What history do Dedham’s Avery Oak, Old Ironsides, and the vessel’s first commander, Captain Samuel Nicholson, share? Dedham native and Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Constitution, John Benda, will reveal the connections and discuss the fascinating story of the oldest commissioned warship afloat. Benda will trace the ship’s history from the Revolutionary War through to today. He will share news about the current crew of the U.S.S. Constitution and the vessel’s educational mission.