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Bicentennial Events

Commemorative War of 1812 events have already begun around the nation, including Boston, the home port of victorious 1812 US Navy warship, USS Constitution. It was during this war that our young nation fought to preserve its independence and when USS Constitution earned her famous nickname, “Old Ironsides.” To recognize two hundred years of peace between the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom,  join us to explore all that the Navy Yard has to offer this year!



November 8

USS Constitution Museum Photo

LT William S. Bush Memorial Breakfast
8:00 AM
USS Constitution Museum

Join us for our annual breakfast named in memory of LT William S. Bush, the first US Marine Corps officer to die in combat on USS Constitution. This annual breakfast recognizes the sacrifices made by Marines past, present, and future. This year’s guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. William D. Catto, USMC (Ret.). General Catto has served as the Commanding General, Marine Corps War-fighting Laboratory, the Vice Chief of Naval Research, Office of Naval Research, the Commanding General, Marine Corps Systems Command, and the Chief of Staff, US European Command. The breakfast begins with morning colors on the pier beside Constitution followed by the breakfast at the USS Constitution Museum.

Click here to purchase a ticket or learn more about sponsorship opportunities.  if you have questions, please call (617) 426-1812 ext. 167 or email rsvp@ussconstitutionmuseum.org.



November 20

Lowell Bicentennial Lecture Series

"The Navy Fights the War of 1812: Documents from a Sailor's Collection”
6:00 PM
USS Constitution Museum

Using examples from his new book, In their Own Words, Vice Admiral George W. Emery, USN (Ret.) will capture the myriad of emotions spurred by the War of 1812: patriotic fervor, anxiety, the immediacy of the moment, the joy of peace, and more. Whether encouraging peers, issuing orders to subordinates, lamenting a hero’s death or reporting a glorious frigate action, these emotions spring from the stirring contemporary letters, newspapers, and broadsides of the War of 1812 in Admiral's Emery's collection.  Reception to Follow.

Sponsored in part by The Lowell Institute