Weathered and pitted with history the reclaimed wood of the the disappearing Midwest barn is the inspiration and the canvas for Marie Roth’s hand painted tributes to Old Glory. Each American flag comes with a short bio of the barn where the wood originated and story of the flag design. From the Betsy Ross to the 50 star, each flag is truly a unique embodiment of history.
This becomes the official flag of the United States with the Flag Act of January 13, 1794, providing for 15 stars and 15 stripes. Stripes and stars are added for Vermont (March 4, 1791) and Kentucky (June 1, 1792). The new states have been demanding representation in the flag but opinions are sharply divided in Congress. Opponents characterize the debate itself as a “consummate piece of frivolity”, indignant at the “sinful” waste of money the change would incur — including $60 to replace the flags on all Naval vessels. Proponents argue that excluding the new States offends their citizens. Adding new stars was a matter of national prestige, a clear sign that the United States is growing. The latter argument prevailed but not without this dire prediction: “If we alter the flag…we may go adding and altering at this rate for one hundred years to come. It is very likely, before fifteen years elapse, we shall consist of twenty states….”
This flag is painted on a part of a door from a barn built on Cranberry Road in Burlington, Wisconsin, c. 1920. The farm has had numerous owners, reflective of the immigrant history of the Burlington area. The first settlers came in 1836, four men who make a “jackknife” claim to the land by carving their names on a tree. They name the town Foxville because of its location at the junction of the Fox and White Rivers. The “immigrants” who follow come primarily from the northeast and bring their heritage of Scotch and Irish ancestry. In 1839 the name of the town is changed to Burlington after Burlington, Vermont. A dam is built on the Fox River, followed by a sawmill, a grain mill, and then the first bridge to span the Fox River.
|Dimensions||12 x 12 x 12 in|