Nathan Vernon Madison, author and historian
Author and Tredegar historian Nathan Vernon Madison will present a lecture chronicling the history of The Tredegar Iron Works, the company the Confederate government tasked with fabricating the armor-plating of the Confederacy’s first ironclad, the CSS Virginia. He will discuss and show newly-rediscovered diagrams by those workmen who labored on the vessel, explaining how the plating was constructed, as well as information pertaining to the life, education and careers of those workmen. Additionally, the entire history of the firm, from its origins in 1837 to its closure in 1957, and its subsequent transformation into one of Richmond’s most popular public and event venues, will be covered.
Nathan Vernon Madison is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington (BA) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MA). His newly-released book on the history of Tredegar Iron Works, Tredegar Iron Works: Landmarks (2015) is his first major work concerning local and industrial history. He also writes regarding the history of American popular culture, and has written several books, reference works, and articles on related topics. He also serves on the editorial board of the Pulp Magazines Project, a peer-reviewed, academic resource dedicated to the popular fiction of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He is a member of the Society for Industrial Archaeology; the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras, and the Virginia Association of Museums.