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Coordinates: 42°22′26″N 71°3′19″W / 42.37389°N 71.05528°W / 42.37389; -71.05528

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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."[1]

The nonprofit, privately run museum is located at the former Charlestown Navy Yard, near the US Navy's USS Constitution. The museum is housed in a restored shipyard building at the foot of Pier 2. The Navy Yard is located at the end of Boston's Freedom Trail, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and is part of the Boston National Historical Park.

USS Constitution Awards Program[]

The Board of Directors of the Museum makes three major awards annually:

The Samuel Eliot Morison Award[]

Disambiguation: See also the Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature, awarded by the Naval Order of the United States The Samuel Eliot Morison Award is the highest recognition by the Board of a Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum Foundation of a person whose public service has enhanced the image of USS Constitution and who reflects the best of Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison: artful scholarship, patriotic pride, and eclectic interest in the sea and things maritime, and a desire to preserve the best of our past for future generations.

  • 1997 John A. Roach
  • 1998 Anne Grimes Rand
  • 1999 Michael C. Beck
  • 2001 Harold D. Langley
  • 2002 Patrick O'Brian (posthumously)
  • 2004 Walter Cronkite
  • 2005 Nathaniel Philbrick
  • 2006 Ira Dye (posthumously)
  • 2007 David McCullough
  • 2008 Charles E. Brodine, Jr.; Michael J. Crawford; and Christine F. Hughes.
  • 2009 John B. Hattendorf
  • 2010 William H. White
  • 2011 Bernard Bailyn
  • 2012 David Curtis Skaggs, Jr.
  • 2013 Donald R. Hickey

The Charles Francis Adams Award[]

To honor museum founder Charles Francis Adams IV and his lifelong support of the community through his commitment and loyalty to those institutions and ideas which affect the quality of life of all citizens, and to recognize others who have followed his extarordinary example, the award is made annually to a person or a team of people who have given of themselves for the betterment of the community, and through whose good works profound positive change for the citizens of the community has occurred.

  • 1991 Jason A. Aisner (posthumously)
  • 1992 Caleb Loring, Jr.
  • 1993 John Joseph Moakley
  • 1994 Mrs. George L (Hessie) Sargent
  • 1995 J. Welles Henderson
  • 1997 Harvey Chet Krentzman
  • 1998 John J. Schiff (posthumously)
  • 1999 Claire Bloom
  • 2001 Edward M. Kennedy
  • 2002 Vivien Li
  • 2004 Gordon Abbott, Jr.
  • 2005 Gordon R. England
  • 2006 Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.
  • 2007 James (Lou) Gorman
  • 2008 Kevin C. Phelan
  • 2009 Thomas M. Menino
  • 2010 John P. Hamill
  • 2011 Robert M. Mahoney
  • 2012 Robert L. Reynolds
  • 2013 Peter H. Smyth

The Don Turner Award[]

To honor Don Turner, former head of the USS Constitution Maintenance and Repair Facility, for his singular contribution toward the preservation of "Old Ironsides" and the skills that built her, as well as his knowledge of and dedication to the ancient art of shipbuilding, and to recognize others who are similarly dedicated to maritime preservation and advances in ship construction and design, the Don Turner Award is made annually to a person or team of people, professional or amateur, who have contributed significantly to efforts to preserve important vessels or who have made significant contributions to our knowledge and understanding of ship design and construction.

  • 1991 Don Turner
  • 1992 Maynard Bray
  • 1993 Harvey Steinberg
  • 1994 Bill Kock
  • 1995 Charlie Deans
  • 1996 Patrick Otton
  • 1997 Robert J. Burbank and the Riggers of USS Constitution
  • 1998 Howard Chatterton
  • 2001 Dana Hewson
  • 2002 Robert Neyland
  • 2004 Olin Stephens
  • 2005 Dana Wegner
  • 2006 Walter Rybka
  • 2008 Quentin Snedeker
  • 2009 Don Birkholz, Jr.
  • 2010 Richard Whelan
  • 2011 Elizabeth Meyer

See also[]


  1. "About Us". USS Constitution Museum. Retrieved 2007-02-12. 

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