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At the USS Constitution Museum you don’t just learn about history you experience it!  Join us in participating in one or more of our many events. Questions?  Call 617.426.1812

April 2014

Boston Strong
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Over a thousand men and women responded to the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. Show your support for their dedication and service by writing a thank you letter at the USS Constitution Museum throughout the month of April. The Museum will distribute the letters to local area police and medical personnel. The Museum will also be featuring a panel describing the impact of the bombings on USS Constitution and her captain who was at mile 20 when news broke of the attack at the finish line. This project is a part of the #bostonbetter initiative. 


April 6

Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing
2:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

The Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing is a monthly gathering of people who enjoy a passion for maritime history and folklore as manifested in song. The history of battles, the mystery and science of weather, the geography, topography and landmarks that lead to a destination and the psychology and romance of family and patriotism that spurs a sailor out to sea, all contained in the imaginative and often spontaneous lyrics, would strengthen the resolve of the reticent, enlarge the heart and moisten the eye. That is the legacy of the Sea Chantey.

Family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate or just sit and enjoy the music.

 

 
 


April 19 - April 27

Join a Seafaring Crew! - April School Vacation Week
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

USS Constitution’s War of 1812 crew is looking for new recruits; could it be you? Find out whether or not you have what it takes to be a sailor at the USS Constitution Museum during April School Vacation Week. Families will be “recruited” into the 1812 Navy and then prepare to leave home by signing their seaman’s protection certificate with a quill pen and packing their miniature sea bag. Once you join, don’t forget to explore the daily life of a sailor in our “All Hands On Deck” exhibit where you can furl a sail, scrub the floors, and swing in a hammock.

 


May 1

Axe Men - Members' Appreciation Reception
6:00 PM

Members are our greatest ambassadors to our community, providing invaluable support through their participation in our efforts. In appreciation of our members the Museum is hosting a “members only” reception not to be missed! Event is by invitation only for USS Constitution Museum members and their guests. RSVP required.

Last year the Museum received a grant from Mass Humanities to produce a short film about one of the most remarkable tools in our collection - the Sibley axe. In 1928, a man named Reuben Sibley donated a shipbuilder's axe to the growing collection of artifacts displayed on board Constitution. According to the family story, his great grandfather Jacob Sibley used this axe in the 1790s to shape timber for USS Constitution. This makes it one of the only two tools known to exist that were used to build our beloved frigate.

Join us on May 1 for a special screening of the new film, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and historians. Blacksmiths from Resurrection Iron Works in Millbury, MA will share stories about reproducing the 18th century axe using historic techniques. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available following the presentation.  Not a member? Enlist today and join us on May 1st!

 


May 18

Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing
2:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

The Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing is a monthly gathering of people who enjoy a passion for maritime history and folklore as manifested in song. The history of battles, the mystery and science of weather, the geography, topography and landmarks that lead to a destination and the psychology and romance of family and patriotism that spurs a sailor out to sea, all contained in the imaginative and often spontaneous lyrics, would strengthen the resolve of the reticent, enlarge the heart and moisten the eye. That is the legacy of the Sea Chantey.

Family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate or just sit and enjoy the music.

 

 

 


May 24 - May 26

Remembering Our Heroes - Memorial Day Weekend
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Steer your course for the USS Constitution Museum and honor the men and women who served in our nation's military. Learn how to march like an 1812 Marine, fire a salute with miniature home-made cannons, and deliver toasts to those who have served. Other patriotic themed crafts and activities will be offered throughout the weekend.


 

 


May 29

Meet Mr. Chew: The Purser's Party & Collections Open House
6:00-8:00 PM

The Museum’s collection opens a window into how men and women lived, worked, and celebrated life both on board USS Constitution and on shore. Join us for the USS Constitution Museum’s Meet Mr. Chew: Purser’s Party & Collections Open House on Thursday, May 29, 2014 as we unveil a recently acquired early 19th-century portrait of Thomas J. Chew.

This annual event brings together nearly two hundred guests for an evening on Boston’s Waterfront to kick-off the summer season. Enjoy sea-worthy libations from Privateer Rum and meet the man everyone is talking about - Mr. Chew.

Thomas J. Chew served Constitution’s 1812 crew as purser; he bought their food, sold them clothing, and paid their wages. Explore Chew’s extraordinary life through our collections and recognize that his story is our story. Thomas Chew connects us to those who charted the course for this great nation.

Your participation in this event directly supports our efforts to acquire, preserve and share important objects from Constitution’s past with visitors today.

The USS Constitution Museum would like to thank our Leading Sponsor for the event

Click here to purchase tickets through the Museum website
Tickets cost $30 Members/$35 Non-members - Sponsorships available
Not a member? Join today!

 


June 22

Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing
2:00 pm  - 5:00 pm

The Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing is a monthly gathering of people who enjoy a passion for maritime history and folklore as manifested in song. The history of battles, the mystery and science of weather, the geography, topography and landmarks that lead to a destination and the psychology and romance of family and patriotism that spurs a sailor out to sea, all contained in the imaginative and often spontaneous lyrics, would strengthen the resolve of the reticent, enlarge the heart and moisten the eye. That is the legacy of the Sea Chantey.

Family friendly and open to anyone who would like to participate or just sit and enjoy the music.

 

 

 


June 30 - July 6

Huzzah for Constitution!
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Citizens of Boston and the nation celebrated USS Constitution’s officers and crew after each successful War of 1812 battle. Come join the festivities at the USS Constitution Museum throughout the week of June 30th and partake in daily hands-on programming. All events will lead up to Constitution’s annual turnaround cruise on July 4th.
 

 

 


July 11

Bicentennial Lowell Lecture Series
" 'America's Treasure': The Bibliography of America's Most Famous Ship: the USS Constitution" by Harold Youmans
12:00 Noon

Americans have been writing amazingly of the Super Frigate, USS Constitution for more than 200 years. Now for the first time, a full annotated bibliography of the famous ship is available. This compilation examines more than 3600 references, 500 national and international academic sources, non-fiction, fiction, juvenile literature, and even newspapers, in preparing as complete research reference as possible.