Commemorative Medals awarded to Julia Kochevar
In 1925, the Elks Lodge organized a nationwide essay contest to help raise money for the restoration of USS Constitution. Julia Kochevar was awarded the first of these medals by Commander Marion Eppley when she won the statewide competition for best essay in her home state of Colorado. A few months later, she won the nationwide contest, receiving the second medal. Part of her award for winning the national contest was an invitation to read her essay at the Elks’ national conference in Chicago, and have it published in the Elks’ national magazine. You can read more about Kochevar, and the entirety of her award-winning essay, here.
Both of the medals were manufactured by The Robbins Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts. Each medal is circular and surrounded by a rope motif. At the center of the obverse of both medals, USS Constitution is shown under sail on rolling seas. The text surrounding the ship records dates of important events in the ship’s history, including the date it was launched and the dates of the battles with HMS Guerriere, HMS Java, HMS Cyane, and HMS Levant. The reverse of each medal names Kochevar and commemorates her achievement.