Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Processional banner of the Washington Benevolent Society of Bennington

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The Washington Benevolent Society was a grassroots political group set up 1808-1816 by the Federalist Party to electioneer for votes. The Bennington chapter was organized in July 1811 by Gov. Isaac Tichenor. The seventeen gold seven-pointed stars encircling image symbolize the seventeen states in the Union at that time. For many years after the Society was disbanded, their processional banner hung in the Tichenor house. It was given to the museum by descendants in 1927 and expertly restored. It hung in the Museum's Church Gallery for many years, but is too fragile to display today.

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