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Maritime Topic Lectures

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Select dates at 1 p.m. (EST)

Love all things maritime? Hear from select Mariners’ Museum staff and experienced volunteers within our Speakers’ Bureau program as they give presentations on numerous maritime topics (and more) with great energy and importance as a free community service!


Upcoming Lectures:



Forgotten Faces of the Titanic

April 14, 2021 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presenter: Wisteria Perry, manager of interpretation and community outreach

About the presentation:
When the tragic tale of Titanic is told, we often focus on the famous names: Astor, Guggenheim, Straus. But among the thousands who sailed on that fateful voyage, there are many stories that are overlooked. Come hear stories of those passengers from all over the world, including China, Haiti, and Egypt, and a few survivors who ended up here in Hampton Roads.



Ancient Greek Coinage

April 21, 2021 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presenter: Jennifer Hackney, material culture educator at The Mariners’ Museum and Park

About the presentation:
The Lydians produced the first known government minted coins around 625 BC, but it was soon after that Greeks followed suit. Explore the history and aesthetics of coinage specific to Ancient Greece while getting a closer look at some of the oldest items in the Museum’s Collection. There might even be a counterfeit coin in the mix!



A Parson’s Son Goes To Sea

May 12, 2021 • 1:00 p.m. (EST)

Presented by Ron Lewis, docent at The Mariners’ Museum

About the presentation:
Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson. A name as well-known around the world as Christopher Columbus, Napoleon or even the President of the United States. How did this fame come to pass? Every leader must have a mixture of both arrogance and humility. Nelson certainly did. But these characteristics must be in balance. Nelson tended to show his humble, almost spiritual side in private or in close company for all his heroism. In public, he often became the quintessential “Master Thespian,” playing the hero’s role to the hilt! We’ll explore the enigma that was Nelson – his life and the legends that surrounded him, the ships he sailed in, the conflicts and the battles lost and gained, the men in his life, and the women! And we’ll analyze and critique the final battle that won him global acclaim, Trafalgar.



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