Thursday, June 21, 2012
Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance said it will now sponsor all free public school field trips to the USS Constitution Museum from September until June 2015.
The museum recently opened its newest interactive exhibit, the “Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center,” which features computer activities simulating shipboard life, interactive lessons about the War of 1812 and its major events, and a large map highlighting personal stories that effect America to this day.
“At the USS Constitution Museum, we encourage guests not just to read here, but to do. This is a particularly effective method to use with school groups, for while some learn by reading, some by listening, we all learn by doing,” said the museum’s president Anne Grimes Rand. “We are thrilled to be able to help address the needs of our schools and share the singular resources we have developed over time with our public schools, free of charge, thanks to the support and vision of Liberty Mutual Insurance, during this special Bicentennial period.”
The U.S. Postal Service also plans to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 with a newly minted Forever stamp of Old Ironsides that will be unveiled in the Charlestown Navy Yard on Aug. 18.
The image selected by the Postal Service for the stamp is from an early 19th century painting by maritime artist Michele Felice Corne. The painting will be on view for the event at the USS Constitution Museum.
Liberty Mutual had previously announced it was extending its sponsorship its sponsorship of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks display and concert through 2015.