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1866--Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand--1932
"Father of Modern Flag Day"

While not the first to celebrate Flag Day he is considered the
 Father of the Modern Day Flag Day Celebration.

Accordingly, as a young school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin
he place a 10 inch American Flag in an ink well on June 14, 1885
to celebrate "Flag Birthday" and instructed his students to write essays
on the meaning of the Flag.

Then in 1886 he wrote an article for the Chicago Argus newspaper
titled "The Fourteenth of June" proposing an annual observance
for the birth of the flag.

In 1894 the American flag Day Association (AFDA) was founded
which in turn held the first public school Flag Day Celebration
in Chicago's Lincoln, Jackson, and Douglas Parks with over 
300,000 students in attendance.

He was the President of the NFDA for over 50 years
and frequently wrote to and received 
Flag Day Messages
for the President of the United States.


Executive File
282
1866--Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand--1932
Letters to the Presidents
Library of Congress
Executive File
282



"Our Flag"
By Fred Tripp-1940
Beloit, WI



Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand

Father of Modern Day Flag Day Celebrations
1866-1932

"Our Flag"
By Fred Tripp-1940
Beloit, WI
General
Letter Files
1894-Letters to Grover Cleveland-1894
24th President of the Unites States
General
Letter Files
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 July 14, 1894 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL POSA The President Requests Support Re Proc. Click
1-2 July 14, 1894 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL POSA The President Proclamation Re Riots-Mobs Click
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General
Letter Files
1899-Letters to William McKinley-1899
25th President of the United States
General
Letter Files
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 June 6, 1899 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Note With Interest FD Cele Click
1-2 Oct 26, 1899 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Thanks-Articles-Great Seal Click
1-3 Oct 26, 1899 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Articles-Flag Day Click
1-4 Oct 26, 1899 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Flyer-Great Seal Click
1-5 Oct 26, 1899 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-Great Seal Click
1-6 Oct 28, 1899 Sec to President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks Will Show Pres. Click
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General
Letter Files
1911-Letters to Theodore Roosevelt-1911
26th President of the United States
General
Letter Files
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 Sept 6, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self Ex-President Roosevelt Family History Click
1-2 Sept 22, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self Ex-President Re-Letter of Sept 6 Click
1-3 Sept 22, 1911 Ex-President Oyster Bay NY TR Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks-Answers Questions Click
1-4 Sept 27, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self Ex-President Thanks for Note-Sign Photo Click
1-5 Oct 14, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self Ex-President Asks About Photo-Article Click
1-6 Oct 19, 1911 Sec to TR Oyster Bay NY TR Dr. B. J. Cigrand Received C of A & Photo, etc Click
1-7 Nov 6, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL  Self Sec to TR Thanks for Note-Send Photo Click
1-8 Nov 6, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self Ex-President Sends Article Proof-SB Photo Click
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2-1 May 12, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Ex-President Requests Word for AFDA Click
2-2 May 23, 1917 Sec to TR Oyster Bay NY TR Dr. B. J. Cigrand Gave to TR But Too Busy Click
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General
Letter Files
1904-Letters to William Howard Taft-1917
27th President of the United States
General
Letter Files
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 Dec 23, 1904 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL Self as Author William H. Taft Great Seal Book for Xmas Click
1-2 Jan 14, 1905 William H. Taft Washington DC War Dept Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks for Book Click
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2-1 May 24, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Request Word of Appreciation Click
2-2 May 24, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Sample NCPCO Certificate Click
2-3 May 24, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Chicago FD Program-1910 Click
2-4 May 24, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President 1907 Flag Day Meeting Letter Click
2-5 May 24, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-1911 Flag Day Meetng Click
2-6 May 28, 1911 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Telegram-Wishes Success Click
2-7 May 28, 1911 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Copy of Telegram Click
2-8 May 28, 1911 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand To Be Signed By President Click
2-9 May 28, 1911 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Official Letter-Wishes Success Click
2-10 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Thanks-Sends Articles Click
2-11 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-Flag Day Convention Click
2-12 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-Flag Day Suggestion Click
2-13 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-1911 Flag Day Chicago Click
2-14 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-Old Glory Day Click
2-15 Sept  8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-BJC-Bio Click
2-16 Sept 8, 1911 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Chicago IL AFDA The President Article-Presidents in Frats Click
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3-1 May 12, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Ex- President Requests Flag Day Message Click
3-2 May 12, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Ex-President Chicago FD Program-1912 Click
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Executive Files
489-Flag Day
1913--Letters to Woodrow Wilson--1924
28th President of the United States
Executive Files
489-Flag Day
# File &  ID # DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 - Feb 14, 1913 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL BJC President-Elect Sends Book- Lincoln  Speech Click
1-2 - Feb 14, 1913 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL BJC President-Elect Article-George Washington Click
1-3 - Feb 14, 1913 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL BJC President-Elect Article-10 Lincoln's Click
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2-1 489-145183 April 14, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Requests Few Lines for FD Click
2-2 489-145184 April 14, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Chicago FD Program-1912 Click
2-3 489-145185 April 14, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-Background on BJC Click
2-4 489-145186 April 14, 1914 Sec to President Washington DC The White House The President Summary of BJC Letter Click
2-5 489-145187 April 21, 1914 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J Cigrand Sends Flag Message Click
2-6 489-145188 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Thanks-Invites to FD in DC Click
2-7 489-145189 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-Flag Means Liberty.. Click
2-8 489-145190 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-Wilson Letter Click
2-9489-145191April 25, 1914Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAThe PresidentChicago FD Program-1912Click
2-10 489-145192 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-BJC Appointed.. Click
2-11 489-145193 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-Chicago to Fly Flag Click
2-12 489-145194 April 25, 1914 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Article-Wilson Writes Cigrand Click
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2-13489-145236June 4, 1914Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAThe PresidentRequests Approval of RemarksClick
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2-14489-145261June 1914Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAMr TumultyNote-Sending Latest BookClick
2-15489-145262June 1914Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAMr. TumultyArticle-Cigrand To Peace BodyClick
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3-1489-145266May 17, 1915Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAThe PresidentArticle-US Created To Unite MankindClick
3-2489-145267May 17, 1915Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAThe PresidentArticle-Lest We ForgetClick
3-3489-145268May 17, 1915Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDAThe PresidentArticle-Show Flag for Pres.Click
3-4 489-145269 May 17, 1915 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Requests Few Lines for FD Click
3-5 489-145270 May 17, 1915 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA The President Chicago FD Program-1914 Click
3-6 489-145271 May 17, 1915 The President Washington DC The White House Mr. Tumulty Tell BJC-No Message Click
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4-1489-145385May 12, 1917Dr. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDASec to PresidentBusiness Card-BJCClick
4-2 489-145386
May 12, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Requests FD Proclamation Click
4-3 489-145387 May 12, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Chicago FD Program-1912 Click
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4-4 489-145401 June 5, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President What Are Pres FD Intentions? Click
4-5 489-145402 June 5, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Article-Allies to Aid FD Click
4-6 489-145403 June 5, 1917 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President  Chicago FD Program-1912 Click
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5-1 489-145250 June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Hope Pres Gives FD Speech Click
5-2489-145251June 9, 1918Lt. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDASec to PresidentSends Flag ArticlesClick
5-2 489-145252 June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL  AFDA Sec to President Article-US to Observe FD Click
5-3489-145253June 9, 1918Lt. B. J. CigrandBataviaILAFDASec to PresidentArticle-BJC Lincoln  Pacifists-Jump PageClick
5-4 489-145254 June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Article-BJC Lincoln  Pacifists Click
5-5 489-145255 June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Article-BJC-Time for Glory Click
5-6 489-145256
June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Article-BJC-Birth of Old Glory Click
5-7 489-145257 June 9, 1918 Lt. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL AFDA Sec to President Flag Booklet  by BJC-17 Pages Click
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6-1 - Dec 21, 1921 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL Lt-USN Hon.W. Wilson Will Send WW Articles Click
6-2 - Dec 25, 1921 Sec to WW Washington DC WW Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks-Please Send Copies Click
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7-1 - Feb 17, 1922 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL U of Illinois Hon W. Wilson Sends Articles, etc.. Click
7-2 - Feb 21, 1922 Sec to WW Washington DC WW Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks for the Articles, etc.. Click
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8-1 - Feb 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Aurora IL U of Illinois Sec to WW P & A Offers Files for Bio Click
8-2 - Feb 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Aurora IL U of Illinois Sec to WW Poem & Article Memory WW Click
8-3 - Feb 8, 1924 Sec to WW Washington DC WW Dr. B. J. Cigrand Thanks Will Show Mrs W. Click
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Executive File
282
1921-Letters to Warren G. Harding-1923
29th President of the United States
Executive File
282
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 June 8, 1921 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA Sec to President Pres Declare FD Holiday Click
1-2 June 8, 1921 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA Sec to President Published Bio-BJC Click
1-3 June 8, 1921 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Requests FD Message Click
1-4 June 8, 1921 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Article-Origin of Flag Day Click
1-5 June 11, 1921 Sec to President Washington
DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand No FD Proc-Sends Msg Click
1-6 June 11, 1921 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand FD Msg to Boys & Girls Click
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2-1 May 29, 1923 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Requests FD Message Click
2-2 May 29, 1923 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Article-Origin of Flag Day Click
2-3 June 6, 1923 Sec to President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Sending FD Message Click
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Executive File
282
1924-Letters to Calvin Coolidge-1929
30th President of the United States
Executive File
282
# DATE FROM CITY STATE ORG TO DETAILS VIEW
1-1 June 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Requests FD Sentiment Click
1-2 June 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Article-Origin of Flag Day Click
1-3 June 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Sends Signed Copy-The Flag Click
1-4 June 4, 1924 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Sends BJC 1918 FD Address Click
1-5 June 4, 1924 WH Memo Washington
DC The White House The President Re-BJC FD Request Click
1-6 June 11, 1924 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Sends Letter to Mrs. Digney Click
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2-1 ?? ??, 1925 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Requests FD Message-NIF Click
2-2 ?? ??, 1925 The President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Flag Day Message-1919 Click
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3-1 June 4, 1927 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA Sec to President See That Pres Sends Words Click
3-2 June 4, 1927 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Please Send FD Message Click
3-3 June 4, 1927 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Article-Origin of Flag Day Click
3-4 June 4, 1927 Dr. B. J. Cigrand Batavia IL NFDA The President Article-BJC to Principals Click
3-5 June 8, 1927 Sec to President Washington DC The White House Dr. B. J. Cigrand Sends Copy of FD Statement Click
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