Darian Kath wrote the following summary of a project he is working on for the Honor Guard and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center--where he works:
This exhibit has been literally years in the making. I scoured every known resource relating to flags and the Expedition as well as the construction of early 19th century flags. There is no definitive answers to exactly what they brought, so I am basing it off my educated interpretation. I settled on three designs:
1. Indian Presentation Flag: most probable of what Lewis and Clark gave to tribal dignitaries while on the Expedition. I chose a design specified to Fort Dearborn in 1803. It has 17 stripes and a canton of 17 stars and an eagle emblem. It measures 9 feet long and 6 feet wide.
2. 15 Star Flag: this is the flag we are accustomed to seeing with Lewis and Clark renditions. In part, because it was the closest to an official flag design during that era. Originally instituted as the national colors by Washington in 1794, it would hold until 1818. Lewis and Clark may have had this for their large flag raised for Indian Councils and posted at their winter encampment. Mine will measure 6 feet by 4 feet.
3. Keelboat Pennant: other than Clark's drawing, we don't know much of the colors hanging from the stern of their boat. It is unknown what was in the canton (the drawing is not detailed enough). I am still pondering this part, but the entire pennant will measure 7 1/2 feet in length.
All three examples are being made with wool bunting, the standard flag fabric of the time. Many hours of tedious handwork is involved. However the final product will be a ONE OF A KIND stunning display.