The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

On the top floor of Boston’s Faneuil Hall is the museum and headquarters of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. The Company is the oldest chartered military organization in the western hemisphere. Its charter was granted in March 1638 as part of a British colony whose mission was to prepare its members to serve as officers in the enrolled militia companies. It later served the new nation of the United States and has fulfilled its mission continually since. IN the twentieth century, the mission changed with the creation of the National Guard and the federalization of officer training. The Company mission has changed to a supportive role in preserving the historic and patriotic traditions of the city of Boston, the Commonwealth and the Nation.

These are a few images of the museum. It has military memorabilia from the Company’s nearly 400-year history. Much of it is in glass cases and therefore is difficult to photograph. This will give you a sense of the space.

Now, one of the items in these images is not like the other. The brightly striped uniform is that of the Swiss Guard who protect the Pontiff. Sunday marks the end of a photo exhibition about the Swiss Guard.


4 thoughts on “The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      The exhibition was quite good. I think Dan Brown’s book was the inspiration for my attending. Before reading it, I had no idea the Swiss Guards were such bad asses. BTW I got an email that the next Reacher novel is due out in November.

      1. Miss Gentileschi

        Me neither! I just thought they looked too silly to actually know their way around a weapon 😉 More like decorative bodyguards.
        YAY to the next novel!!! Can’t wait! 😄

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