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Catalog Number 1978.050
Description Flag carried by Idell Beals at the visit of President McKinley's visit, May 14, 1901.
Flag with 45 stars in blue square and 7 red stripes on ivory linen. Medium wooden pole with large (1 inch) staples holding flag into split in wood. Flag is held at top and bottom of split, but has fallen away in the middle. "President McKinley visited California / May 14, 1901. / Idell Beals flag to wave" is handwritten cursive on center white stripes of flag in graphite and copied over in red ink.
Object Name Flag
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title Flag carried by Idell Beals at the visit of President McKinley's visit, May 14, 1901.
Date May 14, 1901
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "President McKinley visited California / May 14, 1901. / Idell Beals flag to wave." (handwritten cursive on flag in graphite and copied over in red ink)
Provenance
Notes "On April 29, 1901, the McKinleys began a cross-country train tour from San Francisco. Railroad syndicates on whose rails the eight-car train traveled, absorbed the entire $75,000 cost of the trip.[2] According to Carl Sferazza Anthony, historian and author of Ida McKinley: The Turn-of-the-Century First Lady Through War, Peace, and Secret Disability the McKinleys planned a cross-country trip during the Spring and summer of 1901, despite Ida's fragile health….On May 8, the McKinleys became the first President and First Lady to visit California. Their train arrived at Redlands, CA, where the President spoke and shook hands. The journey proceeded on to Ontario, California and Alhambra. Later that day, the Presidential couple arrived at Los Angeles, with their train entering at Chinatown. They attended many functions that day. …The McKinleys arrived in San Francisco on May 12, 1901. They stayed at the Henry T. Scott residence, which was across from Lafayette Park." [https://mckinleybirthplacemuseum.org/2016/08/24/list-of-mckinley-firsts-part-9-mckinley-was-the-first-president-to-visit-california-1/ 3/1/2017]

"The 45-Star Flag: This Flag became the Official United States Flag on July 4th, 1896. A star was added for the admission of Utah on January 4th, 1896, and was to last for 12 years. The Presidents to serve under this flag were Grover Cleveland (1893-1897), William McKinley (1897-1901),and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)." [http://www.usflag.org/history/the45starflag.html 3/1/2017]

Dimensions H-11.5 W-22 inches
Dimension Details 11.50 x 0.375 (pole)
Medium Textile
Search Terms California
California - History
California History
Flags
McKinley, President William
Memorabilia
United States
Subjects California history
Flag bearers
Flags
Memorabilia
People Beals, Idell
McKinley, President William