Friday, March 6, 2009

My Report on Betsy Ross

My mom had me do a report (or, I wanted to do it) on Betsy Ross, the young lady that sewed the first American flag. But, real quick, before I start, I want to thank everyone for the sweet comments on my post that was on yesterday about Matty. It made me feel a lot better knowing that you all are there comforting me. Thanks! Alright, on with the assignment!

Betsy Ross was born on January 1st, 1752. She was first named Elizabeth Griscom. She got the name Betsy from her real name, Elizabeth. Her parents' names were Samuel and Rebecca Griscom. She grew up as a quaker. She went to a quaker school where usually, you would learn stitchery and sewing and politeness and tea hosting and things of that sort, however, she learned sewing and embroidery at home. She lived a very simple life where plain simple dresses were a luxury.

She grew up and married John Ross. When she grew up, she, of course, became a seamstress too. She made the American flag after a visit from George Washington, Robert Morris, and her husband's uncle. She showed how to cut a perfect star with just a pair of scissors, that is, if the fabric is folded correctly. The story wasn't told until Betsy's grandson let it out.

She died on January 30th, 1836. She is remembered as a great, American, hero.

Here, she was sewing the flag. You can see in the next pic where she is showing it to, George Washington, that it had 13 stars, rather than 50. That was because they had just become independent and they only had the 13 colonies, or states, of America.

Showing it to Mr. President. =D

I took a picture of the "Betsy Flag" in our living room hanging over our fireplace. My mom just said that the "Betsy Flag" is one of her favorite things in our house. Here it is:

Joy =D


wrcdgc said...

Joy when I was your age I also did a report on Betsy Ross. I had a partner and we drew a picture of her with the help of an over head projector. My Nanny was so patriotic she kept that poster until she died. I was asked did I want it but to be honest after all those years it wasn't in the best of shape. So I tossed it but I will always have that memory when ever I hear or see somthing related to Betsy Ross. Thank for starting my day with a great report and a happy memory.


Karen said...

Hi, Joy,
I enjoyed your report on Betsy Ross. She has always been one of my favorites. She did a good job, didn't she? :-)

This Country Girl said...

Great job, Joy. I've always liked Betsy Ross and thought what a great thing she did! I love our Betsy Ross flag!


green gables girl said...

Hey, Joy!
Great report!
I learning about Betsy Ross maybe 3 or 2 years ago. I guess I need to review her!
Also, I either don't remember learning or never learned it, but I don't remember her meeting George Washington! :)
By the way, Great pictures!

And you are so welcome for the comments!
Love, Allyson

basketsnprims said...

What a wonderful report on Betsy Ross. She was quite a woman.

Zaroga said...

A great report, Joy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks you really helped me with my report.

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Anonymous said...

Good job .
you helped me alot on my report :)

Anonymous said...

I am doing a report on Betsy Ross too. Thanks for the idea.

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