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Madison, NE couple helps preserve 150-year-old flag


Since then, it’s had many homes including the old Presbyterian Church and the ... The Trine family says it will remain at the Madison Art Center for now. Watch News Channel Nebraska's full story here.


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“It’s just history, you knowThe history of Madison and the history of my family,” Gene Trine said.Over 150 years of history is in a one 5.5 by 7.5-foot piece of clothIn 1867, the flag was hand-sewn by a sail-maker in Chicago for Water Craig of Stanton County Craig gave the flag to J.CTrine to present to the town of Madison in 1869.Since then, it’s had many homes including the old Presbyterian Church and the Grand Army of the Republic HallOn Sunday, it officially got a new home at the Madison Art Center.The flag’s significance to the town and to the Trine family is why Gene and Phyllis Trine sent it to the Midwest Art Conservation Center in Minneapolis to be professionally preserved.“The flag was on a backing. They had to take that off stitch by stitch, and vacuum the whole flag bit by bit,” Gene Trine said. “You know, it’s very fragile.”The words “Peace, Plenty and Happiness” are sewn into the white stripes of the 36-star flag Gene says the words were the wishes that Walter Craig had for the new town of Madison.But the gift to Madison could have had a relatively short lifeA tornado struck the town in 1881 and took out the whole Presbyterian Church, except for the west wall where the flag was displayed.“If it could survive the tornado,” Phyllis Trine said“It was like the Star Spangled Banner line,’ And the flag was still there.’”The flag is fragile so it can only be displayed for about three months at a timeThe Trine family says it will remain at the Madison Art Center for now.Watch News Channel Nebraska's full story here.  wnad_52.load(); if (Worldnow.EventMan) Worldnow.EventMan.event('WNCol2done'); if (Worldnow.EventMan) Worldnow.EventMan.event('WNCol23done'); wnad_43.load(); wnad_44.load(); wnad_47.load(); Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>> 14-year-old charged with terrorism following lockout at Le Mars Community High School14-year-old charged with terrorism following lockout at Le Mars Community High SchoolPlans unveiled for Inn at OkobojiPlans unveiled for Inn at OkobojiStorm Lake students arrested after sending nude photosStorm Lake students arrested after sending nude photosSportsSportsFource Extra; Part ISportsFource Extra; Part IFlorida school shootingFlorida school shootingWhat kids and parents need to know about 'sexting'What kids and parents need to know about 'sexting'The Wilmes family from Dakota City, NE shares their inspiring storyThe Wilmes family from Dakota City, NE shares their inspiring storyWoodbury County Pheasants ForeverWoodbury County Pheasants Forever15 year-old Siouxland Native makes history after heart-lung transplant15 year-old Siouxland Native makes history after heart-lung transplantPolice, school district release details about prescription pill exchange at North Middle SchoolPolice, school district release details about prescription pill exchange at North Middle School   var ds = new Worldnow.CustomizedBlock('DisplaySizeId78'); Worldnow.EventMan.event('displaysizeloaded',ds) if (Worldnow.EventMan) Worldnow.EventMan.event('WNCol4done');

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