1892 Commemorative Ribbon for the National Public School Celebration

1892 Commemorative Ribbon for the National Public School Celebration

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This white ribbon depicts and eagle, an American shield, the date October 21st, 1892, and a portrait image of Christopher Columbus. Fringe is missing on the top and bottom of the ribbon. The ribbon commemorates the 1892 National Public School Celebration declared by President Benjamin Harrison and issued to celebrate the opening of the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in October 1892, the 400th anniversary of the landing of Christopher Columbus, and the recognicial of the important role American schools were playing in the education of young citizens. This celebration was sponsored by the Youth Companion Magazine and the Federal government to promote Americanization with patriotic pagentry and a flag ceremony that introduced the Pledge of Allegiance.
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fabric (overall material)
overall: 13.3 cm x 4.7 cm; 5 1/4 in x 1 27/32 in
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
Pledge of Allegiance
National Columbian Public School Celebration of October 21, 1892
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National Museum of American History
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