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Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, March 9 – 11

The Mariners’ Museum and NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads in Newport News on March 9-11, 2012.

Come visit The Mariners’ and participate in a variety of amazing activities, see the unveiling of digital facial reconstructions of human remains recovered from the Monitor, and attend the Civil War Navy Conference. The conference runs from Friday to Sunday and award-winning authors Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds are the headliners. Attend dozens of fun and informative lectures about all aspects of the Battle of Hampton Roads and other Civil War Navy topics delivered by national and international experts.

If an intellectual conference isn’t your idea of fun, we’ve partnered with some amazing organizations including NOAA, Museum of the Confederacy, American Studies Department of Christopher Newport University, and Hampton Roads Naval Museum in order to put on a wide variety of events. These events are a Student Living History Day on Friday, an interactive spy game called Ironclad BattleQuest, Union and Confederate encampents and re-enactment demonstratiosn, vignettes and other programs.

But we’re not done yet! NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary staff will be releasing facial reconstructions of both Monitor crewmembers whose remains were discovered inside the revolving gun turret in 2002. These 3-dimensional digital facial reconstructions are being unveiled at The Mariners’ Museum for the first time! NOAA has been working diligently with partners to hopefully one day identify both sets of human remains. This work is still ongoing. Sanctuary Superintendant Dave Alberg will present this information during Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend.

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile will be at The Mariners’ Museum. It is an interactive “Museum on Wheels” housed in a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer. The HistoryMobile is sponsored by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission.

The Mariners’ will also host a motorcoach tour of significant sites on the Virginia Peninsula. Join John Quarstein and J. Michael Moore as they stop at Fortress Monroe, Lee Hall Plantation, Endview Plantation, and Gloucester Point. If you haven’t had the pleasure of riding with John and J. Michael, you are missing out!

We know you will have worked up a serious appetite after all these activities. Don’t worry, our 2nd Annual Battle of the Ironclad Chefs has you covered! Watch as two culinary experts utilize two very unique cooking styles, that of a plantation cook and that of a Union cook on the deck of the USS Monitor, to demonstrate their cooking prowess. They will give you a true taste of the Civil War.

I almost forgot to mention the daily behind-the-scenes tours of the USS Monitor Conservation laboratory at The Mariners’ Museum. Conservation experts will guide you through the lab and show you the most recently conserved artifacts and ongoing lab projects. And during this special weekend, you will have the opportunity to see USS Monitor‘s steam engine. Conservators will drain the engine treatment tank to allow lab visitors to take photos while standing just a few feet away from John Ericsson’s 20-ton steam engine!

This event is made possible due to generous sponsorships from Bank of America, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Southern Structural Steel, and Holiday Inn & Suites.

For more information about all these events, please check out the following link:

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