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Hampton Roads History: Airship ROMA A Forgotten Tragedy

September 26 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by Nancy E. Sheppard, special guest speaker

FREE with $1 Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the actual classroom and location of the lecture.

On February 21, 1922, the U.S. Army dirigible, ROMA, crashed in Norfolk. Killing 34 of the 45 brave officers, crew, and civilians on board, this was the single deadliest disaster of a U.S. hydrogen airship. Despite the bravery of the crew and the notoriety in American history, this disaster has been forgotten to history.

Join author and historian, Nancy E. Sheppard, as she takes you on ROMA’s harrowing journey to failure and get to know the men that served on board in this story filled with heroism, intrigue, love, and loss.

Attendees are welcome to join special guest speaker Nancy E. Sheppard after the lecture for a book signing.




September 26
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222