By now followers of our museum have probably become accustomed to what the national ensign of the Confederate States Gunboat Hampton looked like when it was officially accepted into the collection of the Naval History and Heritage Command in 2013. It is what I like to call the "before" picture:
The flag was not only
desiccated from insufficient moisture, but it also suffered from an “acidic” environment caused by pollutants
in the atmosphere. It had also sustained damaging exposure to ultraviolet rays over the years. Its loose and frayed hems have been painstakingly mended, its structural integrity has now been stabilized using archival-quality batting, and it is supported by its own frame. This brings me to the "after" picture:
On Wednesday, the 22nd of April at 6 PM, this true rarity made its public debut in our main museum location at One Waterside Drive, inside Nauticus.
Come and see it!