Flag Designed for the Kennedy Center, Smithson Bicentennial

ID: 71-1898

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1971

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 1

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In preparation for the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of James Smithson, in 1965 a new Smithsonian flag was designed. Banners were also designed for all Smithsonian bureaus. The thirteen individual banners were all similar except for the design of the canton in the upper left corner. All have a blue field with gold fringe on the upper, lower, and right sides. In the center is a gold sun burst with 16 alternating straight and wavy rays. For the Kennedy Center, the green canton features a gold musical stringed instrument. The Secretary of the Smithsonian sits on the Kennedy Center Board.


  • Bicentennial Celebration Commemorating the Birth of James Smithson 1965
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)


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The first Smithsonian flag was designed in 1955.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 66, Folder: 1

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Color; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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