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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 lectures for FREE!
To learn more about Member benefits like free admission to our lecture series, please visit MarinersMuseum.org/Membership.

 

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.

 

May 15, 2014, Steven Callahan lectured on "Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea."

 

2016 Lecture Dates & Titles

 

7 JAN

The Underwater Photography of Liquid Light

Presented by Jeanne Adams

Thursday, January 7, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Jeanne Adams: The Underwater Photography of Liquid Light

The Mariners’ Museum’s Liquid Light exhibition is a pioneering look at the world beneath the ocean. It would not have been possible without the efforts of world-renowned photography expert Jeanne Adams. Adams, the daughter-in-law of noted photographer Ansel Adams, is a strong advocate for the power of the photograph in telling nature’s stories. Her relationships with underwater photographers are helping to bring this beautiful, emerging art form into the global spotlight. Get an insider’s perspective of the making of Liquid Light from Adams in this presentation.

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Jeanne Adams photo

Jeanne Adams

 

4 FEB

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

Presented by John Warren & Jeffrey Holland

Thursday, February 4, 2016 • 7:00 PM

John Warren: The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
John Warren is the author of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel volume in the popular Images of America series. His research on the Bridge-Tunnel—an icon of the Hampton Roads landscape—has led him to some unexpected places. Please join the Mariners’ for an enlightening discussion on the history of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a deeper look into its construction and the research that went into his book.

At its opening in 1964, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was named one of the “Five Wonders of the Modern World” by Reader’s Digest magazine. It was the culmination of a concerted, decade-long push by a group of men, led by Lucius J. Kellam Jr., an Eastern Shore native and businessman who dreamed of opening up the remote Eastern Shore to present-day Virginia Beach. This $200-million, 17.6-mile-long series of bridges, tunnels, islands, and trestle in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay won the attention of the world at its opening. It is the subject of a 128-page book recently published by Arcadia Publishing.

Jeffrey Holland will be joining John Warren for this lecture.

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"Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel" by John Warren, book cover

“Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel” by John Warren, book cover

John Warren photo

John Warren

John Warren wrote the “Road Warrior” column for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1999 to 2009. His reporting included transportation and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. He has also worked at the Mariners’ Museum and Jefferson Lab.

 

Jeffrey B. Holland has been Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District since June 2005. Jeff is responsible for the general management and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. In this capacity, he enjoys the opportunity to work with the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission and the District’s employees to be the best fiduciaries possible in operating, maintaining, and preserving the largest bridge and tunnel in the world that is located in the most tumultuous marine environment for surface transportation in the world.

 

24 MAR

Slavery at Sea: Human Trafficking in the Seafood Industry

Presented by an Expert Panel

Thursday, March 24, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Slavery at Sea: Human Trafficking in the Seafood Industry

Every year, an untold number of workers in the fishing industry go missing or are forced into service on illegal fishing vessels. This human trafficking is a true humanitarian crisis, and one that affects the very food we eat. This special evening will feature experts from Greenpeace and Prevent Human Trafficking and will examine how we can find solutions to this critical human rights issue.

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Human Trafficking lecture

Human Trafficking photo

 

28 APR

Traditional Polynesian Wayfinding

Presented by the Crew of Hōkūleʻa

Thursday, April 28, 2016 • 7:00 PM

The crew of Hōkūleʻa: Traditional Polynesian Wayfinding

Hōkūleʻa is a traditional double-hulled Polynesian voyaging canoe, currently making a voyage around the globe to spread its message of Malama Honua, or, “to care for the Earth.” This spring, Hōkūleʻa will be visiting Newport News as it sails up the coast of North America. Members of the canoe’s crew will share some of the traditional navigational techniques that Hōkūleʻa uses as it sails, without modern instruments, across all the world’s oceans.

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Crew of the Hōkūleʻa

Crew of the Hōkūleʻa

 

23 MAY

Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

Presented by Eric Jay Dolin

Monday, May 23, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Eric Jay Dolin photo

Eric Jay Dolin

Eric Jay Dolin: Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

For 300 years, America’s lighthouses have kept countless ships from wrecking, saved untold lives and contributed mightily to the growth and prosperity of the nation. Brilliant Beacons tells the story of these beloved coastal sentinels, and the male and female keepers who faithfully kept the lights shining and the fog signals blaring.

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Brilliant Beacons" by Eric Jay Dolin, book cover

Brilliant Beacons” by Eric Jay Dolin, book cover

The Mariners’ Museum Lecture Series is made possible, in part, by support from:

Hunnicutt Lecture Fund
WHRO Public Media logo
Ferguson Cares logo

Civil War Lectures

This occasional series highlights the continuing story of the USS Monitor, which is unfolding everyday in the Batten Conservation Complex at The Mariners’ Museum. Mariners’ Museum and NOAA curatorial and conservation staff will present these informative, illustrated presentations in the Museum’s Explorers Theater Saturday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.

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, or call (757) 591-7726 or email contact@USSMonitorFoundation.org.

 

Saturday, February 13, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Presented by: Will Hoffman, Project Manager and Senior Conservator, USS Monitor Project

“View the Monitor Through Photos”

Although there aren’t any known photographs of the interior of USS Monitor showing spaces such as the officer’s quarters or engine room and its machinery; much of the interior of the ironclad can still be seen through other documentation of the period such as photographs of other ironclad, drawing, and engravings etc. Please join us on an hour long tour through the “Cheesebox-on-a-raft” and get an inside view of the ship! Learn why people lined up to see the inside of this revolutionary vessel!

Saturday, March 12, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Presented by: Hannah Piner, Coordinator, USS Monitor Center & Foundation

“New Navy Monitors”

At the turn of the 20th century, the US Navy made 10 “New Navy” Monitors. The first five were rebuilt from parts of Civil War Monitors, but were completely redesigned. These ships were slightly more sea-worthy than their predecessors, but were already outdated by the time of their manufacture. This was due, in large part, to their completion timelines which sometimes took more than 20 years. However, the Navy continued to use these ships until 1937. The USS Monitor, CSS Virginia, and other ironclads made a lasting impression on the US Navy that continues even today.

Saturday April 9, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Presented by: Chelsea Freeland, Maritime Archaeologist

“A Statistical Study of Modern Greece cargo: Blockade Running off Fort Fisher, NC”

On June 27, 1862, the blockade-runner Modern Greece ran aground off the coast of Wilmington, NC. Modern Greece was within reach of the guns of Fort Fisher, protecting the vessel from the Union blockaders attempting to ignite the ship and its goods. But, not all of the cargo was salvaged from the ship during the war. There are several hypotheses for why only some of the cargo was saved: from a surplus of supplies in Wilmington to an unknown force stopping the salvage attempts. Why were some materials saved, while others were left to the sea?

Saturday May 14, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Presented by: John V. Quarstein, Director, USS Monitor Center & Foundation

“Ramming Speed – The Rise & Fall of the Ram as a Naval Weapon”

The advent of ship-mounted artillery, as proven during the 7 October, 1571 battle of Lepanto, proved the power of musket and cannon over ram and crossbow. It was Confederate Secretary of the Navy, Stephen Russell Mallory, who recognized that, if you built a shot-proof warship, it would be capable of ramming enemy ships without fear of destruction. Consequently, rams became a feature in every Confederate warship and influenced ship design until the introduction of the HMS Dreadnought in 1906, which featured long range heavy (10-inch) guns.

Saturday June 11, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Presented by: Will Hoffman, Project Manager & Senior Conservator, USS Monitor Monitor Project

“Where are we in the conservation of the Turret?”

Here at the Monitor Center we often get asked, “What’s happening with the treatment of the turret?” To hear the answer to that question, this presentation is for you! The lecture will discuss the treatment of the turret to date and describe the current and projected plans for the long-term preservation of the giant artifact.