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Maine State Flag: The Current Version Versus The Original Design & Why Symbols Matter

Maine Public

There is a movement to change the Maine state flag from the current flag, with its blue background and state seal, to the pre-1909 flag, featuring a simple pine tree and star. We’ll discuss some of the flag’s history, and how the original design has become marketable as part of the Maine brand. We’ll also talk about a bill that proposes to revert to the original flag.


Chris Korzen, co-founder and co-owner of Maine Flag Company and Original Maine

Jamie Ritter, Maine state librarian

Rep. Sean Paulhus, Maine House of Representatives, District 52-Bath

Leslie Harlow, owner, 207mainer gift shop in Ellsworth and Ironbound restaurant & inn in Hancock

Kevin Ouellette, owner, Maine Souvenir Shop in Portland


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.