School libraries throughout St. Tammany are now offering a book by Glen Duncan and Curtis Vann that tells the story of the search for the official Louisiana State Flag, a project that began in 2006 and proved more complex than expected.
The book entitled “A Modern History of the Louisiana Pelican Flag: A Tale of the Surprisingly Difficult Quest for the Official State Flag” was published last year and is being distributed to school libraries across the state this fall.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools received their books in late August and on Tuesday distributed them to the principals of the schools.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) helped bring the books to School Systems around the state, and representatives from three St. Tammany area DAR chapters presented the book to Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Cheryl Arabie.
The mission to find and recognize the actual design of the official state flag was complicated by the use of several different designs throughout the state. Eventually, after looking at all the different designs, officials approved the new official design in November of 2010.
“It was a huge project, and we are proud to have accomplished the task,” Duncan said in an interview.
The entire project was initiated by an eighth grade student from south Louisiana who had noted inconsistencies in the different state flags he had seen. He contacted a state legislator with the suggestion that a law should be passed to standardize the design of the flag.
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