For nearly a century, dedicated members have donated historic artifacts and memorabilia to the museum, and furnished the house with period furniture. The decorative arts collection features arts and crafts, whose object is the design and manufacture of goods that are both beautiful and functional like fashion and a ladies trousseau. Various forms of the textile arts, glassware and metalware are included. Military memorabilia features uniforms, soldiers’ equipment and documents related to the period from the end of the American Revolution in 1793 through the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in 1815.
Flag Pole: Mast of USS Constitution
The flagpole in front of the N.S.U.S.D.1812’s National Headquarters is a topgallant mast (marked on picture below) from the USS Constitution. It was given to the National Society in 1933, following the reconditioning of the famed “Old Ironsides.” Before it could be installed on the front lawn, twenty fee of its original length had to be cut off to be in compliance with District ofColumbia height regulations.
On the base of the flagpole it reads: “Mast From U.S.S. Constitution Presented to National Society United States Daughters 1812 By Mrs. John Francis Weinmann April 1935″