National Museum of American History/ Betsy Ross and the American Flag


American History Museum


A photo of Betsy Ross character outside the Star Spangled Banner exhibit at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.

Did Betsy Ross actually make the nation’s first official flag? There seems to be some controversy
about this.


The woman in the photo portrays not Betsy Ross but Mary Pickersgill, the Baltimore flag maker who made the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the national anthem. Check out