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Beacon Hill Seminars Fall Kickoff

Beacon Hill Seminars is offering a mix of 19 in-person and online courses this fall on a range of topics including art, history, literature, music, politics, religion, science and more.   To learn more, attend their virtual Fall Semester Kickoff via Zoom on Wednesday, September 7 from 2 to 3 PM.  BHS course leaders will briefly introduce their courses and participants will be able to ask questions after the presentation. For more information visit or email [email protected].

For the Calendar Section:

Wednesday – September 7, 2022

EVENT:  Beacon Hill Seminars Fall Semester Kickoff, Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 2 to 3 PM via Zoom.  If you are not on BHS’s mailing list, email [email protected] to request a link to this webinar to watch the BHS’s 19 course leaders briefly introduce their fall courses.

“Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” Screening on USS Constitution

USS Constitution and the USS Constitution Museum are hosting a series of free public Summer Movie Nights aboard the Ship this summer, including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World on Friday, August 26, 8:00 p.m., with gates opening at 7:00 p.m.

Before the movie begins, guests will have a chance to participate in hands-on activities with Museum Educators and hear from Museum Public Historian, Carl Herzog.

Herzog will discuss how “Old Ironsides” is an apropos location to view Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, as USS Constitution was the inspiration for Acheron, the fictional French ship that torments Captain Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) throughout the movie. The similarities include Constitution’s design, construction, and reputation after defeating the British. He will also detail the film’s impressively accurate portrayal of life and battle in the age of sail, including a depiction of naval warfare in the period, and contrasts between British and American naval life on board.

“Old Ironsides’” crew screens each film on a projector for guests with the ship as a backdrop.

The events will be first come, first served due to space. General seating is available, and guests may bring their own chairs and blankets to use while viewing the movie.

Movie titles, dates, and times for upcoming Summer Movie Nights are available on the Museum’s website.

All guests age 18 and older are required to show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport to board the Ship.

About the USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by offering award-winning exhibits where all ages can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The Museum’s mission is to engage visitors in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. The Museum is open seven days a week with a pay-what-you-wish admission policy, and the Virtual Museum is open 24/7. The USS Constitution Museum is a 2022 winner in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice in the “Best History Museum” category and Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorites in the “Historic Sites & Tours” and “Museums & Attractions” categories. For more information, visit

About USS Constitution

USS Constitution is the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat, and played a crucial role in

the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812, actively defending sea lanes from 1797 to 1855. The active-duty Sailors stationed aboard USS Constitution provide free tours and offer public visitation as they support the ship’s mission of promoting the Navy’s history and maritime heritage and raising awareness of the importance of a sustained naval presence. USS Constitution was undefeated in battle and destroyed or captured 33 opponents. The ship earned the nickname of “Old Ironsides” during the war of 1812 when British cannonballs were seen bouncing off the Ship’s wooden hull.

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