NAVA 47 (2013)

11-13 Oct 2013 · Salt Lake City, Utah · Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

Preble Lecture

“Terrible as an Army with Banners,” Dr. Richard E. Bennett, president of the Mormon History Association and professor and Chair, Department of Church History, Brigham Young University. Delivered 11 Oct 2013 at the Relief Society Room, Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City. (The address is forthcoming in Raven: A Journal of Vexillology)


Revisiting the Flag at Prospect Hill:  Grand Union or Just British?, Byron DeLear, Va.

Revitalized Flag Magic: Flag Retirement Rituals and the Power of Talismans, Scot M. Guenter, Ph.D., LF, FF, WSF, Calif.

The Flag’s Own Right: Right, Wrong, or Sinister Conspiracy?, John M. Hartvigsen, Utah

Ancient Standards of Israel, Marilyn Hichborn, Calif.

The Hawaiian Flag Has Always Been White, Red, and Blue, Patrick Ka’ano’i, Hawaii

Flags of New World Slave Risings, Steven A Knowlton, Tenn.

Historical Flags of Our Ancestors, Peter Loeser, Calif.

Flags as Flair: The Iconography of Space Shuttle Mission Patches, Anne M. Platoff, M.S., M.A., FF, Calif.

Storage of Collections:  A Time for Great Possibilities, Gwen Spicer, M.S., FAIC, N.Y.

Backstage Anecdotes from the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics’ Medals/Flags Ceremony Team, Paul B. Swenson, Utah

Flags and Emblems of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea: Vexillidolatry in its Purest Form, Dean C. Thomas, Ark.

Exploring the Genealogy of the President’s Flag of the U.S.A., 1915-1959, Robert M. Williamson, N.C.

Awards and Honors

Whitney Smith Fellow: Charles A. Spain, J.D.

Honorary Membership (for distinguished service to the Association): Dr. Kirby A. Baker, Dr. Don E. Carleton, Austin Smith

John Purcell Award: John M. Hartvigsen

Captain William Driver Award: Dean C. Thomas

Kevin Harrington Award: Kevin Harrington, M.A.T., FF

Doreen Braverman Award: Doreen Braverman

Flag Design

Reminiscent of the Association’s flag, the design in blue and white features a golden beehive for Utah, the Beehive State. Many early Utah flags used blue and white in their color scheme. White and blue are colors that visually describe the host city, white for salt and blue for the waters of the Great Salt Lake. The white cut “V” also symbolizes the valley between the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountain ranges.

The beehive is the single most important and recognizable symbol of the state as it has been from pioneer days. Like beehives, the early settlements of Utah were founded as self-reliant communities sustained by the united work of their inhabitants.

The two arcs of stars with four stars above and seven stars below symbolize that the gathering is the Association’s 47th annual meeting. By coincidence, 47 is a significant and recognizable number in Utah, commemorating the year 1847 when Utah’s pioneers arrived in the Great Basin.

The large star below the beehive signifies the “Rising Star of Deseret” shown on many early flags of Utah history. It is rotated with a point down placing it in a rising attitude. As Utah’s star rose to join the other stars in the blue union of the Stars and Stripes, NAVA 47 represents the Association’s growing membership in Utah as the state rises to take its place among the other states and provinces from which the Association draws its membership. This rising star thus points to growing participation of Utah’s NAVA members.


  • Peter Ansoff & Mary Ansoff
  • Maikel Arista-Salado
  • Chris Bedwell & Joe Cook
  • Hugh Brady & Larry Soucier
  • Doreen & Jack Braverman
  • David Breitenbach
  • Al Cavalari
  • Liam & Kate Cushman
  • Byron DeLear
  • Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
  • Federico Drews
  • Jim Ferrigan
  • Ron Fox
  • Scot Guenter
  • Kevin Harrington
  • John & Deanna Hartvigsen
  • Kenneth Hartvigsen
  • Marilyn & Hal Hichborn
  • Ryan James
  • Bea Jones
  • Patrick & Heinke Ka’anoi
  • Edward Kaye
  • Steve Knowlton
  • Amy & Julianna Langston
  • Vernón León
  • Peter & Marianne Loeser
  • John & Karen Lowe
  • Maxime Meka Meka & Henriette Essapo
  • Joan Merrington
  • Rich Monahan
  • Stan Mottaz
  • Kevin Murray
  • Corey Oisen
  • Michael Orelove & Kathleen Forrest
  • David Ott
  • Annie & Michael Platoff
  • Gary Randall
  • Ken Reynolds
  • Tim Seipel & Bobbie Rezutek
  • David Rodearmel
  • DeVaughn Simper
  • Greg Slayden
  • Chris Smith
  • Randy Smith
  • Charles Spain & John Adcock
  • Gwen Spicer
  • Paul Swenson
  • Dean Thomas
  • Gus Tracchia
  • Pete Van de Putte
  • Vanessa Van de Putte
  • Gil Vegas
  • Robert Williamson; Chuck & Donna Douglas
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