Looking for a program for your civic organization or special-interest group? The Speakers Bureau at The Mariners’ Museum is composed of experienced volunteers and professionals. They will bring to your venue the vastness, importance and energy of Maritime topics & more.
Presentations are approximately 40 minutes long. Presenters will supply laptop & projector unless these items are available at the site of presentation.
There is no charge for this community service in the Hampton Roads area. However, donations are gratefully accepted and go to the support of our educational mission. For groups outside the Hampton Roads area, a small fee may be accessed to cover travel costs.
Carson is passionate about history. He is a practicing military and social historian, published author, Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, and circus fire-eater. He lectures regularly at museums and colleges on a wide variety of subjects, but his particular interests are the Civil War, colonial witchcraft & piracy, and the history of American popular music. In his spare time he likes to sleep.
Ron is a Tidewater native. Born in Portsmouth, he was educated first at Old Dominion College (yes it was just a college back then) where he met his wife, Chris, then finished his education at an out-of-state institution. He is retired as a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) for New York Life Investment Management and NYLIFE Securities. He is also credited with the invention of dark chocolate candy. His only child is an Infant Cardiac Care practitioner in Phoenix, AZ where she and her husband have absconded with Ron’s granddaughter, Emma. Emma, the bright and beautiful, is 16 and studying theater arts. Photos are available!
As a kid Ron fell in love with The Mariners’ Museum. This year marks his 24th year as a volunteer docent; he is a Museum Patron, the Past Chairman of the Bronze Door Society and an educator. He has created and delivered Museum programs for CNU’s Life Long Learning program, the Christopher Wren Society, the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, the Poquoson Buy Boat Festival and others and has taught classes through Mariners’ IVC virtual classroom, and instructed new interpreters in the presentation of the Museum’s numerous galleries. He was awarded the Docent Educator of the Year in 2007, received the Robert Strasser Memorial Award in 2012 and the Gene Cooney Memorial award in 2016. Ron is a very active member of The Museum’s Speakers’ Bureau and of the Hampton Roads Ship Model Society and he is currently restoring some of the models damaged in the 2012 fire at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.
Russ is a Docent with a specialty in the history of the USS Monitor. He has given numerous lectures on behalf of The Mariners’ Museum to various groups on the life of sailors aboard USS Monitor. Russ is a USAF veteran, retiring as a Colonel with Command Pilot Wings where he was recognized for his work as a war/contingency planner and a reconnaissance and surveillance expert. He served multiple tours as an exchange officer or coordinator with US Navy commands and in international joint commands. After retiring from the USAF he worked as an analyst, engineer, and manager for a large defense contractor. Russ holds a BS degree from the US Air Force Academy & an MA degree from the University of Nebraska. His ties to the sea include seascape painting, aquatic sports, underwater exploring, boating, renovating a beach house & study of maritime history.
Dan grew up on, in, and around the waters of southern New Jersey, where he was regaled in tales of his grandfather’s and great grandfather’s careers as US Navy officers and Inspectors for the US Lighthouse Service, as well as his great, great grandfather’s service as a Civil War surgeon. After college, Dan went to Yorktown, VA to begin a three-year tour in the US Coast Guard, but he had entirely too much fun to leave as planned. In his 25 years of Coast Guard service, he performed a wide variety of duties including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, port safety and security, environmental safety, personnel management and training, and inter-service emergency planning. He retired as a Captain, after serving his final tour as Chief of the Reserve Programs Division in Coast Guard Headquarters. Subsequently, Dan taught science and math at StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, VA for ten years, and has been an active leader for the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years. He is a regular volunteer with the Education Department and other programs at the Mariners’ Museum, and in his spare time (i.e., during his granddaughter’s afternoon naps) he is an avid researcher in a wide range of topics relating to maritime and military history.
Ed is a retired newspaper sports editor and sports columnist. He has won 91 journalism awards in his career, and three times was named one of the top five sports columnists in the United States. Ed is a journalism graduate of Auburn University, a member of Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, and a member of Who’s Who among American teachers awarded during his journalism retirement while teaching high school history, rhetoric and literature. He earned a Virginia teaching certificate in English through Virginia Wesleyan University and a Certificate in Military Strategy and Policy through the Old Dominion University Masters of History program. He currently manages a CPA firm in Newport News.