34th Annual USS CONSTITUTION Model Shipwright Guild Exhibit
Hosted by the USS Constitution Museum – Sponsored by the Boston Marine Society
“Honey, I Shrunk the Ships!”
BOSTON— Members of the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild display the finest of their craft at the USS Constitution Museum this winter in a War of 1812 themed exhibition. Commemorating 200 years of peace between the United States and the United Kingdom, this unique display is open to the public beginning February 2, 2012 through March 23, 2012. The Museum and exhibition of models is open to all daily from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Donations are encouraged.
Over 50 different ships created by modelers from across New England will be on display, presenting a variety of reproductions from War of 1812 vessels, to modern ships, and ships-in-bottles. Modelers have masterfully captured the richness of our maritime history in miniature. A panel of Guild members judge qualifying entries on scale, detail and artistic excellence to award the top craftsmen in respective categories.
If you have ever wondered, “How do they get that ship in a bottle?” - Volunteers from the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild will be on hand to answer your questions and demonstrate the technique, time and skill required to build a mini - masterpiece. After a visit to the Model Show, stop in the “Old Ironsides Discovery Center” to learn about the causes and consequences of the War of 1812 and brush up on your history. It was during this war that USS Constitution earned her famous nickname,” Old Ironsides” and our young nation came together as a unified people. For more information about the Model Show and visiting tips call 617 – 426 – 1812 or log onto www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.
The USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild encourages the art of constructing model ships and supports research in nautical history through its workshops, educational activities, and exhibits. It is among the largest ship model associations on the East Coast with more than 100 members. The Guild meets on the first Tuesday of every month and encourages those who are interested to attend their meeting at the USS Constitution Museum or to visit the Guild’s website at www.usscmsg.org
The USS Constitution Museum is located in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, across from USS Constitution and on the Freedom Trail. The USS Constitution Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution whose mission is to serve 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. The Museum is honored to be rated a prestigious 4 stars on Charity Navigator, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, and a recent recipient of the Parent’s Choice Award. www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org
The Boston Marine Society has been instrumental in sponsoring measures to improve navigation and support the families of mariners. Part of the Boston National Historical Park, the Society preserves the history of a distinguished institution and tells the story of one of America's oldest and most important ports through their archives, gallery and outreach.