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"Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."
~ Second Continental Congress, June 14, 1777.
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Pictured is the first known photograph of the Star-Spangled Banner, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem "The Defence of Fort McHenry", photographed in 1873 at the Boston Navy Yard.
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Maj. George Armistead commissioned Mary Young Pickersgill, a professional flag maker from Baltimore, Maryland, to make a garrison flag measuring 30 by 42 feet with 15 stars and 15 stripes in 1813. She would make a smaller 17 by 25 foot flag as well.
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Before I go any further, I would be remiss if I didn't say to learn more about the conservation effort of the flag, visit…
#FlagDay @amhistorymuseum, @smithsonian, @SmithsonianMag
For more than 50 years, the Star-Spangled Banner was on display in the Arts and Industries Building but was removed by President Franklin Roosevelt as he feared Germany might bomb the National Mall. It was sent to Shenandoah National Park in 1942.
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The Committee on Conservation of Cultural Resources identified "important scientific and irreplaceable historic materials" deemed vital to America's legacy and heritage to be stored in the 86,000 cubic feet of storage space Shenandoah National Park could offer.
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According to @smithsonian Archives: "The headquarters area of the United States National Museum storage facility in Luray, Virginia, near Shenandoah National Park."On the back of photograph it states: "Nat. Museum collections stored in building having dormer windows."
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In 1964, the Star-Spangled Banner was put on display in the Museum of History and Technology, later renamed @amhistorymuseum. The flag remained covered for most of the time, but was revealed periodically throughout the day during the playing of the National Anthem.
#FlagDay Image
Temperature, light, humidity, dust & other pollutants started to damage the Star-Spangled Banner. It's vertical hanging also put additional strain on the flag's fibers. Do you remember when it hung at the @amhistorymuseum until 1998? Do you have any pictures of that?
#FlagDay Image
The Abstract Flag accentuates the entrance into the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery at @amhistorymuseum & sits at the same spot the Star-Spangled Banner once hung for 30+ years. The Abstract Flag is 40 by 19 foot flag is made up of 960 pieces of mirrored polycarbonate.
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In 1914, the Star-Spangled Banner underwent restoration. Amelia Bold Fowler & a team of 10 skilled seamstresses were hired by the @smithsonian to sew more than 1.7 million stitches into the flag and a linen backing, in an attempt to strengthen the flag's integrity.
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In 1998, the latest restoration of the Star-Spangled Banner took place. The 1.7 million stitches were removed. The conservation took 6 years and was viewable by the public throughout the process.
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The Star-Spangled Banner now resides in a special climate and light-controlled, low-oxygen chamber designed by @smithsonian architects, engineers, & conservators. The flag is displayed on an adjustable, angled table so it could be displayed without stressing the fabric.
#FlagDay Image
What are some of your favorite flag pictures &/or do you have a favorite/meaningful flag? What is the story behind them? For example, I had these American flags I had flown over the @uscapitol in honor of my #CHCougars #HistoryDay students arrived. #USA #FlagDay Image
In addition to raising an American flag on the USS Constitution in 2018 in honor of Jack McCorkell's great great grandfather, who worked on the ship in the 1930s, we raised a 2nd flag in honor of @CapitolHillSPPS #CHCougars. Thanks Lauren, Maren & Erik for hoisting it. #FlagDay
These flags were inside Union Depot in downtown Saint Paul Minnesota when President @BarackObama delivered a transportation speech on February 26, 2014. #FlagDay Image
This American Flag was flying at sunset over Interstate 494 in South Saint Paul, Minnesota on #PatriotDay, September 11, 2018. #FlagDay Image
A shadow of an American flag creating a ghost image on the Washington Monument on July 24, 2017. #FlagDay Image
American flags waiving in front of the Washington Monument June 13, 2017. #FlagDay Image
American flag in the breeze at the base of the Washington Monument on July 22, 2015. #FlagDay Image
An American flag at the doorstep of a home in Georgetown on July 20, 2015. #FlagDay Image
Assortment of American flags at the FBI building on July 18, 2015. #FlagDay Image
Inside the #Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota on it's last day before the roof was deflated the final time. Speakers & American flag still hanging from roof on January 17, 2014. #FlagDay Image
Artifact analysis on September 14, 2015 in #CHCougars & #MNstudies classes. Ss are trying to figure out what makes this flag different from the current flag. #FlagDay Image
Flags fly at half staff at the Washington Monument during sunset on July 22, 2015. #FlagDay Image
American flags at the grace of former President and Supreme Court Justice William Howard Taft, July 26, 2019 in Arlington National Cemetery. #FlagDay Image
The American flag draped over the casket of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens inside the Supreme Court. #FlagDay Image
Inside the White House with some of my #CHCougars students April 3, 2019. #FlagDay Image
My youngest daughter going to vote with me. #FlagDay Image
Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA on October 14, 2018. #FlagDay
An American flag waves at one of the points on Liberty Island in New York City on April 2, 2018. #FlagDay Image
Two of my former #CHCougars students at the PyeongChang Olympics in 2018. #FlagDay Image
Inside my #CHCougars classroom creating a special video of my students reading "The New Colossus" in the languages that their families speak with the American Flag as a backdrop. #FlagDay Image
American flag near the Golden Gate Bridge across from San Francisco, CA. #FlagDay Image
American flag on a tour boat along the coast of Long Beach, CA. #FlagDay Image
American Flag on the Live 9/11 Memorial at the Inver Grove Heights Days parade on September 11, 2021 #FlagDay Image
American flag at the South Dakota Capitol on August 28, 2021. #FlagDay Image
American flag flies over the west end of the Minnesota Capitol on May 17, 2021. #FlagDay Image
American Flag flies at the Kansas State Capitol on March 27, 2021. #FlagDay Image
American flag inside the historic Furber Farm in Cottage Grove, MN on October 24, 2020. #FlagDay Image
American Flag at the Marine Corps War Memorial in July 2015. #FlagDay ImageImage
American flag being parachuted in to Lambeau Field during a snow storm on November 10, 2019. #FlagDay
American Flag inside the Tennessee State Capitol on October 17, 2019. #FlagDay Image
The sun shining behind the American flag at Mammoth Cave National Park on October 16, 2019. #FlagDay Image
3 American flags outside the White House. #FlagDay Image
American Flag on the tugboat Bayfield next to the Lift Bridge in Duluth, MN. #FlagDay Image
American flags flank the stage prior to the Amy Klobuchar Presidential bid announcement on February 10, 2019. #FlagDay Image
American flags inside Ellis Island. #FlagDay Image
An American flag flies in the background of the African American Civil War Memorial ("The Spirit of Freedom") #FlagDay Image

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During our class today, we were looking at the ending of the U.S. Dakota War. One of the passages from our textbook Northern Lights (@HistoryEdMNHS) struck me.
* (We spent 3 days in class learning as it was "Breaking News" & have been interjecting since)

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I just got to looking at many of the photos my #SSMSpackers students took during @POTUS @JoeBiden's visit to Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minnesota. I'll post a series of them from before and during the event.
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We got to take advantage of an interesting vantage point to capture some images of the President Biden's visit to Dakota County Technical College. #SSPMSpackers
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This was a great vantage point (and an interesting composition of that first photo, if you ask me.) Our cameras were not the greatest fit this distance, but they got the job done. I wonder what @gspphoto shots would like like from up here! #SSPMSpackers @POTUS
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I've been asked a lot lately if CRT is being used in classrooms currently, if it's being written into the standards, why standards are being rewritten at all, etc.

I've also been asked why I believe it is important to have additional culturally/racially inclusive perspectives.
Minn. Stat. § 120B. 021 Subd. 4(f) states:
The commissioner must implement a review of the academic standards and related benchmarks in social studies beginning in the 2020-2021 school year and every ten years thereafter.

That's why a review is occuring - not a political move.
1st & foremost, it's important 4 people 2 define what CRT is. Most people on Twitter/FB or in real life struggle to do it (educators, conservatives, liberals, people in-between, etc.), &/or have come up w/some sort of bastardized version that picks/chooses only elements of it.
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I'll take it another step further, using the same parameters?
How much time, ... etc. should I devote to the #WWI? Who do I include, exclude? What outside resources can I bring in and which must I avoid? Remember these are 13 year olds and we have 173 school days.
Repeat this for the following:

What battles do we focus on? How do we build context? Outcomes?
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