Lectures

Our lectures cover a wide range of maritime topics. Catch a Maritime Connections staff lecture or Civil War Lecture by John Quarstein during the day. Experts and maritime authors lead lectures in the evenings.

Maritime Connections staff lectures and Civil War Lectures are free with Museum admission. Evening lectures are $5 and free for members. RSVP for any of the lectures online to guarantee a spot.

Steven Callahan at The Mariners' Museum

Steven Callahan, American author and survivor of 76 days adrift at sea, speaking in 2014 at The Mariners’ Museum


2018 Spring Lecture Dates & Titles

 

Lectures cover a wide range of maritime topics and are presented by nationally and internationally recognized authors, filmmakers, historians, scientists and other experts in their fields.

Author lectures are followed by a book signing. Books are available in the Museum Shop and may be purchased the night of the lecture.

Tickets are required for all evening lectures

  • Adult and child tickets are $5 each.
  • Mariners’ Museum Member tickets are free.

Lectures begin at 7:00 PM  •  Doors open at 6:15 PM

Unless otherwise noted, lectures are held in the Main Lobby of The Mariners’ Museum and Park.

Become a Mariners’ Member
Attend select lectures for FREE!

To learn more about Member benefits like free admission to select lecture series programs, please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Membership.

Special thanks to our lecture sponsors:

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Notice About Reservations:

Members will receive free admission to our Lecture Series Programs with reservation. Reservations will be accepted online until 4:00 PM on the day of the lecture as well as available at the door. When placing a reservation over the telephone, leaving a voicemail does not guarantee that your reservation has been accepted. Reserved seating will be held until 6:55 PM (or 5 minutes before the program begins), afterwards seats will be available to all guests.


21 JUN

Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

Presentation and Book Signing with Dr. John Lehman

Thursday, June 21, 2017 · 7:00 PM

Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea

In his new book, Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea, former United States Secretary of the Navy Dr. John Lehman provides readers with the ultimate insider’s perspective on America’s Cold War struggles on the high seas. Lehman’s position as one of the chief architects and leaders of the navy’s Cold War resurgence gave him unprecedented access and unparalleled insight into the personalities, theories, and command decisions that helped America win the Cold War.

Dr. John Lehman is a former US Navy aviator, and served as United States secretary of the navy from 1981 to 1987. From 2003 to 2004, he was a member of the 9/11 Commission.


Tickets are $15 for Members and $20 for guests.
A ticket and a book is $35 for Members and $40 for guests.

*Ticket includes dessert and coffee bar, and a complimentary adult drink. (Cash bar available.)

Buy tickets & books here

Please note, the night of, only a limited number of books will be for sale.
Order yours with your ticket to ensure you get a copy.

John Lehman

Dr. John Lehman, a former US Navy aviator, served as Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987.

Civil War Lectures

 

Please join John Quarstein, renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, as he teaches about the intriguing maritime history of the Civil War. This long-running series explores the ships, personalities, technologies, and battles that would shape our nation for the next 150 years.

Civil War lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats online –see each lecture below.

Become a Mariners’ Member
Attend select lectures for FREE!

To learn more about Member benefits like free admission to select lecture series programs, please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Membership.


9 JUN

The Battle of Wassaw Sound

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Saturday, June 9, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The battle of Wassaw Sound pitted the Confederate ironclad ram, CSS Atlanta, against two Passaic-class ironclad monitors, USS Weehawken and USS Nahant. The Atlanta, built using the hull and engines of the blockade runner, Fingal, was one of the best constructed Confederate ironclads with a speed of 7 knots.

On 17 June 1863, in a bay in present-day Georgia, Wassaw Sound, the ram attacked the two Union monitors. Unfortunately, the Atlanta ran aground due to its deep draft of 16 feet and after sustaining significant damage by five shots from the Weehawken, the Confederate ship surrendered. Captain John Rodgers, commander of Weehawken, became a national hero and received the thanks of Congress for his leadership role in the capture of the CSS Atlanta. This surrender was the first Confederate ironclad to be
captured by US naval forces.

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14 JUL

CSS Arkansas

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Saturday, July 14, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The CSS Arkansas was laid down in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 1861. However, the rapid advance of Union forces down the Mississippi forced the Confederates to move the unfinished ironclad to Yazoo City, Mississippi. The rough-hewn ram was completed there by Captain Isaac Newton Brown. On 15 July 1862, Brown steamed the Arkansas through the entire Federal fleet and arrived at Vicksburg. Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was so embarrassed by this action. He attacked Arkansas, without success, on the evenings of 15 and 22 July. The Arkansas’ presence was a factor in Farragut’s decision to leave Vicksburg. When the Arkansas was sent to support the Confederate attack on Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ram’s engines failed and the warship was scuttled on 6 August 1862.

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11 AUG

The Sloop of War CSS Alabama in Combat

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Saturday, August 11, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Although most remembered for its spectacular cruise capturing 65 Union merchant ships, the CSS Alabama was designed as a sloop of war and engaged two Union warships during its illustrious career. The first was the side-wheeler USS Hatteras on the evening of 11 January 1863. The Hatteras, a very successful blockader, fought the Alabama off Galveston, Texas, and was sunk in 20 minutes. The Alabama continued its cruising until the raider put into Cherbourg, France. There the sloop’s escape route was blocked by USS Kearsarge, culminating in the dramatic sinking of the Alabama in June 1864.

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15 SEP

The Battle of Galveston

Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center

Saturday, September 15, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Learn about the epic battle between two wooden “cottonclads,” CSS Neptune and CSS Westfield, and six Union ships. Hear about the surprising defeat of a Union ship, USS Harriet.

When Major General “Prince” John Magruder was assigned commander of the district of Texas, he immediately sought to regain the fame he had achieved on the Virginia Peninsula as the “Hero of Bethel.” On 1 January 1863, Magruder organized a land and naval attack on the Federal forces occupying Galveston, Texas. Using two cotton-clads, CSS Bayou City and CSS Neptune, the Confederates were able to force the destruction of USS Westfield and capture the USRMS Harriet Lane. Galveston would remain under Confederate control until the war’s conclusion.

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Maritime Connections

 

This is a new lecture series presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Park staff. Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore our collection while learning about the work we do. This series will explore the ways our staff cares for our collection, designs our exhibits, brings objects to life, and helps us all to connect with the world’s waters. These lectures will be held on the first Saturday of each month.

Maritime Connections lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats online –see each lecture below.

Become a Mariners’ Member
Attend select lectures for FREE!

To learn more about Member benefits like free admission to select lecture series programs, please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Membership.


2 JUN

Treasures of the Museum’s Photo Negative Collection

Presented by Jay Moore, Ph.D, Museum Librarian and Archivist

Saturday, June 2, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

In 2015, archivist, Jay Moore, and retired Curator of Photography, Tom Moore, secured funding for a three-year project to catalog several “hidden collections” of photo negatives in the Museum’s cold storage vault. Today, that project is wrapping up, and the public will see for the first time what was found! From riverside towns in the Austrian Alps, to U.S. battleships of the dreadnought era, the hidden collections offer something unique and interesting for everyone to enjoy!

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30 JUN

The SS Mark German Ensign

Presented by Marc Nucup, Museum Curator

Saturday, June 30, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Marc Nucup shares the history of a German ensign flag, Reichsdienstflagge carried aboard the North German Lloyd cargo ship SS Mark. The flag, preserved by Captain Ernst Loewe while imprisoned in the United States, serves as a microcosm of the merchant maritime experience in World War I.

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4 AUG

WWI Posters and Propaganda

Presented by Bill Barker, Library Archivist

Saturday, August 4, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Join Archivist Bill Barker as he examines World War I era posters from the Museum’s collection. These pieces of propaganda played an important role in galvanizing public opinion and shoring up support for the war effort. Learn how this pairing of pithy phrases and dramatic artwork elicited such a strong reaction from the public and significantly impacted how the country thought about war.

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1 SEP

Meet the Objects Conservator

Presented by Assistant Objects Conservator, Paige Schmidt

Saturday, September 1, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

You are likely familiar with the impressive and high-profile conservation treatment of the USS Monitor by the Mariners’ Museum and Park’s skilled team of archaeological conservators. However, the Museum also houses more than 32,000 artifacts in the General Collection, including 18,000 three-dimensional objects, which also require the tender, love and care of conservators. Join Assistant Objects Conservator, Paige Schmidt, for an inside look at the conservation treatment, preventive care, and technical analysis of some of the institution’s treasured artifacts, and learn more about the stewardship of “America’s National Maritime” collection.

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6 OCT

Meet the Paper Conservator

Presented by Museum Paper Conservator

Saturday, October 6, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The Museum’s paper conservator gives an overview of her work.

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3 NOV

Chemistry and Conservation

Presented by the Museum Conservators

Saturday, November 3, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Museum Conservators teach about the science that makes their work possible.

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1 DEC

America’s Cup Photo Collection

Presented by Sarah Scruggs, Curator of Photography/Photo Archivist

Saturday, December 1, 2018 · 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Sarah Scruggs teaches about the museum’s amazing collection of America’s Cup photographs.

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