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Interpreting Constitution
January 15-April 9, 2019

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January 15, 2019 | Starting Location: USS Constitution Museum Theater & Education Center

Week 1: Welcome and Understanding Our Audiences

Topics:
Introductions • Audience Engagement

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum (2015). Engage Families – Relevancy
Hawkins, B. L. (2016, May 31). “Five Opportunities to Take a House Tour from ‘Meh’ to Great”
The Engaging Educator – Public Speaking playlist


January 22, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Theater |
Port Watch Starting Location: Museum Theater

Week 2: The Need for a Navy and U.S. trade after the Revolution

Topics:
From the Freedom Trail to USS Constitution • Global Trade Program • Revolutionary War vessels and Navy frigates

Resources:
“Timeline for the Creation of the Navy”. USS Constitution Museum (pdf)
Brodine, C. E., Crawford, M. J., & Hughes, C. F. (2007). “Re-establishment of the Navy” in Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution (pp. 3-4). Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center.
Taylor, A. (2013) “From the American Revolution to the War of 1812” in The War of 1812 (pp. 16-27). The National Park Service. Virginia: Donning Company Publishing.


January 29, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Spar Deck

Week 3: Design, Construction, and Launching USS Constitution

Topics:
Ship design challenge • Spar Deck interpretation • Launching USS Constitution

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 November 6) – Birch and Oak
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 Dec. 12) Should her ways have better laid
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 September 9) Keel Hauled
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 Oct. 16) Madeira Mystery


February 5, 2019 | Port Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Starboard Watch Starting Location: Spar Deck

Week 4: Maneuvering Under Sail

Topics:
200 years of change on the spar deck • Maneuvering under sail

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2016 July 19). Canvasing the Navy
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 July 29). Suit of Sails
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016, October 6). Ropemakers for the Navy: Part I
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016, October 21). Ropemakers for the Navy: Part II


February 12, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Lobby |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 5: Java Battle and the human costs of naval war

Topics:
Gun deck interpretation: Raking, battle maneuvers, and the impact of gunnery • Naval armament discussion • Human Cost of War exhibit

Resources:
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., & Watkins, S. (2012) Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. “Chapter 5: Returning Home” (pp. 46-55).
USS Constitution Museum. (2010). War of 1812 Overview
Charles Waldo battle plan USSC vs. Java – USS Constitution Museum Collections
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., Watkins, S. (2012) “Forging a Fighting Team”, “Testing the Crew in Battle” in Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. (pp. 33-45)
Desy, M. M. (2016). The Armament of USS Constitution, 18th – 21st Century. Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston.
USS Constitution Museum. (2015, November 12). Constitution’s Guns: A Snapshot
USS Constitution Museum. (2015, April 30). Carronades for the Tops: A New Interpretation
Constitution’s Guns: Today vs. 1812 (pdf)
Marshall, G. (1822). Marshall’s Practical Marine Gunnery: Containing A View Of The Magnitude, Weight, Description & Use, Of Every Article Used In The Sea Gunner’s Department, In The Navy Of

Age Of Sails. (2013, June 6). HMS Victory Broadside! video
Llaneza, Michael. (2007, March 26). USS Niagara Live Fire Demonstration video


February 19, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Hull room |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 6: Cyane and Levant

Topics:
Prize money and prisoners of war • Sailing against two ships • Mid-term course evaluation

Resources:
Petrie, Donald A. The Prize Game, Ch. 2, pp. 42-46
Smith, Moses. Naval Scenes in the Last War…, Ch. VIII, description of Guerriere crew slipping shackles & attempting to take USSC
4th Auditor’s Settled Accounts, War of 1812 – Constitution outfitting lists detailing numbers of iron leg shackles and hand cuffs for prisoners (and any USSC crew that required confinement during a cruise)
Humphreys, Assheton. The Constitution’s Finest Fight, 1815: The Journal of Acting Chaplain Assheton Humphreys, US Navy, ed. by Tyrone G. Martin. Pages 30-31


February 25, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 7: The Lakes Battles: Understanding the broader War of 1812

Topics:
Geography of the Lakes and land battles • Squadron battles vs frigate duels • Gun deck interpretation

Resources:
Brodine, C. E., Crawford, M. J., & Hughes, C. F. (2007). “War of 1812: The Navy Department”, “War of 1812: Overview of the U.S. Fleet”, “War of 1812: U.S. Naval Operations”, and “War of 1812: The Royal Navy” in Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution. (pp. 40-50). Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center.
USS Constitution Museum. (2010). War of 1812 Overview
Lowell, J. (1812). Mr. Madison’s War
Anonymous. (1812). The First Book of Remarkable Events of the Present American War
Rybka, Walter P. (2012) The Lake Erie Campaign of 1813


March 5, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: USS Constitution Museum |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 8: The World of Command

Topics:
Objects of Command • Captain’s quarters • Wardroom

Resources:
McKee, Christopher. A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession. Ch. 2, “A Ranked Society” (pdf)
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 28) – All the Comforts of Home
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 October 29) – Tumbler Home


March 12, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Hold |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 9: Food and Messing aboard ship

Topics:
Provisioning and water • Constitution‘s camboose • Messing and food

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2016 May 4) Sick Bay: Where Away? 
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 March 5) Whitewashing Constitution
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 July 16) Some Notes on Navy Biscuits
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 April 25) Water, water, everywhere
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 13) Hot Stuff: Chocolate and the U.S. Navy
MacDonald, J. (2014). “Chapter 6 “What Other Navies Ate” in Feeding Nelson’s Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era. (pp. 140-143). Yorkshire, England: Frontline Books


March 19, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Berth Deck

Week 10: The U.S. Sailor and U.S. Marine in 1812

Topics:
Life aboard the berth deck • History tells a story

Resources:
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., & Watkins, S. (2012) Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. Chapter 1: Recruiting a Crew” (pp. 2-14), “Chapter 2: Joining a Seafaring Community” (pp. 15-32). USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA.
National Park Service. The War of 1812. “Fighting for Freedom: Africa American’s and the War of 1812,” Gene Allen Smith.
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 December 16) – Red Flannel Forever
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 November 1) – Pea Jackets
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 November 18) – Frock On!
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 7) – Slip-shod: The Truth About Early Navy Shoes


March 26, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Berth Deck

Week 11: Constitution‘s Legacy and Role

Topics:
1812 uniforms • Building a tour • Constitution as a symbol

Resources:
Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem, “Old Ironsides”


April 2, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Charlestown Navy Yard |
Port Watch Starting Location: USS Cassin Young

Week 12: USS Cassin Young + the Charlestown Navy Yard

Topics:
Tour of USS Cassin Young • History of the Charlestown Navy Yard

Resources:
National Park Service/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 February 29) Visiting USS Constitution in the Navy Yard Through Time
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 July 11) Sightings: Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard
National Park Service. USS Cassin Young

January 15, 2019 | Starting Location: USS Constitution Museum Theater & Education Center

Week 1: Welcome and Understanding Our Audiences

Topics:
Introductions • Audience Engagement

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum (2015). Engage Families – Relevancy
Hawkins, B. L. (2016, May 31). “Five Opportunities to Take a House Tour from ‘Meh’ to Great”
The Engaging Educator – Public Speaking playlist

January 22, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Theater |
Port Watch Starting Location: Museum Theater

Week 2: The Need for a Navy and U.S. trade after the Revolution

Topics:
From the Freedom Trail to USS Constitution • Global Trade Program • Revolutionary War vessels and Navy frigates

Resources:
“Timeline for the Creation of the Navy”. USS Constitution Museum (pdf)
Brodine, C. E., Crawford, M. J., & Hughes, C. F. (2007). “Re-establishment of the Navy” in Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution (pp. 3-4). Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center.
Taylor, A. (2013) “From the American Revolution to the War of 1812” in The War of 1812 (pp. 16-27). The National Park Service. Virginia: Donning Company Publishing.

January 29, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Spar Deck

Week 3: Design, Construction, and Launching USS Constitution

Topics:
Ship design challenge • Spar Deck interpretation • Launching USS Constitution

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 November 6) – Birch and Oak
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 Dec. 12) Should her ways have better laid
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 September 9) Keel Hauled
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 Oct. 16) Madeira Mystery

February 5, 2019 | Port Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Starboard Watch Starting Location: Spar Deck

Week 4: Maneuvering Under Sail

Topics:
200 years of change on the spar deck • Maneuvering under sail

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2016 July 19). Canvasing the Navy
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 July 29). Suit of Sails
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016, October 6). Ropemakers for the Navy: Part I
NHHC Detachment Boston/USS Constitution Museum. (2016, October 21). Ropemakers for the Navy: Part II

February 12, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Lobby |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 5: Java Battle and the human costs of naval war

Topics:
Gun deck interpretation: Raking, battle maneuvers, and the impact of gunnery • Naval armament discussion • Human Cost of War exhibit

Resources:
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., & Watkins, S. (2012) Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. “Chapter 5: Returning Home” (pp. 46-55).
USS Constitution Museum. (2010). War of 1812 Overview
Charles Waldo battle plan USSC vs. Java – USS Constitution Museum Collections
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., Watkins, S. (2012) “Forging a Fighting Team”, “Testing the Crew in Battle” in Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. (pp. 33-45)
Desy, M. M. (2016). The Armament of USS Constitution, 18th – 21st Century. Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment Boston.
USS Constitution Museum. (2015, November 12). Constitution’s Guns: A Snapshot
USS Constitution Museum. (2015, April 30). Carronades for the Tops: A New Interpretation
Constitution’s Guns: Today vs. 1812 (pdf)
Marshall, G. (1822). Marshall’s Practical Marine Gunnery: Containing A View Of The Magnitude, Weight, Description & Use, Of Every Article Used In The Sea Gunner’s Department, In The Navy Of

Age Of Sails. (2013, June 6). HMS Victory Broadside! video
Llaneza, Michael. (2007, March 26). USS Niagara Live Fire Demonstration video

February 19, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Hull room |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 6: Cyane and Levant

Topics:
Prize money and prisoners of war • Sailing against two ships • Mid-term course evaluation

Resources:
Petrie, Donald A. The Prize Game, Ch. 2, pp. 42-46
Smith, Moses. Naval Scenes in the Last War…, Ch. VIII, description of Guerriere crew slipping shackles & attempting to take USSC
4th Auditor’s Settled Accounts, War of 1812 – Constitution outfitting lists detailing numbers of iron leg shackles and hand cuffs for prisoners (and any USSC crew that required confinement during a cruise)
Humphreys, Assheton. The Constitution’s Finest Fight, 1815: The Journal of Acting Chaplain Assheton Humphreys, US Navy, ed. by Tyrone G. Martin. Pages 30-31

February 25, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Museum Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 7: The Lakes Battles: Understanding the broader War of 1812

Topics:
Geography of the Lakes and land battles • Squadron battles vs frigate duels • Gun deck interpretation

Resources:
Brodine, C. E., Crawford, M. J., & Hughes, C. F. (2007). “War of 1812: The Navy Department”, “War of 1812: Overview of the U.S. Fleet”, “War of 1812: U.S. Naval Operations”, and “War of 1812: The Royal Navy” in Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution. (pp. 40-50). Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center.
USS Constitution Museum. (2010). War of 1812 Overview
Lowell, J. (1812). Mr. Madison’s War
Anonymous. (1812). The First Book of Remarkable Events of the Present American War
Rybka, Walter P. (2012) The Lake Erie Campaign of 1813

March 5, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: USS Constitution Museum |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 8: The World of Command

Topics:
Objects of Command • Captain’s quarters • Wardroom

Resources:
McKee, Christopher. A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession. Ch. 2, “A Ranked Society” (pdf)
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 28) – All the Comforts of Home
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 October 29) – Tumbler Home

March 12, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Hold |
Port Watch Starting Location: Gun Deck

Week 9: Food and Messing aboard ship

Topics:
Provisioning and water • Constitution‘s camboose • Messing and food

Resources:
USS Constitution Museum. (2016 May 4) Sick Bay: Where Away? 
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 March 5) Whitewashing Constitution
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 July 16) Some Notes on Navy Biscuits
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 April 25) Water, water, everywhere
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 13) Hot Stuff: Chocolate and the U.S. Navy
MacDonald, J. (2014). “Chapter 6 “What Other Navies Ate” in Feeding Nelson’s Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era. (pp. 140-143). Yorkshire, England: Frontline Books

March 19, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Berth Deck

Week 10: The U.S. Sailor and U.S. Marine in 1812

Topics:
Life aboard the berth deck • History tells a story

Resources:
Brenckle, M., McCormack, L., & Watkins, S. (2012) Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew. Chapter 1: Recruiting a Crew” (pp. 2-14), “Chapter 2: Joining a Seafaring Community” (pp. 15-32). USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA.
National Park Service. The War of 1812. “Fighting for Freedom: Africa American’s and the War of 1812,” Gene Allen Smith.
USS Constitution Museum. (2015 December 16) – Red Flannel Forever
USS Constitution Museum. (2013 November 1) – Pea Jackets
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 November 18) – Frock On!
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 February 7) – Slip-shod: The Truth About Early Navy Shoes

March 26, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Education Center |
Port Watch Starting Location: Berth Deck

Week 11: Constitution‘s Legacy and Role

Topics:
1812 uniforms • Building a tour • Constitution as a symbol

Resources:
Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem, “Old Ironsides”

April 2, 2019 | Starboard Watch Starting Location: Charlestown Navy Yard |
Port Watch Starting Location: USS Cassin Young

Week 12: USS Cassin Young + the Charlestown Navy Yard

Topics:
Tour of USS Cassin Young • History of the Charlestown Navy Yard

Resources:
National Park Service/USS Constitution Museum. (2016 February 29) Visiting USS Constitution in the Navy Yard Through Time
USS Constitution Museum. (2014 July 11) Sightings: Constitution in the Charlestown Navy Yard
National Park Service. USS Cassin Young


Essential Resources

Course Syllabus, Interpreting Constitution, 2019

Interpreting Old Ironsides: An Illustrated Guide to USS Constitution
Charles E. Brodine, Michael J. Crawford, and Christine F. Hughes (Naval Historical Center)
Men of Iron: USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Crew Matthew Brenckle, Lauren McCormack and Sarah Watkins (USS Constitution Museum)
Against All Odds: U.S. Sailors in the War of 1812 Charles E. Brodine, Jr., Michael J. Crawford, Christine F. Hughes
200 Years of Change: An Illustrated Tour Handout
USS Constitution Museum Website www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org