A Symbol of AmericaThe 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series|
|Placed By||Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, Bank One-Lancaster Downtown, and The Ohio Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 5:26am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 363678 N 4399242|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73218333, -82.59078333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 43.931', W 82° 35.447'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 43' 55.86" N, 82° 35' 26.82" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||614, 740|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1312-1334 Granville Pike, Lancaster OH 43130, US|
|Alternative Maps||Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap|
Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.