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Founded in 1967, the North American Vexillological Association / Association nord-américaine de vexillologie is a United States and Canadian bi-national, non-profit, scholarly organization dedicated to the study of flags and their cultural, historical, political, and social significance. It is one of the largest associations of its kind in the world. The Association oversees a vigorous publications program; organizes an annual meeting in which vexillologists showcase their research; supports flag conservation and flag research projects; and offers awards to recognize and promote excellence in vexillological scholarship. The Association does not participate in the patriotic promotion of any particular flag.

With members from across Canada, the United States, and around the world, the Association serves historians, educators, museum directors, government officials, flag retailers and manufacturers, writers, and designers. Membership is open to anyone, regardless of their country of residence, with an interest in flags.

If you have a passion to show the world that flags are more than colored pieces of cloth with differing designs—that flags carry with them the ethos of the people who make and adopt them, for better or for worse—we invite you to join us.


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The Twenty-Seventh International Congress of Vexillology will be held August 7-11, 2017 in London, England. If you are considering attending the Congress, then information about the Congress is available at http://www.icv27.co.uk/.

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