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Louisville, Kentucky - Bourbon, Horses & History

829 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202

 The Frazier History Museum salutes the world’s artistic love affair with the stars and stripes in Long May She Wave:  A Graphic History of the American Flag.  This incomparable display of over 100 red, white and blue objects opens to the public on Saturday, February 22 and runs through Sunday, July 6, 2014.   Long May She Wave is part of the private collection of renowned San Francisco graphic designer Kit Hinrichs, who has acquired American flag-inspired art for more than 40 years.

With an eclectic mix of objects, what makes this collection singular is that Hinrichs approaches the acquisition of each piece with a designer’s sensibility. His interest in the American flag began with a hand-sewn flag created by his great-great-great-great-aunt in 1865 and grew into a rich collection of over 5,000 objects.

To call Hinrichs an American flag collector does not tell a complete story.  Although stars and stripes factor into all of the artifacts, the vast collection is enormously varied, including Garrison Flags, one-of-a-kind quilts, Navajo weavings, “Living Flag” photos, war posters, political memorabilia, postcards, folk art, flag bearer toy soldiers, and fine art expressions, among other pieces. Unique historical objects are balanced with everyday objects, and the collection of quilts catalogs and puts into historical perspective how all of these objects make up a tapestry of American imagery.