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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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✯✯✯✯✯✯ it's 2012: a leap year, an election year, a summer filled with Olympic competition, and a time of significant transformation Bringing the Story of Our Nation's Oldest Commissioned Ship to Life LISA LESLIE HENDERSON writer PETER BAKER photographer according to the ancient Mayan calendar. But that is not all: 2012 ushers in the bicentennial of the War of 1812. If you are like most Americans, you may not immediately recall the details of this conflict or know that historians disagree about its victor. This long forgotten war was, however, a defining moment for the young country, so much so that it has been called the United States' "Second War of Independence." As the United States prepares to celebrate the anniver- sary of the War of 1812 over the next three years (mirroring the dura- tion of the war), several Wellesley and Weston residents are focusing their energies on keeping alive the memories and stories of one of the ships that was critical to the war, the USS Constitution, nicknamed "Old Ironsides" by a grateful member of her crew. "Undefeated in forty-two battles, the USS Constitution has never been demasted or boarded by enemy sailors during combat," explains Stuart Swan, who sells original images of the ship at the store in down- town Wellesley that bears his name. "She was an important symbol then and now of American fortitude and spirit." 65 summer 2012 | WellesleyWeston Magazine

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