Arts, Culture, and Humanities

USS Constitution Museum, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center
  2. A Sailor's Life for Me!
  3. "Old Ironsides" Activity Book
  4. School Programs
  5. Forest to Frigate

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

Charletown, MA 02129 Boston, MA Massachusetts National

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ruling year

1973

Principal Officer since 2010

Ms. Anne Grimes Rand

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Keywords

USS CONSTITUTION & Museum, "Old Ironsides" , Constitution Museum, All Hands on Deck, A Sailor's Life for Me!

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EIN

04-2505888

Also Known As

USS Constitution Museum

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Accomplishments 1. Museum welcomed a record setting 437,597 visitors through our doors in 2015.2. To interpret CONSTITUTION's restoration the Museum created a restoration blog and mounted a camera overlooking the dry dock. Visitors can access the blog and ConstitutionCamera 24/7 through our new website www.usscm.org/restoration. Camera pictures update every 20 minutes. 3. In April 2016, the Museum opened its newest exhibit, Forest to Frigate. Forest to Frigate interprets the Ship's construction through the point of view of the people who designed, built, and outfitted her in the 1790's. 2016 Goals & Objectives1. 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. a) Re-evaluate and prioritize best use of the theater b) Enhance collaborative interpretation of CONSTITUTION's restoration with Navy Yard partners 2. 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. a) Collaborate with National Park Service to provide free school programs for Boston Public Schools at the Museum b) Seek sponsorship for youth group visits and to support military groups/families. 3. Enhance the Museum Experience: Increase awareness of Constitution's innovative design, construction & preservation through engaging and memorable hands-on experiences. a) Open Forest to Frigate exhibit and pilot complementary programs. B) Collect and analyze data. c) Provide opportunities for visitors to experiment with STEM concepts

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$300,000.00

Population Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

A Sailor's Life for Me!

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.""

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$5,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

"Old Ironsides" Activity Book

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.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$100,000.00

Population Served

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Program 4

School Programs

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 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!""

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$350,000.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 5

Forest to Frigate

Forest to Frigate interprets CONSTITUTION's construction from the point of view of the people who designed, built, launched, and outfitted the Ship. The Museum's approach to exhibits is to tell the story through the people who were there and to engage visitors' hands and hearts as well as their heads. The Ship's construction and restoration make the perfect lens through which to explore key STEM principles within a historic context, exciting students and adults alike. Visitors experiment with the innovative techniques and design features that allowed CONSTITUTION to remain undefeated. They test the properties of different woods to learn how live oak gave ""Old Ironsides"" superior strength. Visitors can design their own virtual warship and test it against others in battle. Forest to Frigate takes visitors on a voyage of discovery, inspiring a greater understanding of the sheer ingenuity and human willpower that launched a legend.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Budget

$50,000.00

Population Served

Other Named Groups

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

service areas

National

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Areas Served Narrative

Charletown, MA 02129 Boston, MA Massachusetts National

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Funding Needs

In 2015, USS Constitution entered the dry dock for the first time in twenty years. The restoration offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the remarkable structure of ""Old Ironsides"" and the great sense of pride that went into building a wooden ship as strong as iron! Individual, corporate and foundation support needed to successfully complete projects. Contact the Museum for information on available sponsorship and naming opportunities. Theater Renovation - Estimated budget: $950,000 - Raised $417,000 as of 4-30-2016. In today's tech savvy, social media driven society, the theater is a black and white TV. We envision transforming the theater in to a dynamic education center for students of all ages. Upgrades include: 1) new sound, projection, and lighting systems, 2) improved climate control 3) expanded space for program, exhibit, and function use. 4) classroom space for enhanced school program Conservation funds for collections artifacts - Estimated budget $25,000. The Museum would like to create a fund for ensuring the safe and secure preservation of artifacts in its collections.

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums - Member

American Association for State and Local History

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

New England Museums Association (NEMA)

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation

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USS CONSTITUTION MUSEUM INC
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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USS Constitution Museum, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Anne Grimes Rand

BIO

Anne Grimes Rand is in her 28th 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.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""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"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Paul E. George

George E. George, Kellogg & George

Term: Sept 2014 - Sept 2017

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