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Virtual Programming


While we can’t physically be with you in our beloved Museum, we will do our best to bring the Museum to YOU through unique and interactive virtual programming!

Through virtual lectures and workshops, we will continue to share incredible stories that show how we are all connected through the world’s waters, and hopefully learn something together along the way. Keep checking back to this page as new programming options get added! You can also access any virtual lectures or programs that you may have missed under the Programming Video Archives section.

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Civil War Lectures


Please join John Quarstein, renowned historian and director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, as he presents a 30-minute virtual presentation about the intriguing maritime history of the Civil War. This long-running series explores the ships, personalities, technologies, and battles that would shape our nation for the next 150 years.

Civil War lectures are free, but an account is needed to submit questions or comments.

Below is a list of upcoming lectures:

USS Roanoke: The Three-Turreted Monster

September 25, 2020 • 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by author and historian John V. Quarstein

Learn about a redesigned ship that became the first ironclad with more than two gun turrets. The Merrimack-class steam screw frigate USS Roanoke was built at the Gosport Navy Yard. Commissioned in 1857, the frigate became the flagship of the Home Squadron. When the American Civil War erupted, Roanoke captured several blockade runners and fought during the Battle of Hampton Roads in March 1862. Noting how the Confederates had transformed their Merrimack into the ironclad CSS Virginia, the Union converted the wooden Roanoke into an ironclad at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The new Roanoke featured three turrets; however, the extra weight of the iron made the vessel unstable. The ship spent the rest of the war in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and was sold for scrap in 1883.

 

 

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Family-Friendly Programs


Check back as Maritime Mondays will be returning online soon!

 

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Evening Lectures


Evening Lectures cover a wide range of maritime topics and are presented by nationally and internationally recognized authors, filmmakers, historians, scientists and other experts in their fields. Lectures for 2020 are FREE.

Books by featured authors can be purchased online, and we invite you to support the Museum when you shop Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

Below is a list of upcoming lectures:

 

A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes

September 24, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin

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.

His latest book, A Furious Sky, spans centuries from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’s New World voyages to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico three years ago. Dolin’s narrative is populated with unlikely heroes such as Benito Viñes, the 19th-century Jesuit priest whose methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and journalist Dan Rather, whose coverage of a 1961 hurricane would change broadcasting history. A necessary work of environmental and cultural history, A Furious Sky will change the way we understand the greatest storms on Earth, looming on the horizon of America’s future.

Viewers are welcome to send Eric comments or questions, which he will answer following the lecture.

We invite you to support the Museum when you shop Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

 


 

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

October 22, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by author Buddy Levy

Self-proclaimed author, speaker, entertainer, and bon vivant, Buddy Levy has published seven books, including his latest bestseller, Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition. Based on Levy’s exhaustive research, this is the incredible true story of one of the most harrowing adventures in the annals of polar exploration.

About the presentation: 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.

Levy, an expeditionary travel writer and journalist, has covered the world from the Amazon to the Sahara. Many will recognize him as the co-star of HISTORY Channel’s hit docuseries Brad Meltzer’s Decoded. A professor at Washington State University, Levy lives in Idaho.

Image credit: Courtesy of Alaina Mullin.

Online Registration – Coming Soon

We invite you to support the Museum when you shop Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

 


 

Chasing the Cup: Sailing’s Highest Prize

November 19, 2020 • 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by America’s Cup commentator, Tucker Thompson

Join award-winning TV commentator, producer, and America’s Cup host Tucker Thompson, for a sneak peek into the next America’s Cup, sailing’s highest prize. On a nationwide speaking tour featuring New York Yacht Club American Magic, Thompson returns to share the storied history of the oldest international trophy in sports. He will give an insider’s look at the Cup’s new class of boat – AC75, foiling monohulls – considered to be the future of Cup racing. Sailors and fans of the Museum’s Speed and Innovation gallery will hear about NYYC American Magic, and have insight on what to expect in New Zealand in March 2021 when all eyes will be following the 36th America’s Cup.

Sponsored in part by The Moorings®, Quantum Sails, Regatta Craft Mixers, and SeaDek.

Image credit: Courtesy of Tucker Thompson.

Viewers may submit questions to Tucker during or at the end of his via Chat and he will answer them at the end.

 

Be sure to register in advance as this presentation will not be rebroadcast.  

 

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Popular Maritime Topics


Love all things maritime? Join select Mariners’ Museum staff and experienced volunteers online for a free lecture series packed with vastness, importance and energy of maritime topics and more.

Below is a list of upcoming lectures:

The Death and Resurrection of the Mary Rose

October 7, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, longtime Mariners’ Museum volunteer

On July 19th, 1545, King Henry VIII watched from ashore as the Mary Rose, one of his mightiest warships, led the English Fleet to meet a much larger invading French armada. As the ship approached the enemy, Mary Rose unexpectedly heeled to one side and promptly sank, carrying several hundred sailors and soldiers to sudden death. Horrible and tragic as this was, it resulted in an extraordinary time capsule which preserved a vast trove of hitherto unknown details about the ships of the Tudor era, their armament, their crew, and even a dog that lived onboard. The wreck was discovered in 1971, raised in 1982, and today is the centerpiece of an extraordinary museum that should be on the “bucket list” of every naval history enthusiast.

Online Registration – coming soon!

 


The Voyages of Columbus

October 14, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!


The Other Ironclads

October 21, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!


The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree

October 28, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!


Civil War Naval Operations in Virginia’s Waters

November 11, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!


The Hundred Year Race

December 9, 2020 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Dan Wood, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

More information about this topic and a link to online registration coming soon!


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Hampton Roads History Lectures


Join us for this virtual, free lecture series on select Fridays at noon. John V. Quarstein, noted historian, author, and director emeritus of USS Monitor Center, along with special guest speakers, will dive into significant events in our nation’s history and examine their direct ties to the Hampton Roads region. 

Below is a list of upcoming lectures:

 

Airship Roma 

September 18, 2020 • 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by special guest speaker Nancy Sheppard

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 learn about the men that served on board in this story filled with heroism, intrigue, love, and loss.

Viewers are welcome to send Nancy comments or questions, which she will answer following the lecture.

Viewers are welcome to send Nancy comments or questions, which she will answer following the lecture.

We invite you to support the Museum when you shop Amazon. Go to smile.amazon.com and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice. Thank you!

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Programming Video Archives:

Great news! You can access any of the live lectures, programs and workshops missed, and view at your convenience. We hope you learn something new while watching these videos!

    • May 1
      Lecture: Siege of Yorktown (Youtube)
    • May 6
      Workshop: Capture Nature on your Phone (Youtube)
    • May 15
      Lecture: Fort Fisher – The Gibraltar of the South (Youtube)
    • May 29
      Lecture: CSS Albemarle Emerges (Youtube)
    • June 5
      Lecture: Loss of CSS Albemarle (Youtube)
    • June 10
      Program: Build a Boat (Youtube)
    • June 12
      Lecture: Floating Sculptures – The Art of the Decoy (Youtube)
    • June 17
      Program: Monsters and Mermaids (Youtube)
    • June 19
      Lecture: Fort Fisher – The Fall of Gibraltar (Youtube)
    • July 10
      Lecture: Battle of the Head of the Passes – The First Ironclad Strikes (Youtube)
    • July 17
      Lecture: Capture of New Orleans – Farragut’s Rise to Fame (Youtube)
    • July 20
      Lecture: Naming Legacies from the Battle of Iwo Jima (Youtube)
    • July 27
      Lecture: Naming Legacies from the Battle of Okinawa (Youtube)
    • August 14
      Lecture: USS Mississippi – Ship of the Manifest Destiny (Youtube)
    • August 21
      Lecture: Confederate Pirates – Capture of the Streamer St. Nicholas (Youtube)
    • August 28
      Hampton Roads History Lecture: Founding of Newport News (Youtube)
    • September 11
      USS Hatteras: The First Warship Sunk by CSS Alabama  (Youtube)

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