Adopted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1909, the
New Hampshire state flag displays the State Seal of New Hampshire on a blue field
surrounded by laurel leaves and nine stars representing New Hampshire as the ninth state
to join the Union. The New Hampshire state flag has only been changed once since its
adoption in 1909. This change was not to the design of the state flag itself, but to the
State Seal centered on the flag. In 1931, the New Hampshire State Legislature passed
recommendations to more precisely describe the State Seal at the prompting of the New
Hampshire Historical Society.