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Evening Virtual Lectures

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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:


Guiding Lights:
The Extraordinary Lives of Lighthouse Women

April 8 • 7 p.m. (EST)

Presenter: Shona Riddell, author

Join The Mariners’ Museum for an enlightening virtual lecture with Shona Riddell, an author who currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Shona will take you on a fascinating journey to some of the world’s most remote lighthouses as well as to some not so far away, and share inspiring stories of heroic lighthouse women through the ages.

Viewers are welcome to send Shona any comments or questions during the presentation, and she will answer them following the lecture.

About the lecture:
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.
Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet, most of their stories are little-known.Guiding Lights includes true stories from around the world, chronicling the lives of the extraordinary women who mind the world’s storm-battered towers. Whatever our perceptions of these stately towers of light, Guiding Lights illustrate real stories of women’s courage and dedication in minding the lights — then and now. Come hear how they continue to capture the public’s imagination and inspire us!

Pre-registration is required.
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Can’t make the virtual program live?
No problem! Many of our programs are uploaded to our YouTube Channel shortly afterwards.


Previous lectures:


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 • 7 p.m. (EST)
Robert N. Macomber and John V. Quarstein

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

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

Thursday, September 24, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Presented by best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

Labyrinth of Ice: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition

Thursday, October 22, 2020 • 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Presented by author and journalist Buddy Levy

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

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

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Presented by Andrew Rader

View this lecture on our Mariners’ Museum YouTube Channel

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

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