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Laurie King

Archaeological Conservator

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  • On the Same Team: LGBTQ+ in the Navy

    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Women's History

    While the military at this time was officially against allowing LGBTQ+ identifying people into the military, they also were desperate for more service members. So in some ways, there was a similar mentality to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of the 1990s and 2000s.

  • HRPE in WWII: Hawaii comes to Hampton Roads!

    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Women's History

    While the Women’s Army Corps was founded on May 15, 1942 (then the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) they did not recruit women living in Hawaii until October of 1944. This was because Hawaii was technically still a territory, and did not become a state until 1959.

  • USS Monitor: Oil Reservoirs

    • Conservation
    • Technology
    • USS Monitor

    Oil reservoirs are a tool commonly found on USS Monitor‘s engine. Also known as an oil cup or lubricating cup, they were used on steam engines to keep valves and levers constantly lubricated.

  • Dahlgren Gun Tools: an In-Depth Look at Treatment, Part III

    • Conservation
    • USS Monitor

    In this blog post we’ll continue the discussion about one of USS Monitor’s gun cleaning tools, and the conservation treatment it has undergone.

  • Make a little birdhouse in your….tank farm?

    • Conservation
    • Wildlife

    We’ve had our fair share of animal interactions in the Conservation Lab. With the Park surrounding the Museum, and the tank farm (outdoor tanks for storing large objects) so close to the woods, we expect to get the occasional turtle, goose, or squirrel coming to inspect our work. What we didn’t expect was to have a several-year-long battle with….bluebirds.

  • Dahlgren Gun Tools: an In-Depth Look at Treatment, Part II

    • Conservation
    • Science
    • Technology
    • USS Monitor

    In this blog post we’ll continue the discussion about one of USS Monitor’s gun cleaning tools, and the conservation treatment it has undergone.

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