History Lessons

History lessons is a grouping of historical stories and tidbits. The topics range from the American Civil War through interesting items from around the world. Please use the comments area to ask questions and make suggestions for future topics.

History Lessons

What Does F.C.L. on a Military Grave Marker Mean?

War of 1776 Grave Marker with FCL

One of the ways family and friends honor fallen members of the military is by placing a veteran grave marker or medallion at their grave site. While the design varies, these military grave markers are typically made of bronze, aluminum or hard plastic, and are mounted on a ground stake, or rod. Many also include… continue

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History of the Betsy Ross Flag

Betsy Ross Flag

Distinguished by its alternating red-and-white stripes and thirteen white stars arranged in a circle on a blue canton, the Betsy Ross Flag is one of the earliest recognized designs of the American flag. In use since 1777, the flag is named for Philadelphia upholsterer and flag maker Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross, but its true origins remain… continue

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Maine’s Original State Flag: A Comeback Story

Original Maine State flag featuring a blue north star and a green pine tree on a beige background

Maine’s current state flag is a standard blue flag with the state coat of arms in the middle. It’s a flag that can hardly be distinguished from more than a dozen other state flags with similar designs. But Maine’s state flag wasn’t always this way. More than one hundred years ago, Maine was represented by… continue

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Grandma was a Gold Star Mother

By MariAgnes Malkonian Saluting my Gold Star Mother Grandmother, Agnes Cervo Stevens, who were she still alive, would be 111 years old! Grandma was tall, with blue eyes and blonde hair and I am honored to be her namesake. Agnes was many things. She was a wife and mother of four children, including my Mom-… continue

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The Liberty Flag of Schenectady

Before the American Flag as we know it was designed to represent the United States, several other flags were created to represent our country and its storied history. Many of these flags were designed with our struggles for freedom in mind, showcasing the many efforts that were made to escape British interference. Dozens of local… continue