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Hampton Roads History: The Apprentice School Celebrating a Century

February 8 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Presented by William A. Fox, 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.


William “Bill” Fox’s ties to Newport News Shipbuilding run deep. A respected naval architect, professional engineer, researcher, and writer, Fox was honored when the company asked him to write the centennial history of its renowned and nationally recognized Apprentice School.

Newport News Shipbuilding, founded in 1886, is the nation’s largest shipbuilder, building the world’s most complex ships – nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the US Navy. Its success is due in no small part to the Apprentice School, which has educated and trained more than 10,000 craftsmen and women, middle managers, and company executives over the last 100 years.

Informal apprentice training began early on. The school’s first certificate was awarded to machinist Norwood L. Jones in 1894. Today, the Apprentice School continues to train and educate hundreds of employees, with many becoming 40-year Master Shipbuilders. An industry icon, the school annually attracts more applicants than it can accept, and thousands of loyal alumni share the “Builders” spirit.

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. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.

Attendees are welcome to join author and special guest speaker Bill Fox after the lecture for a book signing.

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Details

Date:
February 8
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Venue

The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
Phone:
(757) 596-2222
Website:
https://www.marinersmuseum.org