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Bicentennial of the War of 1812

Join the Museum from 2012 to 2015 in commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and a historic 200 years of peace between the United States, Great Britain, and Canada.  It was during this important period that USS Constitution earned her greatest fame and her nickname "Old Ironsides" and Americans came together as a unified nation.

June 16, 2012 - The Museum opened the Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center.  The NEW interactive exhibit is a community space where all ages can learn about the causes and consequences of the War of 1812.   To honor the occasion, Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart served as Master of Ceremonies for a spectacular, patriotic flag event prior to the ribbon cutting.  Three 90 x 45 foot flags representing the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada were stretched across the Navy Yard From the USS Constitution Museum and towards Old Ironsides.

July 1-4, 2012 - During Harborfest the Museum welcomed over 28,000 visitors in just one week to share in the history and stories of "America's Ship of State."  On July 1, the Museum held a commemoration of the Bicentennial onboard USCG Cutter Eagle and the next day the Museum honored the crew of USS Constitution and scholar, Pater Stanford at a gala on the Commandant's House lawn in the Charlestown Navy Yard.  On July 4th Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus joined the Museum and other Navy leadership for breakfast at the Museum and by the afternoon our nation's attention focused on Boston as USS Constitution went underway for her annual salute to the country. The US Navy Blue Angels flew overhead and Boston harbor was filled with international naval vessels and crews from all over the world. 

August 18, 2012 -  The United States Postal Service unveiled a War of 1812 - USS Constitution Forever® stamp in the Charlestown Navy Yard.  For the design of the stamp, the Postal Service selected the oldest known painting of the famed ship by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803.  The painting on exhibit at the Museum is on permanent loan from the Navy Art collection, Naval History & Heritage Command.

 August 19, 2012 - Under the command of CDR Matthew Bonner and his crew, USS Constitution sailed under her own power for the first time since 1997.   The crowning moment of the summer and a great moment in the ship's history. 

The commmemorations are not yet over!  from 2012-2015 the Museum has several events, lectures and family activities for all.  Visit the Museum's events page to learn more! 

Click here to learn more about the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. Also the Museum resource page and visit the Navy Office of Commemorations for a national look at the Bicentennial.




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Learn more about planned events and activities at the Museum and in Boston

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Check out some of these great online resources about the Bicentennial

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Meet some of USS Constitution's War of 1812 crewmembers

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Learn about some of the ways you can support the Bicentennial commemorations at the Museum

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