Note: This article has been amended to reflect the proper size of the flag in feet. The previous version had the incorrect size.
A 24-by-14-foot historic flag from the battleship U.S.S. Brooklyn will be the centerpiece of the Adams Historical Society's exhibit of Civil War memorabilia on display in Memorial Hall of the Adams Free Library from July 27 through Aug. 10.
In conjunction with the exhibit, a group reading of the Gettysburg Address and "The Star Spangled Banner" will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31.
The flag belonged to John Welch, a sailor on board the Brooklyn and a charter member of Grand Army of the Republic Post 126, the town's Civil War veterans' association. Additional G.A.R. memorabilia and items from the Historical Society's collection will also be on display.
The Brooklyn flag exhibit may be viewed from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and during the library's summer hours of operation. The second-floor Memorial Hall is handicap accessible from the Melrose Street entrance.
In addition, the East Hoosac Quaker Meeting House in Maple Street Cemetery is open to the public from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays from July through Oct. 12.