Porter County hanging original U.S. flag replica
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent June 13, 2013 3:46PM
Native Sun Productions helped dress up the Porter County Courthouse for Flag Day on Friday by donating a large replica the country's original flag design. | James D. Wolf Jr.~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:58PM
VALPARAISO — The Porter County Courthouse is wearing a bit of history for Flag Day — the largest replica of the first Stars and Stripes.
It’s the original United States flag design, not the Betsy Ross circle version we’re all familiar with, said Gary Foreman, whose Valparaiso company Native Sun Productions donated the use of the flag to the county.
The original flag was created by Francis Hopkinson of Bordentown, N.J., Foreman said.
Hopkinson’s being the first is something that the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia now recognizes as probable, he added.
There are no written records of Ross -- a known flag maker -- creating the first circle of stars flag, just an oral tradition handed down in her family and made known on the nation’s centennial.
Forman’s company had the giant replica made about 20 years ago to be flown in Milwaukee County Stadium on Flag Day for a game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. It’s since been used in History Channel and A&E events his company has produced and has flown in national parks, such as George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes.
“It’s gotten around the country,” Foreman said.
Besides designing the flag, Hopkinson was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was selected to be on the first naval committee, and it’s believed he designed the first seal of the United States.
People can also see that the flag has six-pointed stars instead of the five pointed ones that came about the time of the stars arranged in a circle rather than lines.