Judge @ Oath Ceremony for New USA Citizens
Since 1742, Faneuil Hall's Georgian-style Great Hall has been used for many public meetings and celebrations, and it continues to play a prominent role in Boston’s civic life today through debates on community issues, mayoral inaugurations, and naturalization ceremonies for new Americans. I attended two such ceremonies recently, and my today's photograph shows the "Oath Ceremony" for the immigrants who are about to get American citizenship. All of my photos in the Faneuil Hall series were taken from the Great Hall's gallery where I was seated among other gests and visitors.
Naturalization ceremonies are held weekly / bi-weekly at Faneuil Hall. Like other Oath Ceremonies in Massachusetts, these are also administered by a judge in a court ceremony. The Great Hall can accomodate over 1,000 people, including the guests and visitors. Understandably, the Ceremony held in this rich historic setting is especially festive and memorable once-in-a-life-time experience. The judge in my picture is standing behind the 1870’s podium, crafted in the Victorian gothic style and is made of oak. The three throne chairs, shown in the backround, are officially described as:
"The three regal thronelike chairs date from the 1860’s. No one ever seems to use them. They are just for decoration." This is an excerpt from the "Faneuil Hall: What's Original?" leaflet within the set called Experience Your America: Boston National Historical Park, also available online @ link www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/upload/FH_Whats_Original.pdf ~ Well, I have news for the author of the leaflet: The judge and her / his two distinguished guests sit in the three throne chairs & the Mayor of Boston during his / her inauguration also has the privilege to occupy the regal throne. . .