“Old Ironsides” Coming to LBJ Library and Museum

Jan 15, 2003

The LBJ Library and Museum will be a host site for "Old Ironsides" Across the Nation January 13-19, 2003. The U.S. Navy and the USS Constitution Museum will bring a 6,000 pound replica long gun from Old Ironsides to Austin and demonstrate the teamwork, stamina and discipline required to handle the cannon during battle.

The public is invited to a free presentation on Thursday, January 16th at 7 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium, to hear from the USS Constitution's current captain, Commander Randall A. Neal, and Burt Logan, the executive director of the USS Constitution Museum. Commander Neal, in period costume, and Museum officials will discuss "Old Ironsides" glorious history through a slide presentation as well as the Museum's preservation efforts on her behalf.

Commander Neal will also discuss the role of "Old Ironsides" in today's Navy. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, 2003, the Constitution crew, Museum staff, and artisans from the Naval Historical Center Detachment Boston encourage the public to handle replica objects from the Ship, practice knot-tying, engrave their names into copper sheeting that will be installed on "Old Ironsides," discuss Navy life past and present, and witness the demonstrations of loading the cannon during battle. During the week of Jan. 13-19, 2003, active duty Navy as well their museum staff members will go to elementary school classrooms throughout Austin that week, presenting interactive lessons about the daily life of 19th century sailors aboard the USS Constitution.