BOSTON – This morning State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) and State Representative Paul W. Mark (D- Peru) officially presented Windsor’s town flag to Tammy E. Kraus, Superintendent of the Bureau of the State House.
The Bureau maintains and manages the historic Massachusetts State House, on Beacon Hill, as a destination for visitors and a functioning workplace.
After it is properly cataloged and photographed, the Bureau will raise Windsor’s flag in the Great Hall of Flags, the largest function room of the State House. Two decades ago the Bureau began collecting flags from the 351 Commonwealth communities to display them throughout the Great Hall, thereby also improving the acoustics of the room.
Superintendent Tammy Kraus, Rep. Paul Mark & Sen. Ben Downing
Windsor’s flag was first publicly unveiled during a community ceremony at Town Hall on December 7, 2014. It was designed by Susan Edwards, a longtime Windsor resident and noted Berkshire County artist, who answered the Windsor Historical Commission’s call for a unique flag design.
According to Edwards, the flag features a stripe of blue at the top to represent the town’s 2,000 foot elevation with an excellent view of blue skies; white in the center for Windsor’s generous snowfall every winter; and green at the bottom to represent the community’s verdant fields.
Since 2009, and at the request of the Bureau, Downing has actively encouraged local Boards of Selectmen in the communities not currently represented in the Great Hall to submit a flag. To date Downing has proudly sponsored flag presentation ceremonies for Egremont, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlborough, Otis, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Tyringham and Worthington.
There are nine remaining towns in Downing’s Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district without a flag in the Great Hall: Alford, Hawley, Middlefield, New Ashford, Savoy, Westhampton, West Stockbridge, Williamsburg and Williamstown. Middlefield and Williamstown are in the process of creating a town flag; Savoy has discussed their interest with the Senator’s office.
The Bureau estimates that approximately twenty missing town flags are required to complete the Great Hall’s collection.
Municipal flags hang in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.
Susan Greendyke Lachevre, Art Collections Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Art Commission advises that flags prepared for display in the Great Hall should meet the following specifications:
- Flags should measure 4 x 6’ and have a 3” pole sleeve (not grommets) at the hoist end of the flag for threading onto a 1” diameter pole;
- Nylon or cotton muslin flags are preferred, although flags may be constructed of any strong material, either single or double faced;
- Flags may be handmade or commercially produced, and printed or decorated in any stable, permanent fashion;
- Images may be one-sided, but two-sided decoration is encouraged; and
- Fringe is optional.
Downing is renewing his call for these remaining nine towns to submit a flag to the Bureau. Residents or officials seeking information on creating a flag are encouraged to contact Downing’s State House office.