Flag of Wisconsin
|Use||Civil and state flag|
|Adopted||May 1, 1981|
|Design||Blue flag charged with the Wisconsin state seal.|
The flag of the State of Wisconsin is a blue flag charged with the state coat of arms. Originally designed in 1863 when regiments from Wisconsin wanted a flag for battlefield use, it wasn't until 1913 that state statutes specified the design of the state flag.
In order to distinguish it from the many other blue U.S. state flags, Wisconsin's flag was modified in 1979 to add "Wisconsin" and "1848", the year Wisconsin was admitted to the Union. All Wisconsin state flags manufactured after May 1, 1981 were required to use this design.
In 2001, a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) ranked Wisconsin's flag among the bottom ten flags in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state and U.S. territory flags, placing it 65th out of the 72. The NAVA stated that about half of U.S. states used blue fields making them difficult to distinguish and the survey ranked flags with words and complex seals the lowest. The NAVA survey "favored strong, simple, distinctive flags" and ranked "seal-on-a-bedsheet" type flags the lowest.
- State of Wisconsin. 286. "Section: 1.08: State flag". Laws of 1979. "The department of administration shall ensure that all official state flags that are manufactured on or after May 1, 1981 conform to the requirements of this section. State flags manufactured before May 1, 1981 may continue to be used as state flags."
- State of Wisconsin Blue Book 2007-2008, p. 963.
- Environmental Education for Kids! - Wisconsin's State Flag
- Kay, Ted (2001). "New Mexico Tops State/Provincial Flags Survey; Georgia Loses by Wide Margin". NAVA News 34 (2): 4–5. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Lowering the Flag of Wisconsin. The Capital Times (Madison, WI). June 21, 2001.