In celebration of the stars and stripes, America250 Chairman Dan DiLella visited the Museum of the American Revolution (MOAR) in Philadelphia for a preview of the new exhibit, “Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today,” on June 10.

The exhibit, officially recognized by America250, is open now through September 6 and features rare American flags beside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787.

“This exhibit traces America’s national story from the revolutionary era through to modern day,” said Matthew Skic, curator of exhibition at the museum.

From the official MOAR exhibit description: “The flags—many of which have never been exhibited before—trace the evolution of the Stars and Stripes through the addition and subtraction of stars as new states joined the Union and the nation battled through the Civil War. The flags serve as a visual narrative of America’s national story. The flags will be showcased alongside historic documents including early printings of more than 16 different state constitutions and the Choctaw Nation Constitution of 1838 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as it expanded and worked toward creating a “more perfect Union.”

Chairman DiLella said, “Our support of programs such as the ‘Flags and Founding Documents’ exhibit represent some of the ways we seek to inspire Americans in order to renew and strengthen our daring experiment in democracy.”