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Hampton Roads History Lectures

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Select Fridays at 12 p.m. (ET)

Take a look back in history as John V. Quarstein, noted historian, author, and director emeritus of USS Monitor Center, along with special guest speakers, share significant events about our nation’s history and examine their direct ties to the Hampton Roads region.

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Upcoming lectures:

Hampton Roads: The Birthplace of American Aircraft Carriers
May 14 @ 12:00 PM  (ET) 

Presented by John V. Quarstein, director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center, and Thomas Heinrich, author

About the presentation:

Hampton Roads was home to the first US Navy aircraft carrier, USS Langley, converted from the collier Jupiter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1922. Lexington-class conversions followed this flattop; however, the first keel-up aircraft carrier, USS Ranger, was constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding. These new ships revolutionized naval warfare during World War II.
Thomas Heinrich, chair of the Department of History at Baruch College, City University of New York, is the author of Warship Builders: An Industrial History Of U.S. Naval Shipbuilding, 1922-1945
Come hear Heinrich and fellow author John V. Quarstein discuss the development of aircraft carriers in Hampton Roads and the role area shipyards played in producing the fleet that defeated the Axis powers around the globe.

Image credit: Aircraft Carrier Ranger 1934. Thomas C. Skinner, artist. The Mariners’ Museum 934.1411.000001.

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Header image: Hampton Roads, Virginia, from official state map published in 1859. Public Domain.