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Harvard, Massachusetts (U.S.)

Worcester County

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[Harvard town  flag ] image located by Ivan Sache, 19 April 2006

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Melissa A. Hoffmann reports in "The Harvard Post", 14 April 2006, that Harvard has a brand new flag, which will be the 297th to be added in the State House collection of town flags. The girl scouts from the Harvard Brownie Troop 641 where upset by the lack of flag for their town when visiting the State House. They presented their proposal, with strict specifications, to the annual Town Meeting on 25 March 2006. It was unanimously agreed to adopt the flag and to direct the girls to present it to the State House. Neil Kilpeck, Superintendent of the State Office Buildings, welcomed them and said he had accepted 60 town flags since he became superintendent.

The original article is in "The Harvard Post" with a photograph showing the flag. The town flag of Harvard is blue with the municipal seal in the middle and a golden fringe all around. The girls insisted on the fringe. The seal shows a big house on a white background. The black ring around the seal bears TOWN OF HARVARD, MASS. in yellow letters on black, and ESTABLISHED IN 1732 in smaller black letters on a white scroll. The ring has a thin gold border.

Harvard (5,710 inhabitants on 1 January 2005) is a well preserved rural community, which was incorporated as a town in 1732. It is located 32 miles west of Boston, and 22 miles northeast of Worcester. In 1781, Mother Ann Lee founded on Harvard a Shaker Village, still to be seen today. In 1843, Bronson Alcott settled with his family in the Fruitlands farmhouse and carried out there a "transcendental experiment". The farm is now part of the Fruitlands Museum on Prospect Hill. Harvard is characterized by colonial and Victorian homes, churches, town hall and library clustered around a historic common; winding roads lined with trees and often marked by stone walls; many historic farm houses and several working apple and peach orchards in outlying areas; and the four centuries old village of Still River with its stunning western vistas. The main event in town is the Apple Blossom Festival.

The town website also shows a black and white image of the seal.
Ivan Sache, 19 April 2006

The Town of Harvard official town seal ... pictures the Bromfield School built in 1878..."
Ned Smith, 19 April 2006


[Municipal seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 3 May 2020

Paul Bassinson, 3 May 2020