2014 Civil War Lecture Series

2014 Civil War Lecture Series

This occasional series highlights important dates surrounding the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. Mariners’ Museum staff and volunteers will present these informative, illustrated lectures. These lectures are free with Museum admission.

January 18
Exploring and Photographing Civil War Shipwrecks

Maritime Archaeologist Joe Hoyt will discuss the world of technical diving on Civil War shipwrecks including the Monitor. He and his colleagues are pioneering new methods of photo-documenting the Civil War’s great shipwrecks.

March 22
USS Monitor’s Turret Reveals Her Secrets

USS Monitor Center Director Dave Krop will share some of the most interesting stories and secrets discovered while archaeologists and conservators performed excavations and treatments within the revolving gun turret. He will also share some of the unknown mysteries and questions that still need to be solved.

May 10
It’s Alive: The Recreation of USS Monitor’s Worthington Pumps

Conservator William Hoffman will discuss the multi-year collaborative effort to reproduce a full-size working replica of Monitor’s Worthington pumps utilizing historic metal casting methods, modern analytical and machining methods, as well as an assist from the modern parent company of Worthington. See Will breathe life in this historic pump.

July 19
Play Ball: America’s National Pastime during the Civil War

Assistant Conservator Kate Sullivan will discuss the role of the Civil War in making baseball what it is today: America’s National Pastime.

September 6
Musical Monitors and Melodious Merrimacs: The Battle of Hampton Roads in Music and Poetry

2:30 PM in the Explorers Theater

Join curator Anna Holloway as she explores the music and literature inspired by the Battle of Hampton Roads - from the 19th century to today.

December 13
The Gale that Sank the Monitor

2:30 PM in the Explorers Theater

Jay Moore, Mariners’ Museum archivist and manager of NOAA’s USS Monitor Collection, describes in incredible detail how foul weather off the North Carolina coast ultimately led to Monitor’s demise in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.