Hand made by women in Mr. Cook's employ. Mr. Cook, father of the donors, was a partner of Cook & McLain in Chicago. Mr. Cook hung flag out to celebrate Northern victories.
This thirty-four star flag was made in the early Civil War by seamstresses employed by Cook & McClain’s, a garment and dye works in Chicago, and hung from a window to celebrate Union victories. President Abraham Lincoln insisted that American flags made at the time include stars for all states, even those that had seceded.