The 2016 Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum Lecture Series concludes on September 8, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. with a “Tea and History” program. Join us for a cup of tea and hear award-winning historian and author John V. Quarstein speak about the history of America’s oldest shipyard, known today as Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Gosport’s watery advantages make it easy to see why this area was the birthplace of Naval activity in the US. Historian John Quarstein will discuss Gosport’s early history, follow it through to the era of the US Navy’s acquisition of the shipyard, and its effects on Naval history thereafter.

Quarstein is currently the Director of the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. He served as historian for the city of Hampton’s 400th anniversary, and previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum in Newport news, and as consultant to the USS Monitor Center.

The author of 15 books, his titles include A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood, and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad, which received the 2012 Henry Adams Prize for excellence in historical literature. He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries including the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, a 2007 Silver Telly Award Winner.

The lecture is being held at the Coleman Room of the Churchland Branch of the Portsmouth Public Library, located at 4934 High Street West, Portsmouth, Virginia, 23703, at 4:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 8. Parking at the library is free, as is admission to the lecture.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum researches, preserves, and promotes the history of the City of Portsmouth, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and the armed forces in Hampton Roads. The museum accomplishes its mission by offering exhibitions, publications, lectures, and educational programs. Three times a year, the Friends of the museum present lectures on relevant topics for the general public.

Contact: Diane Cripps, Curator of History
Portsmouth Museums
(757) 393-8591
crippsd@portsmouthva.gov

Media Contact:
Lynette James
Portsmouth Museums
(757)393-8983
jamesl@portsmouthva.gov