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April 10, 2020 - May 9, 2020
Friday, April 10, 2020
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Civil War Discussion: Red River Campaign - CANCELED External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Visit the Museum on Friday afternoon to enjoy lunch in the Mariners' Park Cafe' while engaging in lively and informative Civil War discussions with renowned historian, John Quarstein. There is no charge to participate. Lunch will be available for purchase at the cafe'! //// Among the major features of the Union's offensive strategy in 1864 was to pressure the Confederates across all fronts, such as Union General Nathaniel Banks's march up the Red River Valley to conquer Shreveport, Louisiana, and East Texas. Banks's army of 35,000 men was supported by Admiral David Dixon Porter's Mississippi Squadron. The plan was conceived by General Henry Halleck and, in part, its purpose was to gather cotton for the Union. The Federals encountered problems from the start. Porter's squadron was almost trapped by the Alexandria Falls and the Federal army was soundly defeated by Confederate General Richard Taylor at the Battle of Mansfield.
FREE
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Civil War Lecture: French Forrest, CSN - CANCELED External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Venue: The Mariners? Museum and Park
French Forrest became a midshipman in 1811, and fought at the Battle of Lake Erie and during the capture of the HMS Peacock during the War of 1812. He was promoted to captain in 1844. During the Mexican War, Forrest commanded the naval forces during the siege of Vera Cruz. When the American Civil War erupted, Forrest was named flag officer in the Virginia Navy and assigned to be commandant of the Gosport Navy Yard. It was Forrest who guided the conversion of the USS Merrimack into the ironclad ram CSS Virginia. Forrest was then detailed to command the Office of Orders and Details until named commander of the James River Squadron from March 24, 1863, to May 6, 1864. He then served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy until the war's conclusion. Forrest died in 1866. //// The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm room location upon check in at Visitor Services. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited.
FREE with $1 Museum admission
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Historic Building & Home Tour External Event Page
Clarkdale, Arizona
Each year the Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum hosts an opportunity to step back in time to the days of company houses built by the United Verde Copper Company between 1913 and 1930. Save the date: Next Home Tour is April 18, 2020.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Rain Barrel Workshop - CANCELED External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Learn how to assemble a 55-gallon rain barrel which you can take home! In partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the City of Newport Waterworks Department, and the City of Newport News Recycling Office, The Mariners' Museum and Park is serving as a site host for the rain barrel workshops. //// Participants will be provided the guidance and tools to build a 55-gallon rain barrel to take home during the two-hour workshop. Discover how using a rain barrel can save you a significant amount of money in a season. /// Cost is $60.00 per 55-gallon rain barrel. Pre-registration is required, and registration is generally limited to 25 participants per workshop. To register, visit the Newport News Master Gardeners website at (https://www.nnmastergardeners.org/calendar-of-events) or call the Newport News VCE office at (757) 591-4838.
$60.00 per 55-gallon rain barrel
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Trekking the Model External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Join a Ranger or docent on a guided tour of the Bay Model, a 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Discover the stories of the two major operations that took place at this location between 1942 - 2000.
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Saturdays in the Garden External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Interested in learning more about the Bay Model waterfront? Stop by the Native Plant Garden on Saturdays to enjoy the garden and learn the latest about natural resources and recreational opportunities on Richardson Bay. Be sure to visit us on these Saturday afternoons for special activities.
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
National Junior Ranger Day External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Calling all aspiring Junior Rangers! Bring your most inquisitive young explorers by the Bay Model to explore this historic marvel through scavenger hunt, tours, garden activities, and waterfront exploration. Admission is always free, and each Junior Ranger will receive an engineer badge, stickers and other educational gift items.
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Earth Day: From Army Wings to Bird Wings External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Venue: Hamilton Park
In commemoration of Earth Day, learn about the US Army Corps of Engineers' involvement in the transformation of the former Hamilton Field, U.S. Army Airbase into 1000 acres of restored wetlands. Learn more about the USACE environmental mission and other projects. Hike is approximately a 1.5-miles round trip on a fairly easy stretch of the Bay Trail. Ranger Linda will be waiting for you at the S. Hamilton Park parking lot at the end of Hanger Road in Novato. Rain will cancel hike.
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Hampton Roads History Lecture: The Jamestown Exposition and Other 'Lost' Attractions Presented by special guest speaker Nancy E. Sheppard - CANCELED External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
In 1907, the grounds of Tidewater's only World's Fair, the Jamestown Tercentennial Exposition, opened its gates in Norfolk. In the months that followed, the Exposition hosted dignitaries, famous figures, and was a wondrous playground that launched the Great White Fleet from its piers. Join author and historian, Nancy E. Sheppard, as she takes you on a tour of this grand fair, learn more about its vital role in American history, its successes and failures, and what happened to the Exposition's legacy. /// The lecture will be held in a classroom in the Museum. Please confirm upon check in at Visitor Services the actual classroom and location of the lecture. Reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Attendees are welcome to join special guest speaker Nancy E. Sheppard after the lecture for a book signing.
FREE with $1 Museum admission
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Saturdays in the Garden External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Interested in learning more about the Bay Model waterfront? Stop by the Native Plant Garden on Saturdays to enjoy the garden and learn the latest about natural resources and recreational opportunities on Richardson Bay. Be sure to visit us on these Saturday afternoons for special activities.
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Sea Otter Conservation and Ecology in the 21st Century, Brent Hughes External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Having nearly been forced to extinction throughout much of their range in the 18th and 19th centuries, sea otters have made a remarkable comeback. Through their recovery, we are learning new things about their basic biology and ecology, which is forcing coastal scientists and managers to rethink the role of the sea otter in the 21st century. In this talk, Dr. Hughes will discuss the recently discovered habitats of the sea otter and how that relates to the ecology of nearshore ecosystems and their conservation moving forward. //// American Cetacean Society - SF Bay Chapter Admission is free. Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students //// Dr. Brent Hughes is an Assistant Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation at Sonoma State University. Research in his lab seeks to determine the processes that affect the stability of coastal ecosystems. His research centers around coastal habitats - seagrass, salt marsh, and kelp (aka foundation species) - which provide valuable ecosystem services yet are threatened by human activities. Currently, his research focuses on four themes: 1) the consequences of predator recovery on the functioning and stability of ecosystems, 2) the relative influence of climatic drivers and anthropogenic threats of coastal ecosystems, 3) the role of foundation species in structuring nearshore diversity and functioning and in turn the drivers maintaining foundation species stability, and 4) informing management and restoration on the processes that drive ecosystem resilience. //// Dr. Hughes received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Cruz (2014). His post-doctoral experience includes David H. Smith Research Conservation Fellowship at Duke University (2015-2017), University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018), and UC Santa Santa Cruz (2015). http://hughesecology.com/
Admission is free. Donations are encouraged, $10 general, $5 students
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clear Destination and Raw Imagination - Artist Reception External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Come and view environmental impressionist oil painter George Sumner paintings, celebrating his 80th orbit around the Sun! Sumner uses his art to promote and educate environmental causes worldwide! He was born and raised in San Francisco with art studios in Marin for over 50 years. His work is displayed at the Statue of Liberty, United Nations, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, University of California, Davis and additional museums and universities worldwide! //// An audio tour with part of this exhibit will be available on your mobile phone, iPad, or on sumner-studios.com with a description of the paintings by Donnalei Sumner, George's wife and business partner, celebrating 30 years of being together. //// April 7 - May 9, 2020 exhibition dates //// Reception: Sat. May 2, Noon-3pm
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Evening Lecture Series: Blood Money - The Caribbean's Crucial Role in the U.S. Civil War - Presented by author Robert N. Macomber External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Blockade-runners, Confederate ocean raiders, Union blockade squadrons, US Navy shipwrecks causing international incidents, clandestine arming of new warships, and desperate preparations for the final naval battle of the Civil War are all part of the action as Robert N. Macomber, an award-winning author and internationally acclaimed lecturer, takes a fascinating look at the Caribbean's role in the American Civil War. From the war's beginning to its tumultuous end, Spanish Cuba, the British Bahamas, French Mexico, and the Danish West Indies were the scenes of fantastic profits, naval skullduggery, and political intrigue, and Macomber will tell all. //// Best known for his 14 Honor Series novels, Macomber's maritime thrillers describe the life and career of his protagonist, US naval officer Peter Wake, from the Civil War in Florida to beyond the Spanish-American War in 1898. Admired across the globe for his work on the page and the stage, Macomber illuminates significant historical events with inimitable enthusiasm.
FREE for Members; $5 for guests
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.

Exhibitions

Sat, November 16, 2019 - Mon, September 7, 2020
Toys Ahoy! A Maritime Childhood External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Adventure is out there! Toys Ahoy! A Maritime Childhood is a new and fun exhibition that connects the young and the young at heart. ///// Most people may not think of toys as museum artifacts, but the toys are a reflection of our ideas of play and childhood. With almost 100 different items on display to excite everyone of all ages, the collection includes: children's books, interactive board games, card games, puzzles, toys such as wood and paper battleships and motorized miniature engines, and many other historic toys and collectibles from years gone by. ///// Visitors can fulfill their inner kid joy with family-friendly activities, such as: *Play a larger-than-life game inspired by the Battle of Hampton Roads // *Hop in a sailboat and "experience" life at sea // *Dress up as a scuba diver, pirate, or mermaid with silly hats // *Have fun with lots of puzzles and games // *Hear audio book readings // *View cool videos of toys at play, and more! ///// Come explore your childhood again and delight in this wonderful exhibition as you stroll down memory lane with Toys Ahoy! You can't help but smile and laugh as you reminisce over the incredible items that connect our past to the present, and maybe even get a glimpse into the future at America's National Maritime Museum!
Free with $1 admission
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Wed, January 1 - Mon, September 7, 2020
Seizing the Moment: The Evolution of Action Photography
Newport News, Virginia
Seizing the Moment, The Evolution of Action Photography features never before seen images from The Horace Havemeyer III Collection along with work by contemporary photographers, showing the evolution of marine photography from a documentary approach to more of an artistic perspective. The Havemeyer Collection includes gelatin silver prints by early 20th-century master marine photographers Edwin Levick and Morris Rosenfeld, as well as work by others. //// Levick and Rosenfeld pushed the limits of the photographic medium, capturing exciting, point-of-view images over a nine-year span. Levick's work often placed the viewer squarely on deck, seemingly as part of the action, while Rosenfeld worked for Levick before he opened his own studio in 1910. //// This one of a kind maritime collection was donated to The Mariners' Museum in 2015 as a significant gift in memory of Horace Havemeyer III, a native of New York and an avid sailor. Havemeyer?s grandfather purchased these photographs from Levick; and over the years, they were passed down to his son and then grandson, Horace III, who founded Metropolis magazine in 1981. He served as its president until his death in 2014. His wife, Eugenie C. Havemeyer, is now at the helm of this publication, which is considered the vanguard of architecture and design today.
Wed, January 1 - Sat, October 31, 2020
2020 Fundraiser Quilt Raffle External Event Page
Kettle Falls, Washington
"Mothers of the Morning Sun" created by local artist BUTCH BOVAN. Tickets on sale at the Center or purchase directly from our Board Members & Volunteers. $1.00 each. Need not be present to win - We will ship free in USA - Winning ticket to be drawn October 2020. Go to our website to see the quilt. If interested in tickets by mail, EMAIL US
For more information, please email kfhc@kettlefallshistoricalcenter.com.
Wed, January 1 - Thu, December 31, 2020
Monthly 2nd Sunday Friendly Hours for a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience?  External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Have a family member, friend, or loved one that needs a tailored museum experience? Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month! /////// Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. ///// Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming. ////// PLEASE NOTE: This is a recurring event that takes place on the second Sunday of every month. Hours are 9AM-11AM from January through May, and September through December. Hours change in the summer for May, June and July from 5PM-7PM.
$1 per person - Space is limited, so please register in advance to let us know you are coming.
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Mon, March 2 - Mon, December 28, 2020
Maritime Mondays - Every Monday at 10:30 AM External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with $1 Museum admission. Fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. This program is designed for children from 18 months to 8 years.
This program is included in the $1 Museum admission. FREE for Mariners' Museum Members.
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Tue, April 7 - Sat, May 9, 2020
Clear Destination and Raw Imagination - Art Exhibition External Event Page
Sausalito, California
Come and view environmental impressionist oil painter George Sumner paintings, celebrating his 80th orbit around the Sun! Sumner uses his art to promote and educate environmental causes worldwide! He was born and raised in San Francisco with art studios in Marin for over 50 years. His work is displayed at the Statue of Liberty, United Nations, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, University of California, Davis and additional museums and universities worldwide! //// An audio tour with part of this exhibit will be available on your mobile phone, iPad, or on sumner-studios.com with a description of the paintings by Donnalei Sumner, George's wife and business partner, celebrating 30 years of being together. //// April 7 - May 9, 2020 exhibition dates Reception: Sat. May 2, Noon-3pm
Free
For more information, please call 415-289-3007 or email susan@susansearway.com.
Mon, April 13 - Thu, April 16, 2020
Texas Association of Museums 2020 Conference - POSTPONED External Event Page
Bryan-College Station, Texas
Tradition Meets Innovation. Various Venues in Bryan-College Station. April 13, 2020 12:00 PM to April 16, 2020 12:00 PM.
Wed, April 15 - Sat, April 18, 2020
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums 2020 ANNUAL MEETING - CANCELED External Event Page
ALAMOSA, Colorado
Every year, we invite you to enjoy three days of professional development and gain practical ideas and insights from museum experts. Attend conference sessions, expand your professional network and build friendships, share your ideas with colleagues, take local museum and sight-seeing tours, and more. The CWAM annual meeting will provide new inspiration to make your work more effective whether you’re new to the field or an experienced museum professional.
Thu, April 16 - Fri, April 17, 2020
Mississippi Museum Assoc 2020 Conference & Annual Meeting - CANCELED External Event Page
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Venue: Hotel Indigo
Join us in Hattiesburg Mississippi for the 2020 MMA Conference & Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17, 2020. The conference provides opportunities for professional development, workshops, and networking with peers from across the state. The Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Museums Association will also be held during the conference. //// The 2020 MMA Conference host hotel is Hotel Indigo. This newly opened hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Hattiesburg and across the street from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Sun, April 19 - Tue, April 21, 2020
2020 Annual Pennsylvania tatewide Museum Conference External Event Page
Pittsburgh,
The Strategic Museum: Mission in Community. Pittsburgh has risen from a distressed, rust belt city to become one of the most livable communities in the country using a strategy that focused on culture, environmental remediation and recreation, asset-based development, and financial investment. Museums have been part of this strategy and have transformed the neighborhoods in which they operate. Institutions in Pittsburgh show how museums can support both the people and the communities around them even in the face of the challenges that present themselves. Pittsburgh offers us an opportunity to look closely at how museums can help to build more successful communities and at museums that have grown as a part of community development that recognized and valued history and culture. //// PA Museums’ annual meeting will be in Pittsburgh, April 19-21, 2020, and our attendees will enjoy the city’s powerful culture and heritage. Our museum community will connect and learn as we enjoy special events showcasing our member museums, educational sessions and excellent speakers, honoring the winners of our annual Special Achievement Awards, and opportunities to connect with colleagues. ///// PA Museums invites you to join us for our 2020 conference to share best practices in advocacy, economic and community development, education, and cultural tourism as well as other areas.
Thu, April 23 - Mon, April 27, 2020
Museum Store Association FORWARD 2020 External Event Page
Cleveland, Ohio
Venue: Huntington Convention Center
Save the date for our next Retail Conference & Expo: April 23-27 in the “Rock and Roll Capital of the World.” Whether viewing Monets and Picassos at the Cleveland Museum of Art or rocking out to music legends inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland is a city that mixes equal parts grit and sophistication. //// Join fellow nonprofit retail professionals from around the world at this annual gathering to connect, learn, and do business. MSA will leverage its trusted relationship within the industry to assemble a line-up of expert speakers who will teach you how to become a Retail Rock Star. Discover the latest nonprofit retail trends and most innovative new strategies you can use to improve your cultural institution. Explore the expo hall to rock out with new vendors and ensure you’re offering the most cutting-edge products available!
Sun, May 3 - Mon, August 3, 2020
The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival - POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2020 - Dates Pending External Event Page
Newport News, Virginia
May 3rd date is being rescheduled. /// Great beer, good food, and live music! The eighth annual Mariners' Craft Beer Festival will feature more than 50 craft beers for tasting from over 20 local, regional, and national breweries in the unique setting of The Mariners' Museum's outdoor courtyards. Breweries will have representatives at each tasting tent to answer questions, and select brewery speakers will give "beer talks" on the hour from 1 - 3 p.m with a special sample at each talk. Live music will be provided by Hey! Hey! Hooligan and Esoteric Ramblers. Local food trucks on site. ///// The Festival will also include one-off beers to taste in the fan-favorite "Cask-Off" competition. A continuing tradition at this event, select breweries will prepare their best version of a cask ale. This unfiltered and unpasteurized beer is traditionally served through a hand pump at around room temperature. Event participants will vote for their favorite cask ale, and the winning brewery will receive a special prize. ///// Advance tickets are $35, and $45 for the day of the event. Members can purchase advance tickets for $30, and non-drinker tickets are available for $15. The ticket price includes a wristband for 20 (4-ounce) tastings, a commemorative tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and admission to the Museum for the day. Visit MarinersMuseum.org/BeerFest for tickets. ///// The brewery lineup for 2020 will include: [as of 2/13/20] Alewerks, Back Bay, Billsburg, Bold Rock, Bull Island, Caiseal, Cape Charles, Devils Backbone, Elysian, Golden Road, Goose Island, Heavy Seas, Larry's Lemonade, New Belgium, New Realm, O'Connor, Oozlefinch, Sly Clyde, Smartmouth, St. George, Starr Hill, That Damn Mary, Tradition, and Wicked Weed. Noon to 5 pm.
Tickets: Advance $35 / Day-of $45 / Non-drinker: $15
For more information, please call 757-596-2222 or email marketing@marinersmuseum.org.
Tue, May 5 - Fri, May 8, 2020
InterActivity 2020: PLAY The Long Game External Event Page
St. Louis, Missouri
Venue: The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
The Association of Children's Museums and The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum invite you to InterActivity 2020: PLAY The Long Game. As the state of childhood is ever-evolving, children's museums must be poised to support the changing needs and interests of young people and their families. Meet us in St. Louis to PLAY The Long Game as we explore ways that children's museums can prepare for the future while maintaining daily operations, meeting visitor demands, and becoming the community's ambassador for learning and play. //// The Magic House has been playing the long game for 40 years and has continually evolved to support their changing community needs. What began as a small hands-on museum in a Victorian house in 1979 has evolved into a state-of-the-art educational complex with a satellite urban location. The Magic House's winning game plan has always included a strategic focus on the long game. InterActivity 2020: PLAY The Long Game invites the children's museum field to team up and explore the future of childhood and children's museums. \\\\ Registration is open and the preliminary schedule has been posted! Book your room now at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.

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