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The North Star Flag
A PROPOSAL FOR A NEW MINNESOTA STATE FLAG


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THE 1893 STATE FLAG

Original Minnesota flag, 1893

Above is shown the winning contest entry for the Minnesota state flag in 1893, as designed by Amelia Hyde Center (left), and as sewn by the Fjelde Sisters (right).  The original flag is stored at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, and can be viewed by appointment.  The reverse of the flag (no longer visible) was plain blue.  She explained her design in a contemporary newspaper.

Replicas of the 1893 pattern can also be found in the online photo collection of the Minnesota Historical Society by entering "state flag" in the search window of the visual resources database.

Below is a flag dating from about 1950, bearing the seal on both the obverse (left) and the reverse (right). In 1957 the state modified the flag pattern.

Minnesota flag ca. 1950 (obverse)    Minnesota flag, c. 1950 (reverse)




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