Lowell Lecture

American Eagle: A New Look at the Life and Art of John Haley Bellamy

Date & Time

Nov. 19, 2014


USS Constitution Museum
Building 22
Charleston Navy Yard Charlestown, MA 02129
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James A. Craig, Author and Historian

Presenting Organization

USS Constitution Museum



Widely considered to be America's greatest woodcarver, John Haley Bellamy's iconic sculptures--particularly his famed eagles--vie with such hallowed icons as the Statue of Liberty, the Great Seal of the United States, and Old Glory itself in representing the United States. Immensely popular with collectors of folk art, today Bellamy's iconic carvings can bring as much as $666,000+ at auction. Yet while his work is well known across America his life's story has lain obscured behind a host of ribald legends and erroneous myths - until now. Recounting more than six years of investigative findings, award-winning author & art historian James A. Craig answers these and other questions concerning the art and life of America's greatest woodcarver. www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org