Historic U.S. flag on display at Lake-Osceola State Bank 

Flag was given to the village by then-Michigan Governor Henry Porter Baldwin in 1872

The American Flag that Michigan Governor Henry Porter Baldwin gave to the Village of Baldwin in 1872 will be displayed by the Lake County Historical Society in the main lobby of the Lake-Osceola State Bank in Baldwin on Thursday and Friday, July 21-22.  

The American Flag that Michigan Governor Henry Porter Baldwin gave to the Village of Baldwin in 1872 will be displayed by the Lake County Historical Society in the main lobby of the Lake-Osceola State Bank in Baldwin on Thursday and Friday, July 21-22.  

Courtesy of the Lake County Historical Society

BALDWIN — The American Flag that then-Michigan Governor Henry Porter Baldwin gave to the Village of Baldwin in 1872 will be displayed by the Lake County Historical Society in the main lobby of the Lake-Osceola State Bank in Baldwin on Thursday and Friday, July 21-22.  

Henry Baldwin, born in 1814 in Coventry, Rhode Island, moved to Detroit in 1838.  He served in the Michigan Senate from 1861 to 1862, then as Governor from 1869 to 1873. During his time as Governor, he presented American Flag to the Village.  

The approximately 11-foot-by-26-foot large American flag boasts 37 stars appliqued to the blue field, which then had the fabric cut out behind them so that the sunlight could illuminate the stars.    

Baldwin was not the original name of the village. Issac Grant, the first store owner in town, organized a committee to give the town an official name. Once known as Hanibal, the name Baldwin City was selected as the new name by a popular vote in 1872 in honor of the then Governor. Soon after, the “city” was dropped from the town's name. The town became a station on the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1873, the County Seat in 1874 and was incorporated as a village in 1887.    

The flag will be available for viewing in the main lobby of the bank from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone in encouraged to see it while it is on display. This is another of the Baldwin Sesquicentennial Celebration free events happening this summer. Check with the Lake County Historical Museum and local businesses for a full schedule of events.