Oct 17, 2015 1:00 PM

Lawmakers pump brakes on plan to protect battle flags

The Associated Press

CONCORD — State officials have put aside a plan to protect New Hampshire's historic Civil War battle flags from deterioration.

The Concord Monitor reports the Joint Legislative Historic Committee is instead considering photographing the 87 flags annually to determine whether they're deteriorating and replacing a protective liner on the display case they sit in.

Prior to Thursday's decision, the committee had been moving on a more robust conservation plan. Under a conservator's plan, a majority of the historic Civil War flags would be encapsulated in a protective, sheer fabric and rehung from their staffs in the State House lobby.

That proposal is on hold as lawmakers worry that moving the flags could do more harm than good.


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