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The National Society United States Daughters of 1812 was organized on January 8, 1892 on the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. The society requires lineal descent from an ancestor who rendered military, naval or civil service between the close of the American Revolutionary War in 1783 and the close of the War of 1812 in 1815, Military service may be in any one of sixteen
recognized engagements between those


The purposes this society shall be to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people, by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military and naval service from 1784 to 1815, inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters a museum and library of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.


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Schooner Fame

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Three Coveted Awards Presented by Massachusetts State Society in 2016


New England Historic Genealogical Society's President D. Brenton Simons received the prestigious Spirit of 1812 Award from Massachusetts State President Ginny Mucciaccio at the Harvard Club in Boston.

Currently servicng as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Brenton Simons has striven to bring quality genealogy to everyone for more than the past twenty years. Under his leadership, NEHGS has grown in membershipp, increased it's colletions and added online accessibility, stablized it's financial status, expanded it's scholarly research, popularized family genealogy and reached out with educational programs.

State President Ginny Mucciaccio proudly presented the Spirit of 1812 Award to Dr. G. William Freeman, author of the Holy Terror: Captain William Nichcols, during a reception at the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Capt. Nichols was commissioned privateer out of Newburyport during the War of 1812 on the Decatur and on the Harpy. Most remarkably, Capt. Nichols captured 28 British prizes and over 600 prisoners, plus the ship's cargos, despite


USS Constitution Museum, Boston MA

National Historic Landmarks - MA

Schooner Fame - Salem MA

Revisiting the War of 1812

Peabody Essex Museum - Salem MA

Phillips Library - Salem MA

spening eighteen months in the British prison at Dartmoor. His reputation earned him the nickname of "The Holy Terror." Dr. Freeman makes this story of life during the War of 1812 era accessible and appealing to the general reader, interspersing War updates into the biographical narrative.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Cadet Patrick J. Gorman Received a ccoveted Global Positioning System from Massachusetts State Society member Monica Pattangall at the 173rd Commencement, held at it's campus on the Cape Cod Canal.

The Massachusetts State Society U.S.D. 1812 Award is given to the Marine Engineering graduate with the highest standing in Engineering and Electricity. This award was first presented by the MA Daughters of 1812 in 1935.

Cadet Gorman completed the four-year Marine Engineering program in three and one-half years, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He plans a seagoing career with the Military Sealift Command and has already reported for sea duty.


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On June 22, 2013, at historic Salem Massachusetts, Captain Michael Rutstein of the Schooner Fame was honored as the National Winner of the 1812 Spirit Award by the Massachusetts State Society, United States Daughters of 1812.

The certificate and medal is awarded to an individual or organization with a distinguished record of study, promotion and dedication to the preservation of the history of people, places and events of the War of 1812.


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