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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 are FREE, and hosted on Zoom unless noted otherwise. Advance registration is required.

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Upcoming lectures:

The Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP):
Visual Historians of our Coast Guard

Thursday, August 26, 2021 • 7 p.m. (ET)

Karen Loew, COGAP artist and Chair of the COGAP Committee/Salmagundi Club,

FREE. Advance registration is required.

Come spend a delightful evening online with COGAP artist Karen Loew, who will present the engaging story of the many vital missions of the USCG as captured in fine art for the Coast Guard collection.

About the lecture:
“We immortalize in our paintings and drawings those who courageously serve our country in the United States Coast Guard.” – Karen Loew

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Coast Guard Art Program. COGAP member artists come from all over the United States and volunteer their time, talent, and paintings in honor of our Coast Guard. These images bring to life the multi-missions performed by the Coast Guard and vividly demonstrate the Service’s contributions to the country.

Frank Gaffney is this year’s winner of COGAP’s George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence – the program’s best in show award. Frank and Karen have contributed a combined total of 43 paintings to COGAP. Karen will share stories of COGAP artists, how they select their subjects, and what is next on their easels.

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

September 24, 2020
Presented by Eric Jay Dolin, best-selling author

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

October 22, 2020
Presented by Buddy Levy, author and journalist

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Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars

November 12, 2020
Presented by Andrew Rader, author and SpaceX mission manager

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Virginia Waterways and the Stories of Freedom Seekers in the Underground Railroad

February 4, 2021
Presented by Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, author and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Norfolk State University

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Robert N. Macomber & John V. Quarstein

War in the Tropics: Two Authors Talk About the Role of
Florida and the Caribbean in the Civil War

March 11, 2021
Presented by Robert N. Macomber and John V. Quarstein, renowned historians and authors

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Guiding Lights:The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

April 8, 2021
Presented by Shona Riddell, author

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MUSEUMS: Behind the Scenes with Leslie Mueller

May 20, 2021
Presented by Leslie Mueller, host of the television series Museum Access

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