Bitter Waters: America’s Forgotten Naval Mission to the Dead Sea
Presented by best-selling author David Haward Bain
Lecture begins at 7:00 PM
FREE for Members; $5 for guests
Come hear the fascinating tale about two Virginians, Lieutenant William Francis Lynch and his friend Matthew Fontaine Maury, from best-selling author David Haward Bain in his book, Bitter Waters. In 1848, an American exploring expedition was sent to the Holy Land to solve geographical puzzles and reply to ancient superstitions with modern scientific reasoning. Lynch, in command of USS Supply, led a small land party inland from the Mediterranean shore in Palestine, hauling two metal lifeboats for the sacred River Jordan and the Dead Sea, through often hostile Arab tribal lands.
The compelling story of Lynch’s exploits, and Maury’s parallel 19th-century journey, in helping to modernize the American Navy and perfecting the US National Observatory, “details one of the most hazardous, yet by now almost forgotten, attempts to roll back the veil of mystery and legend and reveal scientific truths,” as noted in the Roanoke Times.
Purchase an advance copy of Bitter Waters from the Museum’s online store, and pick it up at your convenience. You can also buy the book in the Museum shop on the day of the lecture.RSVP Here