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USS Constitution Museum, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/17/2014: USS Constitution Museum, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM INC

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AKA  USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA
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USS Constitution Museum, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 09/17/2014: USS Constitution Museum, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM INC

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Also Known As: USS Constitution Museum
Physical Address: Boston, MA 02129 0215
EIN: 04-2505888
Web URL: www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A50 Museum & Museum Activities
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A54 History Museums
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
Ruling Year: 1973 


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Mission Statement

The USS Constitution 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 seek to create positive, memorable experiences for both children and adults through scholarship and innovation as we share CONSTITUTION's contributions with a global audience.

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Ms. Anne Grimes Rand

Term:

Since Feb 2010

Profile:

Anne Grimes Rand is in her 27th year of working at the Museum. She has served as Curator, Deputy Director and Executive Vice President. She was selected and approved by the board as President in February 2010.

Leadership Statement:

"Who you are today is rooted in your past. Whether you embrace it or build upon it, or choose to chart a different course - your past is fundamental to you future. The same is true for a nation and what few realize today is that much of our country's common identity was born out of the War of 1812. "Old Ironsides" and the Star Spangled Banner are two tremendous national icons that embody the American spirit. It was during the War of 1812 that CONSTITUTION's victories helped make us a country to be recognized, reckoned with and respected. CONSTITUTION emerged undefeated, and the lessons she embodies still resonate today. It was the ordinary individuals working together on the decks of "Old Ironsides" who achieved extraordinary things. History at the USS Constitution Museum is a memorable experience where visitors step into the shoes of sailors and realize that we are the same as our historic counterparts just separated by time. - Anne Grimes Rand, President

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Programs

Program: Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$300,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The War of 1812 is both a defining moment in American history and the period of the Ship's greatest glory, when she won her most significant battles, earned her nickname Old Ironsides,and became a national symbol. On June 16, 2012 the USS Constitution Museum opened the hands-on, minds-on Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center. The Discovery Center engages ALL ages in conversation and exploration of USS CONSTITUTION and the War of 1812. The first person text, interactive elements, imagery, and family friendly programs all convey the theme, One Ship, One Crew, One Nation. The flexible program space provides for history spotlight presentations, interpretive programs, and family fun days. The Discovery Center serves as a learning lab for school programs for preschool through high school students. The Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center is the centerpiece for the Museum's commemoration the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012-2015). Visit, Play, Learn.pasting

Program Long-Term Success:

Participants of the Discovery Center exhibit and programs will: Feel a personal connection to people of the past, members of their group, or a program facilitator.See the Museum as a destination for learning and engagement. Have an engaging and informative experience.

Program Short-Term Success:

Learn something new about USS CONSTITUTION, her crew, or the nation in the War of 1812.Learn about African American representation on board CONSTITUTION.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Museum will measure the long-term impact of the project with 100 family groups through exit interviews and observing tracking and timing in and through the gallery.

Program Success Examples:

25% Increase in reservations for educational programs. 50% Increase in median average visit time for family/group visitors. (From 20 min. to 30 min.)

Program: A Sailor's Life for Me! (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$5,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Other Named Groups
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Museum's engaging, online game A Sailor's Life for Me! [www.asailorslifeforme.org] invites intergenerational visitors to meet the men who lived and worked on board USS Constitution during the War of 1812. Visitors can join the crew, live the life of a sailor in 1812 and explore how 450 men lived and worked together in a small floating city. A Sailor's Life has games, family activities, and plenty of information for the curious or serious historian. The K-12 Educator Resources provide teachers with extensive and easily accessible tools for utilizing the A Sailor's Life for Me! website in the classroom. More than two-hundred lesson plans; activities; and downloadable worksheets, journals, primary source documents, and artifact images complement and enhance the other portals of the website: ""Sail to Victory,"" ""Explore 'Old Ironsides,'"" and ""Meet Your Shipmates.""

Program Long-Term Success:

1 Virtual visitors to ""A Sailor's life for Me?"" will have a greater understanding of who served on board CONSTITUTION in 1812.Measurable Outcome:30% of users will be able to name two crewmembers that served on board CONSTITUTION in the promotion game. 2. Visitors to the website will have an increased awareness of African American representation on board CONSTITUTION. Measurable Outcome:50% of users will be able to accurately identify the portion of the crew that was African American in the promotion game. 3. Families who may never visit Boston will have an engaging and informative virtual experience with the Ship and her 1812 crew. Measurable Outcome:We will track how many times family activities are down-loaded, how long people use the site and how many play at least one game through Google analytics.

Program Short-Term Success:

89% of users come from the US. Primary users are between 9am-3pm indicating students are logging on. 54% of those completing level 1 of the game are under 14 70% of those who spend more than 5 minutes exploring the ship are over 20

Program Success Monitored by:

Google analytics provides us with tracking data on usage of site. The educator resources section when completed will include a request for teacher feedback either by survey or email indicating usage and results.

Program Success Examples:

A Sailor's Life for Me! was selected by the American Association of Museums for a bronze MUSE award for "excellence in use of media and technology". The A Sailor's Life for Me project received a "leadership in history" Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History in 2013. Primary use of the site is between 9am-3pm weekdays indicating that students and educators are aware of and using the sites resources.

Program: "Old Ironsides" Activity Book (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$100,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

The Old Ironsides Activity Book provides families with the opportunity to engage in hands-on, intergenerational activities to learn about USS Constitution's diverse War of 1812 crew. The book is available through their local libraries.With the rich illustrations of renowned artist Stephen Biesty and lively text of award-winning author Richard Platt, the stories of Constitution's 1812 crew come to life in this 128-page hardcover book through 23 hands-on activities, 12 interactive games, 15 online challenges, and 21 photographs of real museum artifacts. More than 600 books have been distributed in Massachusetts. The Museum is looking for an indivdual, corporate or foundation sponsor to distribute the free book to libraries and USO centers on a national scale.

Program Long-Term Success:

People/families who may not otherwise be able to visit USS CONSTITUTION in person are able to learn about the Ship, her crew and her role in the War of 1812. A copy of the family activity kit is available in every state in the US.

Program Short-Term Success:

500 libraries in Massachusetts receive an initial family activity book. The book is requested/used and reviewed by 100 families in the first year of availabilty. Families report learning one new fact about CONSTITUTION, her crew or the War of 1812 from using the kit.

Program Success Monitored by:

Library withdrawal information reported by librarians to USS Constitution Museum. 200 families check out book from library. Email responses to Museum as a result of families using the book. 50 families respond to email survey request.

Program Success Examples:

Number of visits to A Sailor's Life for Me website increases by 2.5% Visitors to museum report using the family activity pre-visit.

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Budget:
$350,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

USS Constitution is the perfect lens to view the War of 1812 during its Bicentennial years. (2012-2015).The Museum provides innovative educational programming for nearly 25,000 students per year in using ""Old Ironsides"" as a unique teaching medium. The programs are cross-disciplinary, incorporate 21st century skill development, and meet state and national curriculum standards. Teachers can choose a reserved facilitated program, customized history program, or self-guided exploration of our galleries to meet their students' needs. School programs engage students in a variety of methods from scientific theory to creative writing and public speaking to critical thinking about our nation's past. Our interactive galleries and trained educators provide exciting learning adventures for students of all ages. As one 5th grade teacher commented: ""When students see what I've been talking about in the classroom in real life - it's like the light bulb in their head turns on!""

Program Long-Term Success:

Students develop research skills, improve basic writing and speaking skills and increase their analytical capacity to find and evaluate sources of information, and the means to identify and evaluate diverse interpretations. Students can apply these skills directly to many career opportunities

Program Short-Term Success:

1. 90% of participants gain increased understanding and are able to recount one new fact about the Ship, the crew, or the nation in 1812. 2. 90% of Teachers report the program they participated in reinforces students' learning from other disciplines. 3. 100% of lesson plans of programs align with Massachusetts State Standards in more than one discipline and each program utilizes at least one 21st century skill.

Program Success Monitored by:

Student feedback. Teacher surveys and evaluation. Thank you letters from students/teachers after program.

Program Success Examples:

""This is exactly the type of learning that turns them on, getting them involved in the real debate with the real historic documents and seeing them understand it for themselves makes history ACTUALLY come alive"" - 10th grade history teacher ""What I love about this is that they understand that these skills that I'm talking about all day long really apply in the real world - science is everywhere!"" - 5th grade teacher ""I saw how people on the ship lived. I even saw what they wore. It must have been a really hard life, I realize that now."" - 5th grade student ""That was way more fun than I thought it was going to be at the museum."" - 3rd grade student
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Accomplishments 1. Successful completion of the Bicentennial Fundraising Initiative to prepare for and commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012-2015). Raised $5 million dollars to support facility improvements, new exhibits, two publications, an online game and teacher resources, free public and school programs, and special events. 2. Successfully met the match requirements for two endowment challenge grants adding more than $1 million dollars to the endowment. 3. The Museum received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, for a three-year project called Engage Families to identify characteristics of family programming that result in active engagement, enjoyment, and family learning in museums and libraries. 2014 Goals & Objectives Investing in the Museum's Future: Create a welcoming environment that serves guests, preserves artifacts, and provides staff and volunteers with an efficient work environment. 1) Create a new introductory experience for visitor orientation that better meets their physical needs. 2) Re-evaluate and prioritize best use of the theater Serving as the Educational Voice of ""Old Ironsides: Support students & teachers by presenting sound scholarship through innovative techniques & many learning styles to enhance appreciation of USS Constitution. 1) Seek funding to underwrite school programs and/or transportation to the Museum 2) Seek sponsorship for youth group visits and to support military groups/families. Enhance the Museum Experience: Increase awareness of Constitution's innovative design, construction & preservation through engaging and memorable hands-on experiences. 1) Complete Year 1 of Engage Families testing and evaluation of public programs to identify effective techniques to reach all ages. Collect and analyze data. 2) Provide opportunities for visitors to experiment with STEM concepts
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