In Follow the Flag, see 10 real Civil War battle flags that have been conserved through the Ohio Historical Society’s Save the Flags campaign, accompanied by stories of those who lived through America's epic war, as told in their own words. Learn what the flags represented to the brave Ohioans who carried them into battle.
As designated caretaker of a collection of Ohio battle flags that is the property of the Ohio National Guard, the Ohio Historical Society has worked since 2001 to raise funds to conserve the flags, many of which have significant damage. To date, 19 of the 388 Civil War flags in the collection have been conserved with help from Ohioans.
Also in this exhibit, you'll learn how conservators remove dirt and residue from fragile fabrics and perform other specialized conservation techniques, how much it costs to keep the effort to save the flags going and how you can contribute to conserving the flags. Follow the Flag is made possible in part by the Gordon Chandler Fund of the Columbus Foundation.