The Commonwealth's collection of state-issued Civil War and Spanish-American War flags serves as an invaluable window into the nature of battle.These colors are significant artifacts that demonstrate the heroism displayed by all Civil War soldiers on the battlefield.
As custodian of these state treasures, the Capitol Preservation Committee offers free public tours of the collection, via appointment. The flag conservation and storage facility is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Capitol.
Additionally the Committee has recently installed a new exhibit on the Commonwealth's collection of Civil War flags, which will add increased interpretation of the collection. This exhibit will also showcase a loan of Civil War artifacts, firearms, and accoutrements, which will help visitors to the flag facility understand the horrendous nature of Civil War combat and the perilous job of bearing the colors.
Visitors can request an appointment to view specific flags Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Individual and group tours are welcome.
To schedule a tour to see these amazing state treasures, receive additional information about the collection, or obtain a free copy of the Committee's booklet, "Preserving Pennsylvania's Historic Civil War Flags," call 717-783-6484 or email our research historian.