Official Minnesota State Flag 1957 – Present
The first Minnesota state flag was adopted in 1893 in preparation for the state having an exhibition at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The 1893 design was 2-sided with one side being white and the other blue with a modified state seal on both sides. In an effort to make the flag less expensive to produce and more durable, the flag was redesigned in 1957 just ahead of their 1958 centennial statehood celebration. The new design was no longer 2-sided and consisted of a modified state seal (similar to the 1893 version but with several differences) emblazoned on a royal blue field. Some minor color changes were made to the design in 1983 slightly changing color shades within the seal and the background color from royal blue to medium blue. Other than these minor differences, today’s design is the same as the 1957 version and consists of the state seal inside two concentric circular fields against a medium blue background. The first circular field around the seal is a blue ring decorated by a wreath of pink-and-white lady’s slippers which is the official state flower, while the years 1819 and 1893 are written in gold on two red ribbons flanking the seal. 1819 was the year that the first Europeans settled at Fort Snelling which was in the territory that is now the state of Minnesota, and 1893 was the year that Minnesota officially adopted its first state flag. The year 1858 in gold numbers appears at the top of the blue ring which is the year that Minnesota became the 32nd state of the United States. A white ring with 19 stars arranged to form five evenly spaced groups of stars makes up the outermost circular border. Four of the groups contain four stars each arranged in the same pattern, while the group at the top center has two stars that are the same size as the ones in the other groups and one larger star at the very top. The number 19 represents the fact that Minnesota was the 19th state to join the Union after the original 13, and the single larger star at the top of the seal represents the North Star. “Minnesota” is printed in red letters at the bottom center of the white ring. Both the blue and white rings are bordered with gold. The artwork depicted within the state seal features an American Indian on horseback in the background representing the state’s Native American heritage, while a Pioneer/Farmer is seen plowing the soil in the foreground. The horse and spear which both belong to the Native American, and the Pioneer’s ax, rifle, and plow, are examples of the tools needed for labor and hunting which were necessary for daily life in 1858. The tree stump symbolizes the taming of the land and the importance of the lumber industry to Minnesota. A sun is setting on the western horizon with the straight horizon line representing the plains and then the steep mountains are for the mountainous regions. These two types of terrain are both part of the state’s landscape. The Mississippi River and Saint Anthony Falls are shown to indicate the importance of these two resources for transportation, industry, and the settling of the frontier. The plowed ground symbolizes the importance of agriculture to the state and its future. Beyond the waterfalls are three Norway pine trees which is the state tree and the three trees represent the three pine regions of the state, which are St Croix, Mississippi, and Lake Superior. The waving red banner spanning the sky above the sunset and the mountains features the French phrase “L’Etoile du Nord” which means “The Star of the North”. This is the official Minnesota state motto which was adopted in 1861.
Nylon is a durable, lightweight material that will easily fly in a light breeze and features bright, rich colors. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag and the lettering reads correctly from one side only.
- Quality construction
- Bright colors
- One solid piece of fully printed, 150-denier nylon fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Flag size: 3’x5′