The USS Constitution Museum
"serves as the memory and educational voice of , by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her."
The privately-run museum
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is located at the former Charlestown Navy Yard, near the US Navy's USS Constitution
. The museum is housed in a restored shipyard
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building at the foot of Pier 2. The Navy Yard is located at the end of Boston
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's Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail is a red path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that leads to 16 significant historic sites. It is a 2.5-mile walk from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Simple ground markers explaining events, graveyards, notable churches and other buildings, and a...
, in Charlestown, Massachusetts
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, and is part of the Boston National Historical Park
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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
Disambiguation: For the Samuel Eliot Morison Award of the USS Constitution Museum, see USS Constitution Museum.The Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature was established by the New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States in 1976....
, 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
Samuel Eliot Morison, Rear Admiral, United States Naval Reserve was an American historian noted for his works of maritime history that were both authoritative and highly readable. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912, and taught history at the university for 40 years...
: 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.
- 1977 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. was a Republican United States Senator from Massachusetts and a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, South Vietnam, West Germany, and the Holy See . He was the Republican nominee for Vice President in the 1960 Presidential election.-Early life:Lodge was born in Nahant,...
- 1978 John W. McCormack
- 1979 Leverett Saltonstall
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- 1980 Arleigh Burke
Admiral Arleigh Albert '31-knot' Burke was an admiral of the United States Navy who distinguished himself during World War II and the Korean War, and who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations.-Early life and naval career:Burke was born in Boulder,...
- 1981 Joseph C. Wylie
- 1982 Richard A. Rumble
- 1983 John D. H. Kane
- 1984 Grace Hopper
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- 1985 Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr.
- 1986 Dodge Morgan
Dodge David Morgan was an American sailor, businessman, publisher and "self-proclaimed contrarian." He flew fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s, worked as a newspaper reporter in Alaska, and became a millionaire by operating a company that manufactured radar detectors from 1971...
- 1987 Edward L. Beach, Jr.
Edward Latimer Beach, Jr. was a highly-decorated United States Navy submarine officer and best-selling author....
- 1988 Joseph Z. Brown
- 1989 Tyrone G. Martin
Tyrone Gabriel Martin is a retired United States Navy Commander, and a naval historian, most notable as an authority on the USS Constitution , of which he was the 58th Commanding Officer. Martin was born in Greenwich, Connecticut 5 June 1930 and commissioned an officer through the NROTC in 1952...
- 1990 William M. Fowler, Jr.
- 1991 W. Davis Taylor
- 1992 William S. Dudley
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- 1993 Christopher McKee
Christopher McKee is an American naval historian, librarian, and educator.-Early life and education:Mckee graduated from the University of St...
- 1994 Benjamin W. Labaree
- 1995 Leon F. Kaufman
- 1996 Dean C. Allard
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- 1997 John A. Roach
- 1998 Anne Grimes Rand
- 1999 Michael C. Beck
- 2001 Harold D. Langley
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- 2002 Patrick O'Brian
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- 2004 Walter Cronkite
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- 2005 Nathaniel Philbrick
Nathaniel Philbrick is an American author and a winner of the National Book Award for his 2000 work of maritime history In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. He is member of the Philbrick literary family.-Life:...
- 2006 Ira Dye (posthumously)
- 2007 David McCullough
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- 2008 Charles E. Brodine, Jr.; Michael J. Crawford; and Christine F. Hughes.
- 2009 John B. Hattendorf
- 2010 William H. White
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- 2011 Bernard Bailyn
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The Charles Francis Adams Award
To honor museum founder Charles Francis Adams IV
Charles Francis Adams IV was a U.S. electronics industrialist. He served as the first president of the Raytheon Company between 1948 and 1960, and again from 1962 to 1964. He served as its chairman between 1960 and 1962, and again from 1964 until 1972...
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
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- 2001 Edward M. Kennedy
- 2002 Vivien Li
- 2004 Gordon Abbott, Jr.
- 2005 Gordon R. England
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- 2006 Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.
Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr. is a retired officer of the United States Navy and a former naval aviator. Hudner rose to the rank of Captain and received the Medal of Honor for his actions in trying to save the life of his wingman, Ensign Jesse L...
- 2007 James (Lou) Gorman
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- 2008 Kevin C. Phelan
- 2009 Thomas M. Menino
- 2010 John P. Hamill
- 2011 Robert M. Mahoney
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
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- 1998 Howard Chatterton
- 2001 Dana Hewson
- 2002 Robert Neyland
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- 2004 Olin Stephens
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- 2005 Dana Wegner
- 2006 Walter Rybka
- 2008 Quentin Snedeker
- 2009 Don Birkholz, Jr.
- 2010 Richard Whelan
- 2011 Elizabeth Meyer
Elizabeth E Meyer, was born in Baltimore in 1953. She was instrumental in the restoration of the J Class Yachts beginning with Endeavour in the mid 1980s. She is married to Michael McCaffrey.-Life:...