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The Flag Heritage Foundation

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the knowledge, preservation and study of flags.   For more about us, see Who We Are.

Flags have been documented as a vehicle of human expression for at least 1000 years, and there is evidence of widespread use even before that.  They communicate information about nationality, locality, belief, identity, organization, rank, and much more.  Although there are exceptions, the basic elements of flag communication are color and line; words are secondary and ordinarily detract from a flag’s expressive power.

The number and uses of flags have so multiplied that it has long been impossible to list them all, or to collect all the designs in a book (or even a website, although Flags of the World makes a good attempt).  But this very multiplicity of design and use makes flags a mirror of culture.  Knowledge of flags helps us understand the world, and enriches studies in many fields including history, art history, art and design, political science, geography, semiotics, social psychology, cultural anthropology, heraldry, textile studies, and regional studies of all regions.

The formal study of flags is called vexillology, a …
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Who We Are

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the knowledge, preservation and study of flags.

Founded in Massachusetts in 1971, the Foundation’s organizing document (its “Trust Declaration”), states that the Foundation is to use its resources

To preserve and display flags and artifacts related to them; To collect, organize, and disseminate information concerning all aspects of flags and related symbols; To promote wide public knowledge of the rich history of flags; and To cooperate actively with individuals and institutions having similar concerns.

To further these purposes, the Trust Declaration empowers the Foundation

To prepare, publish, and distribute books, periodicals, films, charts, and similar materials; To conduct and direct research; To communicate through conferences, seminars and similar activities; To provide information on flags; To create and maintain a library, museum, laboratory, or exhibition; and To make grants for any of these purposes.

Please click here to read about the Foundation’s current programs. Please click here for a brief history of the Foundation.

The Flag Heritage Foundation is a constituent member of FIAV (Féderation internationale des associations véxillologiques), the International Association of Vexillological Associations.

The Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt organization under § 501(c)(3) …
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