Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center
Lecture begins at 3:30 PM
FREE for Members or free with Museum admission. Guests attending the lecture only can purchase a $5 ticket thirty minutes prior to the event.
No RSVP required. Please arrive early, as seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the lecture will open at 3:00 PM.
Located in the Huntington Room
This is the second of three lectures in our Historic Winter Speaker Series, titled, “Chartering the Course to Greatness: The Huntington Family”.
Homer Ferguson was a key player in the development of the City of Newport News, particularly from 1915 to 1946. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy and University of Glasgow’s School of Naval Architecture, Ferguson came to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company as assistant superintendent of hull construction. He rose steadily through the leadership ranks and was named president following the tragic death of Albert Hopkins during the sinking of the RMS LUSITANIA in 1915. He ushered the shipyard and the city into an amazing three decades of growth. When the yard’s expansion led to a severe housing crisis, Ferguson gained support from the Emergency Fleet Corporation, which agreed to underwrite two projects in Newport News to alleviate the problem: Riverside (Shipyard) Apartments and Hilton Village.
Other upcoming Hilton Village Lectures: