MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana art historian has called for a new state flag after receiving a top research award.
The Missoulian reported Sunday that Hipolito Rafael Chacon announced the idea Thursday to redesign Montana's identity with a new state flag.
Officials say his research received an award last month from the International Congress of Vexillology, a worldwide association of flag researchers.
Officials say the design originated from just the seal because Montana troops needed a banner to carry in the Spanish-American War.
Officials say the state legislature added the name of the state in 1981.
Chacon says a public design competition could be the best way to select a new design.
Experts say former historians tried to change the design decades ago, but state officials laughed at the idea.
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Information from: Missoulian