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

Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration to North America, 1845-1860

From 1845 to 1860, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and Canada. In the cramped quarters below the decks of the “coffin ships,” the journey was fraught with the hardship of inclement weather and the peril of disease, but in spite of their uncertain future, the travelers faced these adversities in hopes of finding a better way of life in North America.



In the summer of 1976, Bruce Gillespie (born in 1952 with Down syndrome) began a collaboration with his teacher to illustrate the biblical story of creation from the Book of Genesis. His colorful and imaginative depictions are displayed here for all to contemplate God’s handiwork.

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