Curator’s Choice

Gavels and Presentation Box

The USS Constitution, nicknamed Old Ironsides, is the oldest commissioned warship in the United States, dating back to the War of 1812. Despite considerable damage sustained during battle, the ship remained in active service until 1881. Today it is docked at outside Boston, and is open to the public. During numerous restorations various components of the ship were been repurposed for souvenirs. Bunker Hill Council No. 62 presented a gavel to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council during the 1914 Supreme Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. Both the wood used in the presentation box and gavel are from the Constitution.


Current Exhibitions

World War I: Beyond the Front Lines

World War I, fought from 1914-1918, was the modern world’s first international conflict. The United States, formally entered the war April 6, 1917. By Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, more than 116,000 Americans died as a result of the war. The exhibition examines its impact and K of C war relief efforts.