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USS Constitution Museum, Inc.

AKA  USS Constitution Museum
Boston, MA
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USS Constitution Museum, Inc.
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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Fiscal Year Starting: April 01, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: March 31, 2014

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Ms. Anne Grimes Rand

Term:

Since Feb 2010

Profile:

Anne Grimes Rand is in her 26th 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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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 commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012-2015). Visit, Play, Learn.

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 obseving 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:
$10,000
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, interactive website 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 Educator Resources provide teachers with extensive and easily accessible tools for utilizing the A Sailor's Life for Me! website in the classroom. The over 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 reuest 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". 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 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. The Museum is looking for a 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 in its Bicentennial year. (2012-2015).The USS Constitution Museum provides innovative educational programming for nearly 25,000 students per year in preschool through high school using ""Old Ironsides"" as a unique teaching medium. The school programs are cross-disciplinary, incorporate 21st century skill development, and meet state and national curriculum standards. Teachers can choose from reserved staff -led programming, customized history spotlight programs, or self-guided exploration of our galleries for their students. There's a format available for every teacher's need. 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 sesson 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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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

2012 Accomplishments 1. The Museum released its first publication, Men of Iron: USS Constitution's War of 1812 Crew in August 2012. It was written by staff members, Matt Brenckle, Lauren McCormack and Sarah Watkins. Men of Iron received first place in the 2013 New England Museum Association (NEMA) publication and design competition in the book category. 2. The Museum also released the Old Ironsides Activity Book to provide families with the opportunity to engage in hands-on, intergenerational activities to learn about USS Constitution's diverse War of 1812 crew through their local libraries. The activity book is distributed free of charge to Massachusetts' public and school libraries. The Old Ironsides Activity Book received second place in the 2013 (NEMA) publication and design competition in the educational kits and resources category. 3. The award-winning online game and educational resource, A Sailor's Life for Me, continues to receive accolades, receiving a Parent's Choice Recommended Award in 2012. 4. The American Association for State and Local History selected the A Sailor's Life for Me project, website, educator resources and family activity book, for a 2013 national Award of Merit for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. 5. On June 16, 2012 the Museum opened the Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center, a combined exhibit and program gallery. The exhibit uses large scale graphics, hands on interactives and images and the stories of real people from the period to convey the script. Interpretive programming is designed for visitors of all ages to explore the causes and consequences of the War of 1812. Bicentennial Strategic Goals and Objectives (2012-2015) 1. Enhance the USS Constitution Museum Experience: Increase awareness of CONSTITUTION's national significance and foster greater understanding of the War of 1812 through engaging and memorable museum experiences for all ages. 2. Increase Educational Outreach Initiatives for the Bicentennial:Expand the reach, use and awareness of museum's offerings across the country to foster shared heritage and a renewed sense of pride in America's Ship of State. 3. Build a Strong Foundation: (1) Provide the facilities and resources necessary to maximize the opportunity the Bicentennial commemorations present. (2) Be recognized as an innovative and dynamic institution and be acknowledged as THE source for information about USS Constitution and her role in the War of 1812.
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