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R311 Summer 2018 The Continental Colors in Philadelphia in 1754?

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R311 Summer 2018 The Continental Colors in Philadelphia in 1754?
Monday, 9:40–11:05, June 25
One session
Instructor: Peter Ansoff

Historians of the American flag have long been puzzled by an engraving of the Philadelphia waterfront that was made in 1754. It depicts a ship at anchor in the Delaware River, flying a flag that resembles the “Continental Colors” or “Grand Union” flag of the American Revolutionary War navy. But that flag, and the Continental Navy itself, were not created until 1775, when Americans began their struggle for independence. What was the flag doing in Philadelphia 21 years earlier? This course will propose a surprising answer that involves events on three continents, including some maritime history, some art history, and even an excursion into the history of beer.
Peter Ansoff, an OLLI member, is retired from a career as an acquisition support contractor for the US Navy. He is a former president of the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), an organization dedicated to the study of flags, and has published several research papers dealing with early flags of the United States. His other research interests include maritime history and lighter-than-air aviation history.

Class Details

1 Sessions
Weekly - Mon

United Christian Parish

Peter Ansoff 

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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/25/2018 - 6/25/2018 Weekly - Mon 9:40 AM - 11:05 AM Reston, United Christian Parish  Map Peter Ansoff 

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