Uncorked History: Vintage Artifacts

2 years ago

Juli Jackson shows off her family treasures to Aileen Chumard, BLDG92 Executive Director, and Dennis Riley, BNYDC archivist

Staff at BLDG92 were extremely excited to receive an incredible trove of materials donated by Juli Jackson to the BNYDC archives.  Ms. Jackson is the daughter of Kathryn Steiner (nee Lackey), who christened the USS Brooklyn (CL-40) at the Yard in 1936, as well as the grand-daughter of Frank Lackey who served in Brooklyn for over 40 years as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve and as commander of the New York State Naval Militia and eventually died at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital in 1944.  See the finding aid to this collection for more information or visit BLDG 92 in the Fall when we will have select items on display. 

Reviewing officer medal from the New York Naval Militia Memorial Day observance, 1936.

Detail of the hilt of a ceremonial sword presented to Frank Lackey in 1927 as commander of the 2nd Battalion, New York Naval Militia, which was based at the 52nd Street Armory in Sunset Park.

Frank Lackey’s dress uniform as Rear Admiral and commander of the New York Naval Militia.

Scrapbook on the launching of the USS Brooklyn.  To the left is the bottle and ribbon (in a ceremonial box) used to christen the ship.

Scrapbook on Kathryn Lackey and her role in launching the USS Brooklyn.