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National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebración!

National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebración!

September 18 • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$1 admission. Free for Mariners’ Museum Members.

The museum will be offering a daylong in-gallery commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Guests can visit several stations throughout the galleries that discuss a variety of topics related to Hispanic history and culture.

Meet community partners Elena Valdez, PhD, from Christopher Newport University and Old Dominion University’s Martha Daas, PhD. Valdez, who is a Spanish lecturer at CNU, will serve as a guest speaker presenting on the water spirits from Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions. Daas, the Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish at ODU, will be stationed in the Museum’s galleries and share the intersection of food and culture in the Hispanic world.

From ancient peoples of South America to Spanish artists and art in our Collection – there will be much to learn and see.


The Moche People of Peru

Presenter: Jennifer Hackney
Museum Senior Material Culture Educator

➤ IN PERSON Gallery Station

About the presentation:
The Moche people of Peru were expert artisans who crafted objects unlike other Andean cultures. In order to celebrate them and other Pre-Columbian artisans, some of their artifacts will be temporarily on display.




Martha Daas, PhD

Foodways of the Americas and Caribbean

Special Guest: Martha Daas, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Old Dominion University

➤ IN PERSON Gallery Station

About the presentation:
Food is a language that everyone understands. Food is personal and political: communities and identities are forged in the kitchen. By examining the intersection of food and culture in the Hispanic world, we can begin to understand how food, cooking, and eating rituals emphasize national, ethnic, and personal identities.

Dr. Martha Daas has dedicated her life to international education and has taught language and culture at Old Dominion University for almost 20 years. Currently, Dr. Daas is the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures and an executive officer of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. She also holds a Ph.D. in Spanish, and publishes widely on medieval studies and food culture.


Dr. Elena Valdez

When Ochún Meets Yemayá

Special Guest: Dr. Elena Valdez
Spanish lecturer in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Christopher Newport University

➤ IN PERSON Lecture: 1 p.m.
Location: McMullen Classroom

About the presentation:
This talk explores the historical and artistic representations of Ochún and Yemayá, water spirits from Afro-Caribbean spiritual traditions. With roots in the West African Yoruba religion, these deities were brought over to the New World via the transatlantic slave trade. It is believed that their protective energy and nurturing powers that help in matters of self love, healing, fertility, sexuality and beauty come from their nourishing waters.

Elena Valdez received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. At Christopher Newport University, Professor Valdez teaches courses on Spanish-Speaking Caribbean literature and Latina/o literature, as well as Spanish language courses.

José María López Mezquita and the Mariners’ Hispanic Origins 

Presenter: Kyra Duffley
Museum Digital Content Specialist 

➤ IN PERSON Gallery Station

About the presentation:
Get a glimpse into Mariners’ co-founder Archer Huntington and his lifelong love and sincere admiration for Hispanic life and culture. As told by an exploration of his relationship with and commissions of Hispanic Artist, José María López Mezquita, learn how The Mariners’ Museum and Park became a part of the Portuguese boat Moliceiro’s second life.

Check out this episode of Beyond the Frames where Kyra examines the life of the Museum’s Portuguese Moliceiro as told through a 1933 painting of the boat by the Spanish artist Mezquita.

Tripulantes y Flotas

Presenter: Marc Nucup
Public Historian, The Mariners’ Museum

➤ IN PERSON Gallery Station

About the presentation:
Learn about the ships and men of the Spanish merchant fleet that spanned the globe in the 16th and 17th centuries.



Hispanic Representation Aboard Titanic

Presenter: Wisteria Perry
Museum Community Outreach Manager

➤ IN PERSON Gallery Station

Hear about passenger and crew members from Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and Argentina who were on board the fateful ship when it sank.



FREE Virtual Evening Lecture
September 30 • 7 p.m. (ET)

Venture with author John S. Sledge for an evening as he shares maritime stories of memorable people from the Gulf of Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. This lecture is part of The Mariners’ Museum celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Gulf of Mexico, a Maritime History

Presented by John S. Sledge
Author and senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission

About the lecture:
Discover a fascinating world found in the Gulf of Mexico basin as author John S. Sledge introduces an array of entrancing people connected to maritime life in the Gulf. From Maya priests, French pirates, African American stevedores, and Greek sponge divers, Sledge’s work on the Gulf illuminates both the risks of life on the water and the riches that come from its bounty.
John S. Sledge is senior architectural historian with the Mobile Historic Development Commission. He is the author of seven books on Gulf coast history and architecture, including “The Mobile River,” and “Southern Bound: A Gulf Coast Journalist on Books, Writers, and Literary Pilgrimages of the Heart.”

➤  Virtual Evening Lecture: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 • 7 p.m. (ET)
FREE, registration required.

Click here for details and to register!