Cooper Conservation Grant

The North American Vexillological Association–Association nord-américaine de vexillologie actively promotes conservation, preservation, and restoration of historic flags by raising and granting funds for museums and other repositories and by lending its name in support of these efforts. The Flag Conservation Committee awards the Grace Rogers Cooper Flag Conservation Grant for these efforts. The grant is named in memory of Grace Rogers Cooper, a Smithsonian Institution curator and U.S. textile expert, known for her seminal work Thirteen-Star Flags: Keys to Identification, published in 1973, which exposed a number of “antique” flags as modern replicas. She was president of the Association and longtime editor of NAVA News. She was honored as a Whitney Smith Fellow of the Association.

Details on grant program and procedures for applying are available from the chair of the flag conservation committee. Click here to contact the Association and select “Flag Conservation Committee” in the category menu.

The grant program has supported the following flags:

2014: 1915 prototype for the “City of Houston” flag. Preservation Houston, Houston, Texas.

Houston city flag prototype

2007: Federal-era (late 1700s) “Support Our Constitution” flag. Masonic Library and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

2006: 35-star US flag. Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island, Maine.

2005: 20-star US flag. Old Capitol Museum, Jackson, Mississippi.

Conservation 2004 1

2004: Hardee pattern flag (the 5th Tennessee). Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.

2002: General Purposes. Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia.