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IN THE NEWS: City flag headed to Statehouse
June 28, 2011


Berkshire Eagle

With its newly adopted flag, Pittsfield will finally be represented this week among the hundreds of municipal flags hanging in the Statehouse in Boston.

State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing and Pittsfield Mayor James M. Ruberto will host a delegation of officials and residents representing Pittsfield this Thursday, when the city’s flag will be hoisted for display in the Great Hall of the State House.

The city flag was created by Shaun Harris, an aspiring young artist. The 22-year-old’s design depicts four landmark buildings on Park Square, surrounded by an elm tree leaf, all against a solid green background. "City of Pittsfield" is written above and "1761" below the artwork. 1761 is the year Pittsfield was incorporated as a town.

The Great Hall is the largest function room in the Massachusetts Statehouse. In 1992, the agency tasked with managing state office space, the Bureau of State Office Buildings, began collecting official flags from the 351 Commonwealth communities and hanging them throughout the Great Hall to improve the acoustics of the room.

Earlier this year, a renovation of the Great Hall was completed, and the 320 town flags currently in BSB’s custody were re-hung and arranged according to dates of incorporation.

The ceremony will be held from 11 to 11:45 a.m.


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