Located just a few blocks down from Flag-Works over America in Concord, New Hampshire is the state capital. The building was designed by architect Stuart James Park, and built between the years of 1816-1819. Inside the main lobby area of this historic building is the Hall of Flags formerly known as Doric Hall, which was named and designed after a similar display in the Massachusetts capitol building by Charles Bulfinch. The halls feature over 100 battle flags carried by New Hampshire soldiers, representing the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WW I, WW II, and the Vietnam War. The flags surrounding you go back to our nations infancy. Some of these flags are so old that there isn’t barely anything left of them, others are torn and tattered due to going through the riggers of war.
Many of the flags in the hall are here today because of those who gave their life to protect these flags and what they stand for. All of the flags have a story, and this room is not lacking. Some of the flags are from different states, some are from foreign countries and some are from our country. It is quite a site to see to be in the same room inches away from a flag that may have been held by such important people like Franklin Pierce the 14th president of the United States and General John Stark, as well as many other people who founded this great country. Just like the men who fought to protect the flag then, we have men and women now who fight to protect our flag today. Our hope is that one day some of the flags that they fight to protect may be added to this room full of historic flags.
The 9th state, admitted 1788
Although the general design used on New Hampshiress flag had been in use since 1784, it became official in 1909, with slight changes made in 1931. The New Hampshire state seal is the focus of this flag, depicting an optimistic rising sun behind the Raleigh, which was a ship built for use in the Revolutionary War. The seal is surrounded by a laurel wreath. The wreath is an ancient symbol of fame, honor, and victory. The nine stars within the wreath show that New Hampshire was the ninth state to join the Union. The water stands for the harbor of Portsmouth, and in the lower left corner is granite, a strong and sturdy rock, representing the New Hampshire/s rugged landscape and the sturdy character of the people. New Hampshire’s nickname is the Granite State. New Hampshire State Flag Adopted: 1909
The changes to the state seal made in 1931 created a problem for flag makers at the time, How do we put another color into the flag. Flag making was screened at the time and adding another color, silver, was difficult. Some manufactures left in out completely disregarding the change but others added the extra step. Today, manufactures use a dying process that allows them to recreate the state flag of New Hampshire accurately.
The present day flag with the granite boulder can be purchased at quality full service flag stores like Flag-works over America in Concord NH. The flags range in size from 4”x6” to 10’X15’ however the most common size in the 3’x5’, perfect for flying at home or your business. New Hampshire flags can be supplied in either heavy duty nylon or 2 ply woven polyester. Both can withstand the harsh New England weather that NH has to offer.