Update! 3-D Modeling Monitor

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Untreated sconce recovered in 2002

You guys! We are so excited to share this news with you:

Many of you know that we have recently been working to create 3-D models of USS Monitor artifacts. We shared the plan for modeling the turret previously. We are happy to announce that we now have a platform to showcase all these models! But, first, please ogle over these stills of a few of our projects:

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More Than Words: Explaining the mission of The Mariners’ Museum and Park

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Kevin Bacon; 1984, Footloose

You learned the mission statement. Maybe you even memorized the words, but if someone asked you “why?”, “how?” could you explain the point? School songs, organizations’ codes, institutional missions – all too often these important and carefully crafted statements are recited without much attention to what the deeper meaning is.

Recently, The Mariners’ Museum and Park underwent a major re-invention of our purpose. We do not want to stand by, stagnantly aging. Instead we aim to become a world leader through our collections and archives, their care and management, and our message to visitors.

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USS Consolation Re-Union

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Our visitors of the week were members of a tour group from the USS Consolation, a hospital ship that was positioned in the Pacific during the Korean War in 1951. This was the first hospital ship to have a heliport to receive wounded soldiers by helicopter. This group of visitors totaled 59, and I had a group of about 20. They were most impressed with The Mariners’ Museum and appreciative of the tour. This was very consoling to me, since this WAS a group from the USS CONSOLATION!

"Pharmaceutical rep visits his roots"

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I know there are many who missed my weekly blog, (LOL) but I have been busy connecting with our nine grandchildren before they return to school. (3 in college)

I had a cordial conversation with a visitor from Missouri and Civil War buff.  He had retired as a pharmaceutical rep and had attended William and Mary (yeah!).  He said that his family can be traced back to 1774 in New Kent County.  I said “‘don’t you think you should move back to your roots, because they must have shown you everything worth seeing in the “show me state” of Missouri by now?”  This was  a friendly exchange and he couldn’t wait to get into The Monitor Center.

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"History or Baseball?"

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On Friday I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the museum to Jordan and Bryce, “baseball stars of the future”, and their mother, Sydney from Atlanta.  They seemed to really enjoy the experience, as did I.  I think, like many school children of today, American history is somewhat not a priority.  I stressed the importance of this subject, and encouraged them to go to the Atlanta History Museum for a more extensive lesson, since they live in the heart of the history of the Civil War!  I believe that their viewing of “The Battle of Hampton Roads” really got their attention.  Sidney grew up in Newport News and was visiting her mother here.  I told Sidney that if today’s experience didn’t plant seeds of history in the minds of her sons, I didn’t know what would.