project, his teacher, Stanley Pratt, promised that he would raise the grade if he submitted the flag design to their congressman, Walter Moeller. Moeller in turn passed the flag design on to the chairman of the Congressional Flag Design Committee, who also liked it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the design the official American flag in 1960. It is the only flag in American history to have flown over the White House for more than five administrations.
 
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Bank One-Lancaster Downtown, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-23.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 39° 43.931′ N, 82° 35.447′ W. Marker is in Lancaster,
The Fifty Star Flag Marker in Rear of Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2008
2. The Fifty Star Flag Marker in Rear of Courtyard
Ohio, in Fairfield County. Marker can be reached from Granvillle Pike (State Highway 37). Touch for map. Marker is located in the outer courtyard of Lancaster High School. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1312 Granville Pike, Lancaster OH 43130, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Standing Stone National Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rising Park Centennial Celebration (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Union Soldiers Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); C & O Depot at Carroll, Ohio (approx. 0.7 miles away); Liberty Township No. 6 School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dumontville General Store (approx. mile away); 166th Infantry 42nd Division World War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pioneer Log House (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Regarding The Fifty Star Flag. Robert Heft died in Saginaw, Michigan, on Saturday, December 12, 2009.
 
Also see . . .  Robert G. Heft, Designer of the 50-Star US Flag. (Submitted on December 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducationGovernment
 
Lancaster High School image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2008
3. Lancaster High School
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 967 times since then and 124 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3. submitted on October 14, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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