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Historic Sites

Throughout the weeklong workshop, Summer Scholars will spend time in the very sites where history was made. Travel to the sites will very often involve a substantial amount of walking, so please take this into consideration. The cost of admission to all sites is included in the workshop budget and will not come out of stipends. 

USS Constitution

USS Constitution, the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat, promotes the United States Navy and America's naval heritage. She gained her fame in the War of 1812 becoming 'Old Ironsides' and a national icon in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere. She is perhaps the War of 1812's best artifact (and is certainly its largest!). The workshop will visit the Ship multiple times during the week to understand how she contributed to the War's efforts and how she continues to inspire today's generations. 

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her. We strive to provide a hands-on, minds-on environment where intergenerational groups seeking an enjoyable, educational experience can have fun and learn as they explore history together. The Museum will serve as home-base throughout the week-long workshop. Its collections and archives will become a resource and galleries will become learning laboratories for all Summer Scholars.

 Faneuil Hall

Since 1742, Faneuil Hall has served as a public marketplace and meeting hall for the town of Boston. It is the site of numerous famous speeches over the years from such freedom seekers as Samuel Adams, Frederick Douglas, and Lucy Stone. Now run by Boston National Historical Park, it serves as the start of the Freedom Trail and street level market stalls still operate much as they would have in 1812. Summer Scholars will visit the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall to take part in a town meeting to debate the declaration of war in 1812.

African Meeting House

Built in 1806, the African Meeting House is the oldest black church building still standing in the United States. In addition to its purpose as a religious center, it served as a place of education, celebration, and political discourse. The building stands at the edge of what is now known as the North Slope of Beacon Hill. In 1812 this neighborhood was home to the large free black community of Boston, from which came several members of USS Constitution's 1812 crew. A tour of the Meeting House and parts of the surrounding neighborhood will illuminate the lives of these ordinary individuals who served in an extraordinary time. 

Harrison Gray Otis House 

The Harrison Gray Otis House is a property of Historic New England and was designed for H.G. Otis by famed American architect, Charles Bulfinch. It is an exemplary Federal period mansion, and one of the last surviving Federal-era structures in  Boston's West End neighborhood. Otis was a businessman, lawyer, and politician and was one of Boston's wealthiest residents in the War of 1812. A member of the state legislature in 1812, he staunchly opposed the War. The home will serve as a demonstration of what life was like for one segment of the population in 1812 and as a stark contrast to the visit to the African Meeting House earlier that day.

Peabody Essex Museum

Tracing its origins to 1799 and the founding of the East India Marine Society, the Peabody Essex Museum is located in Salem, MA and serves as one of the region's premier art museums whose mission is to "celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity." Salem is the home of America's first global entrepreneurs and the town was a center of commerce for the young nation. Much of Salem's material culture and art from the early nineteenth century still exists and can be viewed at the Peabody Essex Museum. Summer Scholars will discuss art and artifacts from the period and learn several techniques to use in looking closely at art with students.

 Fame of Salem

The Fame of Salem is a replica of a schooner that served as a privateering vessel in the War of 1812. The original Fame made over 20 captures during the War which brought profit to her subscribers. The replica vessel was launched in 2003 and is made of white oak in the traditional style of ship building popular in 1812. Summer Scholars are invited aboard for a sail on the waters of Salem Sound. While aboard they will learn about the privateers of 1812 from Capt. Michael Rutstein who has published a number of books on privateering and the story of Fame. 

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Spread over nine acres of Salem, MA the Salem Maritime National Historic Site is run and operated by the National Park Service. Its goal is to inform the public of Salem's rich maritime heritage and its importance as an international place of commerce for our young nation in the nineteenth century. Within the park are many historic buildings, homes,and wharves and one replica tall ship, Friendship, a Salem East Indiaman that was ultimately captured by a British vessel in the War of 1812.



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