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Evening Lecture Series

  • Empire of Ice and Stone

    Prepare for an edge-of-your-seat evening when Buddy Levy, a favorite guest speaker of The Mariners’ Evening Lecture Series, returns to share the true, harrowing story of the ill-fated 1913 Canadian Arctic Expedition.

  • Investigating The Crime Of The Slave Ship Clotilda

    Dr. Natalie S. Robertson devoted 30 years of research, from Benin to Alabama, shares the story of Clotilda, the last American slave ship, and to tell the startling truth about the Clotilda smuggling crime.

  • Abraham Lincoln, the Black Man’s President

    For the first time in the history of the United States, black people saw the president as their president and the White House as their people’s house.

  • Icebound

    Icebound, a “gripping adventure tale” (Boston Globe) recounts of Dutch polar explorer William Barents’s three harrowing Arctic expeditions — the last of which in 1596 resulted in a relentlessly challenging year-long fight for survival.

  • The Arbornaut

    Journey with “CanopyMeg,” also nicknamed the “Real-Life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, as she takes us on an adventure into the “eighth continent” of the world’s treetops.

  • The Gulf of Mexico

    Join author John S. Sledge as he shares the history and heritage of the Gulf of Mexico, the earth’s 10th largest body of water, and one he lovingly calls a “beautiful, pocketed sea.”

  • The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP)

    These images bring to life the multi-missions performed by the Coast Guard and vividly demonstrate the Service’s contributions to the country.

  • Guiding Lights

    For centuries, lighthouses “manned” by dedicated keepers have guided vessels into harbors, their blinking lights providing a lifeline during storm-lashed nights. Some of those keepers were women, who kept the lamps lit night after night while also performing daring rescues and raising children.

  • War in the Tropics

    In this unforgettable exchange between renowned authors and historians, Robert and John will discuss the often misunderstood but crucial role of Florida and the surrounding Caribbean in the US Civil War.

  • Virginia Waterways and the Underground Rail Road

    From 1830 to 1860, the City of Norfolk was the center of maritime activities in Hampton Roads as the Port of Virginia. These waterways transported goods to points North and enslaved human beings to the Lower South to work on cotton plantations. Yet, these same waterways that condemned so many to hard labor, separating families and causing so much pain, were also used to secure freedom for thousands through a locally autonomous system that fed into a national underground railroad network.

  • Beyond the Known

    From brilliant young polymath Andrew Rader — an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and mission manager — an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel.

  • Labyrinth of Ice

    In July 1881, Lieutenant A.W. Greely and his crew of 24 scientists and explorers were bound for the last region unmarked on global maps. Their goal: Farthest North. What would follow was one of the most extraordinary and terrible voyages ever made. Labyrinth of Ice is the story of the heroic lives and deaths of these voyagers hell-bent on fame and fortune ― at any cost ― and how their journey changed the world.

  • A Furious Sky

    Hurricanes have had a profound and surprising impact on American history. Now, best-selling historian and author of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, Eric Jay Dolin returns to present a story on five hundred years of American hurricanes.

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