ANNA GIBSON HOLLOWAY is one of the leading experts on Civil War ironclads and 19th century marine salvage firms with 27 years of experience as a public historian. She joined SEARCH, Inc. in 2017 as the Museum Services Director where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of that division. There she also works to develop best practices in curation, conservation, and public outreach. Prior to joining SEARCH, she served as the Maritime Historian for the National Park Service (NPS) in Washington, DC, where she provided expertise relating to American maritime history in all of its forms, through consultation, speaking engagements, publications, and primary source research. From 2000 to 2014, Anna was Vice President of Museum Collections and Programs at The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, VA where she oversaw the Curatorial, Collections Management, Education, Conservation, Photography & Licensing, Exhibition Design, Web and social media presence, and the USS Monitor Center functions of the institution. As Curator of the award-winning USS Monitor Center, she led a multi-disciplinary team in the creation of the 20,000 square foot exhibition, and assisted in the development of the state-of-the-art conservation facility. She has lectured internationally on a variety of maritime topics, published articles in national magazines and journals, curated numerous exhibitions and programs. appeared on national television, and is the co-author (with Jonathan White) of “Our Little Monitor” (Kent State University Press, 2017). Her current research interests revolve around 19th century marine salvage firms in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia, with a particular emphasis on B & J Baker and Co. of Norfolk, VA.
In the waning years of the 20th century, she was Manager of School Tour Programs for the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, served as crew on Jamestown Settlement’s replica ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, and was a puppeteer and understudy fire-eater for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She has also been an actor, a hurdy-gurdy player, a record store manager, a radio DJ, a Morris dancer, and has played in several bands (some of which were quite good).
This Winston-Salem native graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with baccalaureate degrees in English Literature and Medieval Civilization, neither of which helped her in her quest to be a rock star. She received her Master’s degree in Tudor/Stuart History and her PhD in American History from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She is still not a rock star.
And if you want to know more about her than any sane human being would……
Ph.D. College of William and Mary, Department of History, 2012.
Dissertation: “Ironclad Revolution: The History, Discovery and Recovery of the USS Monitor”
M.A. College of William and Mary, Department of History, 1997.
Thesis: “On the Wings of the Wind: Changes in English Ship Construction, Navigational Techniques and Shipboard Conditions, 1450 – 1650”
B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of Classical Studies, 1990.
B.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Department of English, 1986.
19th century East Coast Marine Salvage Companies with particular emphasis on B & J Baker & Company of Norfolk, VA and Ebenezer Morgan Stoddard
Lower Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars of 1882-1883
USS Huron (1875)
American Civil War ironclads, with particular emphasis on USS Monitor and CSS Virginia
Iconography and popular culture of the Battle of Hampton Roads
General Maritime popular culture, including music, art, literature, humor, and iconography
Atlantic World Maritime social history of the 16th through 19th centuries
Museum Services Director, 2017 – present
SEARCH, Inc., Washington, DC
Coordinates Museum, Curatorial, and Conservation Services for SEARCH, which is a leading nationwide and global provider of cultural resources services to Commercial and Government customers in the Defense, Energy, Transportation, and Development markets. Serves as Principal Investigator and Project Manager on projects for the Department of Defense, and conducts research related to maritime heritage projects and Section 106 review.
Maritime Historian, 2014 – 2017.
National Park Service, Park History Program, Washington, DC
Served as Subject Matter Expert for the National Maritime Heritage Program (54 USC 3087) Coordinated with the US Coast Guard and the General Services Administration (GSA) on Lighthouse conveyance via the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act Program (54 USC 3051). Assisted with management of the Maritime Heritage Grant Program with the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Formulated Service-wide strategies, goals and objectives. Acted as an advocate for and provides expertise relating to NPS maritime history and maritime cultural resource management in all of its forms. Consulted with and shares expertise with Federal and State agencies with maritime resources, as well as with private maritime heritage organizations. Assisted with National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program nominations and theme studies. Conducted primary source research on topics related to American Maritime History for publication and presentation.
Vice President, Museum Collections and Programs and Archer M. Huntington Chair for the Study of Maritime History, 2008 –2014.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
Directed and supervised the activities of the Museum’s mission-based Division, including the curatorial, collections management, education, exhibition design, photography and licensing, web and social media, Museum conservation and USS Monitor conservation departments. Managed 7 direct reports in a division comprised of 29 staff and 150 volunteers. Served as principal Museum spokesperson through public appearances, writings, presentations, and research. Maintained Civil War Connections blog. Represented the museum at professional gatherings, public programs, and social functions.
Chief Curator, 2006 – 2008.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
Directed and supervised the activities of the 5-person curatorial department. Initiated and developed exhibition concepts. Participated in all aspects of developing exhibitions and public programs. Conducted and coordinated research in the field of global maritime culture. Held primary responsibility for the preservation and growth of the collection, including making recommendations regarding acquisitions and loans.
Curator, USS Monitor Center, 2003 –2014.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
Conducted primary source research on the USS Monitor, CSS Virginia and other vessels associated with the Battle of Hampton Roads, as well as related Civil War maritime and popular culture topics. Selected artifacts, images and archival material for inclusion in the 20,000 square foot Monitor Center exhibition; wrote and/or edited graphic panels and label copy; managed content of 3 films, 20 touch-screen interactives, and 4 audioscapes produced by 4 multimedia companies; actively assisted with fundraising initiatives for the Monitor project, successfully raising $31 million for the capital campaign.
Director of Education and Interpretation, 2000 –2004.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
Supervised, researched, developed and implemented family, school, and adult programming and coordinated development of educational websites, newspaper supplements, Elderhostel, volunteer and outreach programs. Conducted program and focus group surveys on visitor satisfaction. Successfully initiated the Museum’s award-winning distance learning program using H.323 protocol. Supervised 6 FTEs and 150 volunteers.
Manager, School Tour Programs, 1997 –2000.
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Responsible for planning, developing, and implementing family and school programming at all Museum locations. Developed yearlong Provisional Docent gallery training program as well as intensive Historic House training for advanced docents. Wrote press releases, gallery guides, post-visit assessments, “Work of the Month” brochures, and on-line education programs. Conducted student and adult tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Leadership and American Studies, 2013 – 2014.
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
American Studies Special Topics Course 395 – America At Sea
Shipboard Expert, 2013.
Travel Dynamics International, New York, NY
Served as maritime history expert for 130-passenger vessel M/V Yorktown on cruise through the Canadian Maritimes. Provided lectures on early exploration, maritime social history, the War of 1812, and Canada’s Role in the American Civil War.
Annual Guest Lecturer, National Institute of American History and Democracy Pre-Collegiate Program, 2001-2014.
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
Programs on Maritime Social History and American Civil War Maritime History
Adjunct Faculty, Department of History, 1996.
Hampton University, Hampton, VA
History 105 – World Civilizations to 1500
Instructor, 1996 – 2000.
William and Mary Elderhostel, Williamsburg, VA
Old Dominion University Elderhostel, Norfolk, VA
The Mariners’ Museum Elderhostel, Newport News, VA
Courses included Popular Entertainments in Early Modern Europe, World Piracy (500BC – 1922AD), and 18th century British naval history.
Lecturer, Department of History, 1995.
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
History 101 – History of Europe
Teaching Assistant, Department of History, 1993-1996.
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
History 101 – History of Europe to 1600
History 102 – History of Europe, 1600 to the present
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Editorial Board, The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du Nord, Journal of the North American Society for Oceanic History and Société Canadienne pour la Recherche Nautique, 2016 – present.
Program Committee, 2017 National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, April 2017.
Program Committee, 2016 Virginia Forum, Williamsburg, VA, March 2016.
Manuscript Reviewer, Duke University Press, 2015 – present.
Manuscript Reviewer, Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2014 – present.
Organizer, Civil War Navy Symposium, Newport News, VA, March 2012.
Local Arrangements Committee, Virginia Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Newport News, March, 2012.
Manuscript Reviewer, Texas A&M University Press, 2012 – present.
Chair, Newport News Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, 2010 – 2014.
Board Member, Vice President and Membership Coordinator, Council of American Maritime Museums, 2010 – 2014.
Council Member, Executive Council Member, Secretary, Virginia Association of Museums, 2008 – 2015.
Field Reviewer, Panel Reviewer, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2008 – present.
Manuscript Reviewer, The History Press, 2007 – 2012.
Historical Consultant, “Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac”, by Avi, Hyperion 2007.
Museum Program Advisory Council Member, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, 2005 – present.
Advisory Council, The Mariners’ Museum Seat, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, 2005 – 2014.
Peer Reviewer, American Alliance of Museums, 2001 – 2015.
Museum Representative, Secretary, President, Peninsula Museums Forum, 2000-2006.
EXHIBITIONS AND PROGRAMS CURATED
Explorers Theater, Interactive videoconferencing Hi-definition 3D theater experience, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, May 2014 – ongoing.
A Head of its Time: A History of Going at Sea, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, October 2013 – ongoing.
“Up Pops the Monitor”: The Battle of Hampton Roads in Pop Culture, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2011 – August 2012.
Chesapeake Bay: An Estuary in Crisis, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, September 18, 2010 – July 1, 2011.
The Battle of Hampton Roads Juried Youth Art Exhibition, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2010 – August 2010.
Antarctica: The Mariners’ Museum in the Secret Land, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, February 6, 2009 – March 29, 2010.
SS United States, Falk Gallery, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, Spring show, 2008
Ironclad Revolution, 20,000 square foot permanent gallery at the USS Monitor Center, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 9, 2007 – ongoing.
Ironclad Evidence: Stories From the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 5, 2004 – Fall 2006.
Andy Warhol Film Festival, in support of Andy Warhol Works: 1956-1986, The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, October 1998 – January 1999.
“’Our Little Monitor:’ The Greatest Invention of the Civil War”, with Jonathan White, Kent State University Press, 2017.
“The National Maritime Heritage Grants Program,” with Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, Anchor Watch, January 2017.
“National Park Service” in Encyclopedia of Local History, Third Edition, Amy H. Wilson, Editor. Rowman and Littlefield, 2016
“USS Huron: From National Tragedy to National Register,” in Proceedings of the Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, Madison, WI, October 2015 (National Park Service, Washington, DC, 2016).
Image captions for The Reconstruction Era: Official Park Service Handbook, Eastern National, 2016 (uncredited).
“Up Pops The Monitor: The Battle of Hampton Roads in Popular Culture” monograph as part of the USS Monitor Final Archaeological Report with additional reports from Jim Delgado, David Alberg, Larrie Ferreiro, Howard Fuller, Joseph Hoyt, Sean Kery, David Krop, David Mindell, Bruce Terrell, and John Broadwater, (in process).
“The USS Monitor: A Pioneering Model for Education and Outreach”, with David Krop and David Alberg in Proceedings of the OCEANS 2012 Marine Technology Society/ IEEE Conference, 14 – 19 October 2012,Virginia Beach, VA, 2012. 5 pp.
“Creative Solutions to ‘Standards of Learning’ “with Betsy Browne in The Docent Educator, vol. 10, No. 1, Autumn 2000, pages 4 – 6.
‘Tokens of Infection’: Seasickness and Seaworthiness in Atlantic Crossings, 1550-1650 in James N. McCord, Jr. and Andrew M. Schocket, editors, Moving On: European, Atlantic and American Migration in the Age of Expansion and Settlement, 15th – 20th Centuries, pages 21 – 27. College of William and Mary Special Publications, 1995.
PUBLICATIONS (Popular/Mass Media)
“Abraham Lincoln’s First Visit to Hampton Roads,” with Jonathan W. White, in For the People: A Newsletter of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Summer 2017.
“Monitor Mania” with Jonathan W. White, in Civil War Times, February 2017.
“Continuing the Monitor Story”, in Naval History Magazine, Volume 26, No. 2, April 2012: 38 – 41.
“A New Kind of Naval Warfare”, in America’s Civil War Magazine, March 2012.
Foreword in “The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad”, John V. Quarstein, History Press, 2011.
“Iron Wills, Iron Ships”, in 60th Anniversary Issue of American Heritage, Volume 59, No. 4, Winter 2010.
“Oil and Water: Contemporary oil paintings convey the drama of the Civil War on the water”, Civil War Times Magazine, Volume XLVII, No. 3, June 2008.
“Food For Small Animals” column appearing 3 times/year in Frank’s APA music magazine, Dublin, Ireland. Album reviews, live concert reviews and editorial commentary. 2002 – 2010.
“NPS at 100: The National Maritime Heritage Grant Program,” with Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, on National Trust for Historic Preservation: Preservation Leadership Forum Blog, 29 April 2016.
“The Monitor’s Demise,” with Jonathan W. White, on We’re History, 27 January 2016.
“The Last Voyage of the USS Monitor,” December 2012.
Civil War Connections Blog, February 2011 – November 2014. http://www.marinersmuseum.org/blogs/civilwar/
USS Monitor – Preserving a Legacy – Origins of the Monitor and Life on Board sections, March 2012 http://monitor.noaa.gov/150th/welcome.html
”Oyster Wars of the Lower Chesapeake Bay,” (not attributed) 2002. http://www.marinersmuseum.org/sites/micro/cbhf/oyster/mod001.html
Review of Faces of the Civil War Navies: An Album of Union and Confederate Sailors by Ronald S. Coddington, The Journal of Southern History, Summer 2017.
Review of With Sails Whitening Every Sea: Mariners and the Making of An American Maritime Empire by Brian Rouleau, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Summer 2016.
“‘The Remains of the Celebrated Ironclad’: Gosport and the Legacy of the Merrimack,” Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Museum Lecture Series, Portsmouth, VA, June 2017.
“My God, How Did We Get In Here?”: The USS Huron Tragedy, United States Coast Guard Historical Lecture Series, Joint Base, Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC, December 2016.
“Musical Monitors and Melodious Merrimacks,” Leighton Lecture, Naval Historical Foundation Annual Meeting, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, June 2016.
“’The Wrecking Tug has Arrived’: Wreckers and Life-savers on the Virginia Coast,” Spyglass Lecture Series, Old Coast Guard Station, Virginia Beach, VA, May 2016.
“The Monitor in Popular Memory,” NOAA Open House, NOAA Heritage Week, Silver Spring, MD, February 2016.
“’So Ends This Day’: The Story of the USS Monitor from 1861 to Yesterday,” Banner Lecture Series, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA, November 2009; Richmond Civil War Roundtable, Richmond, VA, May 2011; Dallas Civil War Roundtable, Dallas, TX, & Fort Worth Civil War Roundtable, Fort Worth, TX, November 2011; Annapolis Maritime Museum Lecture Series, Annapolis, MD, January 2016.
“’The Wrecking Tug has Arrived’: The Bakers in North Carolina,” Keynote speaker, North Carolina Maritime History Council Annual Conference, Elizabeth City, NC, November 2015.
“The Confederate Navy in Hampton Roads: The Fate of the USS Merrimack,” Lee-Jackson-Maury Annual Luncheon, Peninsular Campaign Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Newport News, VA, February 2014; Magruder-Ewell Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Newport News, VA, April 2014; Mathews County Civil War Sesquicentennial Program, Mathews, VA, July 2014; James City Cavalry Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 2095, Williamsburg, VA, June 2015.
“Monitor in Popular Memory,” in USS Monitor: Symbol, Landmark, and Sanctuary Seminar, with James Delgado, NOAA; David Alberg, NOAA; Larrie Ferreiro, George Mason University; David Krop, The Mariners’ Museum, Smithsonian Institution, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Washington DC, May 2015.
“The Business of Doing Public History,” Marlin Prestige Conference, Virginia Wesleyan University, Norfolk, VA, April 2015.
“Wreckers at 2 Campbell’s Wharf: B & J Baker & Co. and the Fate of the Merrimack,” 13th Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2015.
“The Pirate Dredger’s Doom: Oyster Pirates and a ‘Little Travesty’ on the Chesapeake Bay, 1882-1883,” 26th Annual Sea Music Symposium, Mystic Seaport, June 2005; Norfolk Historical Society, Norfolk, VA, November 2014.
“The CSS Virginia in Hampton Roads,” 119 Annual Meeting of the Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Suffolk, VA, October 2014.
“Life Outside the Academy,” Cohen Career Center, College of William and Mary, January 2014.
“Modeling the Monitor: New Findings from the Wreck,” Guest speaker, Nautical Research Guild Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, October 2013.
“The Battles in Hampton Roads: The Symbolism of the Monitor vs. Merrimac Engagement,” Gilder Lehrman Civil War 150 Community Lecture Series, Norfolk Collegiate, Norfolk, VA, September 2013.
“’The Monitor Is No More’: The Final Voyage of the USS Monitor,” North Carolina Maritime History Council Conference, Hatteras Village, NC, October 2012; Norfolk Historical Society Lecture Series, Norfolk, VA, March 2013; Williamsburg Civil War Roundtable, Williamsburg, VA, February 2014.
“The Monitor Boys,” Dedication of the Monitor memorial marker at the Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, VA, December 2012.
“USS Monitor: An Update,” Hampton Roads Civil War Roundtable, Chesapeake, VA, November 2012.
Invention and Innovation in the Civil War series “USS Monitor: A Technological Marvel” with David Krop and Dr. Jay Moore, The Mariners’ Museum, and Bruce Terrell, NOAA, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington DC, April 2011.
“‘We were provided of Musike in good variety:’ Music on English Ships of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries” 18th Annual Sea Music Symposium, Mystic Seaport, June 1997; Norfolk Historical Society Lecture Series, 2010.
“The Art of War,” Hermitage Foundation Lecture Series, Norfolk, VA, November 2007.
“Ironclad Revolution: The History, Discovery, and Recovery of the USS Monitor,” 2007 Annual Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, Newport News, VA, October 2007.
“USS Monitor: Saved by Sinking,” with John Hightower, New York Yacht Club Maritime History Fortnight, January 2006.
“The USS Monitor Center,” 196 separate presentations to a variety of Rotary, Kiwanis, Civitan, Ruritan, Lion’s Clubs, Propeller Clubs, Navy Leagues and other service organizations, social clubs, homeowners associations, businesses, education groups, and professional associations on the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck, Northern Virginia, Richmond Metro area, Northeastern North Carolina, and Southside Hampton Roads, 2003 – 2006.
“Recovering the Monitor” Invited speaker with Dr. John Broadwater, NOAA, 4th Conference on Partnership Opportunities for Federally Associated Collections, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. December 2002.
“A History of European Witchcraft,” Curses, Cauldrons, and Candles symposium, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg VA, October 2001.
“Teaching Virginia History Through Music,” concert series funded by a grant from the Norfolk Arts Commission, 3 performances, Norfolk, VA, Spring 2000.
“17th Century Religion in America,” Historic House Spring Training, Adam Thoroughgood House, Norfolk, VA, Spring 1995.
“The Powhatan Indians of Virginia,” Historic House Spring Training, Adam Thoroughgood House, Norfolk, VA, Spring 1994.
“Life at Sea in the 16th and 17th Centuries,” Historic House Spring Training, Adam Thoroughgood House, Norfolk, VA, Spring 1993.
“The Powhatan Indians of Virginia,” Guest Lecturer, College of William and Mary, Department of History, Early American Seminar, 1993.
“Religion and the Cult of the UFO,” Natural Science Center of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Spring 1990.
“‘More Tons, Less Huns’: The Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation of Alexandria, Virginia,” North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, May 2017.
“The Enduring Expression of Historic Memory: The Role of Artistic Works in the Understanding, Protection, and Promotion of Cultural Resources,” with Alicia Caporaso, Paul Fontenoy, Claire Phelan and Janet Adamski, Misty Jackson and Kenneth Vrana, Joe Stoltz, and Gene Smith, Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Fort Worth, TX, January 2017.
“The Maritime Heritage Program of the National Park Service: Preservation and Education Grants,” Historic Naval Ships Association Annual Conference, Corpus Christi, TX, September 2016.
“Ironclad Pop Culture: The Battle of Hampton Roads in Art, Music, and Home Appliances,” North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Meeting, Portland, ME, 2016.
“The Celebrated Wreckers,” Virginia Forum, Williamsburg, VA, March 2016.
“Sea Change: A Roundtable Discussion of the Future of Maritime Heritage in Public History,” with Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, NPS and Paul Johnston, Smithsonian, National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 2016.
“Erasing the History/Historical Archaeology Divide in Maritime Research,” with Gene Smith, Texas Christian University; Warren Reiss, University of Maine; Amy Mitchell-Cook, University of West Florida; Virginia Lunsford, United States Naval Academy; and Paul Fontenoy, North Carolina Maritime Museums, Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2016; North American Society for Oceanic History Annual Meeting, Portland, ME, May 2016.
“USS Huron: From National Tragedy to National Register,” 2015 Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, October 2015.
“Wreckers at 2 Campbell’s Wharf: B & J Baker & Co. of Norfolk,” North American Society for Oceanic History, Monterey, CA, May 2015; 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, September 2015.
Commenter on “Guerre de Course” panel. Chair: Chris Kolakowski, MacArthur Memorial; “Raiders of the Lost Cause,” Sam Craghead, The American Civil War Museum; “Building the Confederate Commerce Raiders in Great Britain 1861-1864,” Robert Thorp, Independent Scholar; “’The Most Dangerous Man the South Has Here:’ Confederate Naval Agent James Dunwoody Bulloch,” Stephen Chapin Kinnaman, Independent Scholar, 2015 McMullen Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, September 2015.
“The Battle of Hampton Roads in Popular Memory,” 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association Conference, Baltimore, MD, November 2014.
“Archaeology and the USS Monitor: The Past, Present, and Future,” with David Alberg and Joe Hoyt, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and David Krop, The Mariners’ Museum, 10th Annual Maritime Heritage Conference, Norfolk, VA, September 2014.
“A Panel on Pirates: The Pros and Cons of Interpreting Piracy in Maritime Museums,” with Dr. Paul Johnston, Smithsonian Museum of American History, and Dr. Paul Fontenoy, North Carolina Maritime Museum, Council of American Maritime Museums Annual Meeting, Toledo, OH, April 2014.
“Label Writing: The Ekarv Method,” Virginia Association of Museums Workshop Series, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, December 2013.
Commenter on “Blockaders, Gunboats, and Commerce Raiders during the Civil War” panel.
Chair: Carl Scott, U.S. Naval Academy; “USS Cumberland: Why She Really Lost to CSS Virginia March 8, 1862,” Gordon Calhoun, Hampton Roads Naval Museum; “Tinclads, Torpedoes, and Levees: Using Environmental History to Understand the Civil War,” Robert Gudmestad, Colorado State University; “The Cruise and Pursuit of the Confederate Raider Shenandoah,” Sam Craghead, Museum of the Confederacy, 2013 McMullen Naval History Symposium, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, September 2013.
Roundtable moderator for “A Little Help from Our Friends: Institutional Planning” Session, American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, May 2013.
“Exhibiting Submerged Cultural Resources,” with Dr. Paul Johnston, Smithsonian Museum of American History, North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History/Council of American Maritime Museums Joint Conference, Galveston, TX, April 2012.
“Educating a Creative Workforce” The Business of Art Conference, Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, April 2012.
“Interpreting Maritime History,” with Anne Marie Millar, 2011 International Congress of Maritime Museums, Washington D.C./Newport News, VA, October 2011.
Chair and Discussant, “New Research on the Civil War in Virginia,” The Wythe Grays, the Antebellum Virginia militia System, and the Origins of the Army of Northern Virginia – John Brown’s Legacy, Mark D. Baldwin and Stephen A. Smoot; “Robbing Peter to Pay Paul:” Virginia Railroad Labor Crisis During the Civil War”, Bradford Wineman; and The Prize of History: Memory, History, and the Crew of the USS Monitor, Bill Edwards-Bodmer, Virginia Forum, Newport News, VA, April 2010.
“The Monitor in Charm City: The Union Ironclad’s Baltimore Roots,” 9th Maritime Heritage Conference, Baltimore, MD, September 2010.
“i @m in ur co113ctionz, kur8ng ur @rtif@ctz: web 2.0, stories, games & social media,” Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference, Richmond, VA, March 2010.
“Touch Screen Interactives in the USS Monitor Center,” in the “Touch and Know: Interactive Technology, Exhibits, and Education Panel”, American Association of State and Local History/ Association of Indiana Museums Combined Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, August 2009.
“Maritime 2.0: Bringing The Mariners’ Museum Kicking and Screaming into the 21st Century,” Council of American Maritime Museums Conference, Erie, PA, May 2009.
“VAM Across the Water,” special guests at Museums, Sustainability and Growth Conference, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, UK, October 2008.
“A Day in the Life of a Curator,” New Professionals Roundtable, American Association of Museums Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2005.
“Crafting a Moving Museum Experience” with Shelley Weisberg and Tangela Shepard, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 2005.
“A Monitor Out of Water” with Curtiss Peterson et al., 7th Maritime Heritage Conference, Norfolk, VA, October 2004.
“Teaching the Age of Exploration,” EdCom Education Marketplace, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, May 2003.
“Interpreting for the Masses: Picking the Interpretation That’s Right For You” – workshop, Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, March 2002.
“Thinking Outside the Walls: The Pros and Cons of Free Outreach” Virginia Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Richmond, Virginia, March 2001.
“Getting Started in Museum Education” American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 2001.
“The Internet: Your Classroom’s Gateway to the World” Virginia Social Studies Educators Conference, Norfolk, VA, October 2000.
“No Pencils! Experiential Scavenger Hunts in the Art Museum,” EdCom Educational Marketplace, American Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, May 2000.
“20th Century Art: Do You Get It?” Virginia Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Alexandria, VA, March 2000.
“The Art of the Summer Camp,” Virginia Association of Museums Annual Meeting, Alexandria, VA, March 2000.
“Tokens of Infection: Seasickness and Seaworthiness in Atlantic Crossings, 1550 – 1650” United States-European Union Migration Conference, Chapel Hill, N.C., February 1995.
“Public History in Action at The Mariners’ Museum,” Piece of Public History Series, Public History Center, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, October 2014.
“American Maritime Literature: An Overview,” Christopher Newport University Lifelong Learning Society, Newport News, VA, October 2014.
“American Maritime Music: An Overview,” Christopher Newport University Lifelong Learning Society, Newport News, VA, September 2014.
“’Passes Will Not Be Needed’: The Monitor at the Washington Navy Yard,” and “Then & Now: The Legacy of the Ironclads,” 12 Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2014.
USS Monitor Civil War 150th Lecture Series. The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA:
“Musical Monitors and Melodious Merrimacks,” September 2014.
“The Final Voyage of the USS Monitor,” December 2012.
“The Monitor at the Washington Navy Yard,” October 2012.
“’Heat, Mosquitoes, and a Gouty Captain: The Ironclad Life on the James,” July 2012.
“The Monitor and the Appomattox Raid,” June 2012.
“The Battle of Drewry’s Bluff,” May 2012.
“African-American Sailors on the USS Monitor,” February 2012.
“Launching a Ship, Launching a Sanctuary,” January 2012
“Ericsson’s Battery: 100 Days?,” November 2011.
“Wanted: Ironclad Steam Warships,” October 2011.
“1861: The State of the Union Navy,” August 2011.
“The Creation of the CSS Virginia,” June 2011
“The USS Merrimack and the Fall of Gosport”, April 2011.
“Finding a Name for the Lost Monitor Boys,” Panel discussion with John Broadwater, David Alberg, and David Krop, The Mariners’ Museum and NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, Newport News, VA, December 2012.
“The Civil War in Hampton Roads, 1862: Land, Sea and Air” with J. Michael Moore, Lee Hall Mansion/Endview Plantation. Three-part series for the Christopher Wren Association of The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, Fall 2012.
“Conserving a National Treasure.” Six-part series for the Christopher Wren Association of The College of William and Mary, Fall 2011.
“Up Pops The Monitor”: The Battle of Hampton Roads in Pop Culture,” 7th Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2009.
“What with heat, mosquitoes, and a gouty Captain have nearly gone distracted: Life on Board the USS Monitor” 3rd Annual Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend, The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA, March 2005.
SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCES
Lecture, “Oyster Pirates on the Chesapeake Bay,” Norfolk Neighborhood Network TV-48, December 2014.
Introduction to Denver Brunsman’s “British Impressment of Colonial American Sailors,”
C-SPAN, May 2013.
Interview, “USS Monitor Center,” C-SPAN, April 2013.
Lecture, “Last Voyage of the USS Monitor,” Norfolk Neighborhood Network TV-48, April 2013.
Interview, “Found At Sea, Civil War Sailors Buried In Arlington,” with Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition, March 9, 2013.
Interview, “US Civil War sailor from Wales buried after 150 years,” BBC Radio Wales, March 8, 2013.
Interview, “Honoring USS Monitor’s Fallen Heroes,” with David Martin, CBS Evening News , CBS Sunday Morning, March 7 & 10, 2013.
OpSail 2012, color commentator, with Sondra Woodward, WHRV 89.5 FM, Hampton VA, June 2012.
Recurring guest on “Dr. Wilson’s Never-Ending Civil War Sesquicentennial,” WXGM 99.1 FM Morning Show, 2012 – 2015.
Introduction to Craig Symonds’ “The Civil War Along the Atlantic Coast,” C-SPAN, March 2012.
Introduction to David Mindell’s “The Ironclad USS Monitor, C-SPAN, March 2012.
Introduction to David Alberg’s “Identifying Human Remains From the USS Monitor,”
C-SPAN March 2012.
On-Screen Historian, Emmy-award winning series The Civil War in Hampton Roads, produced by WHRO TV, Norfolk, VA.
Episode 1, 1861, March 2006.
Episode 2, Battle of the Ironclads, March 2007.
Episode 3, Peninsula Campaign, March 2008.
Episode 4, A New Beginning, March 2009.
Interview, Road Warriors, with Jeff Mielcarz, The Weather Channel, March 2007.
Recurring Host on WHRO TV Annual Fund Drive, Norfolk, VA, 2007 – 2013.
Recurring Guest on Tony Macrini’s Morning News Team Show, WNIS 790 AM, Norfolk, VA, 2005 – 2014.
On-screen historian, “Civil War Tech,” Modern Marvels series, The History Channel, 2005.
WUSA9 TV Morning Show with Andrea Roane, Washington, DC, March 2004.
Multiple appearances on WTKR TV, WVEC TV, WAVY TV, WVBT TV, Norfolk, VA, 1997 – 2014.
Multiple interviews with New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, US News & World Report, National Geographic, Civil War News, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginian Pilot, Daily Press, Virginia Gazette, 1997 – present.
Recurring Guest on Dwight Davis’ Weekend Preview Show, WHRO 89.5 FM, Norfolk, VA, Thursdays at noon, 1997 – 2000.
Musical performance for “First Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation,” Voice of America, Radio, November 1990.
“Food For Small Animals” Radio Show, Tuesdays and Fridays, WQFS 90.9 FM, 1983-1985; WUAG 106 FM, 1986-1987.
Project Manager for Eye of the Explorer Introductory Film (GTOO Media) for The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Run time 6 minutes. Debuted May 2014.
Historical Consultant for Civil War Ironclads, Electronic Field Trip, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA. Debuted March 13, 2014.
Writer/Producer/Historian for Audio Tour of USS Monitor Replica (Guide By Cell), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Debuted May 2009. Retired December 2012.
Curator/Historian for Ironclad Glory multimedia experience (Pyramid Studios), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Run time 13 minutes. Debuted March 2007.
Curator for Turret Recovery multimedia experience (Two Rivers Studios), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Run time 24 minutes. Debuted March 2007.
Curator for Introductory “Sinking Theater” multimedia experience, (Batwin + Robin Studios), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Run time 8 minutes. Debuted March 2007.
Curator/Historian for “Build an Ironclad” interactive game; 9 “Personal Story Stations,” (Stephen Mallory; John Luke Porter and John Mercer Brooke; Admiral Franklin Buchanan and Captain Thomas Kevill; George Geer and William Keeler; Siah Carter; Gordon Watts; Bobbie Scholley; Conservation staff), (Two Rivers Studios), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Debuted March 2007.
Curator/Historian for I-Wall interactive “100 Days to Build a Warship,” (Lynch Exhibits), USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Debuted March 2007.
Consultant for “The Iron Coffin,” Timewatch series, BBC Television, London, UK. 2006.
Consultant for “Civil War Tech, Modern Marvels series, The History Channel, 2005.
Curator for “Dr. John Broadwater and Captain Bobbie Scholley” and “Siah Carter” Personal Story Station interactive kiosks, (Two Rivers Studios), Ironclad Evidence exhibition at The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA. Debuted March 2004. Retired April 2006.
Curator for “Age of Sail” interactive game (Two Rivers Studios), The Nelson Touch at The Mariners’ Museum, Debuted October 2005.
Recording and Production on In the Dead of the Night LP, Stephen Furey-Moore, artist. Independent release, 1991.
Extra, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, Jonathan S. Kui, Director, Miramax 1992.
Extra, Bull Durham, Ron Shelton, Director, MGM 1988.
Cabell Foundation, “Explorers Theater,” The Mariners’ Museum, 2013; $200,000.00 (presenter).
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Endangered Species: Watermen of the Chesapeake Bay exhibition, The Mariners’ Museum, 2010; $4,000.00 (co-writer).
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Civil War Navy Conference – Public Presentations,” The Mariners’ Museum, 2012; $2,500.00 (writer).
Kresge Foundation, Challenge Grant for USS Monitor Center Capital Campaign, The Mariners’ Museum, 2006; $600,000.00 (presenter).
Institute for Museum and Library Services, “Exploration Through the Ages,” online educational site, The Mariners’ Museum, 2004; $129,487.00 (co-writer).
National Endowment for the Humanities, Educational programming for Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas – Implementation Grant, The Mariners’ Museum, 2001; $200,500.00 (co-writer).
National Endowment for the Arts, “Museum in the Classroom,” an Internet-based education initiative for The Chrysler Museum of Art, 2000; $6,500.00 (co-writer).
Norfolk Arts Commission, “Teaching Virginia History through Music,” The Chrysler Museum of Art’s Historic Houses, 2000; $2,000.00 (writer).
Virginia Beach Arts Commission, “Charity Heerman, The Apothecary,” Living History School Outreach Program, 1999; $10,000.00 (co-writer).
Virginia Beach Arts Commission, “Teaching Virginia History through Music,” The Chrysler Museum of Art’s Historic Houses, 1998; $20,000.00 (writer).
American Association of Museums’ 2007 Excellence in Exhibitions Award for Ironclad Revolution (Curator)
Print Magazine’s 2006 Digital Design Annual Award for Design Excellence for The Interactive Story of the USS Monitor (Author)
Actor/Entertainer, 1995 –1998.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Acted in evening programs “Science, Conjuration and Humbug,” “Grand Medley,” “Cry Witch,” and special events. Performed music, magic, mind-reading and fire-eating in first- and third-person.
Contract Educator, 1993-1997.
The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, VA
Provided education department with maritime interpretation for adults, families, and school groups in Chesapeake Bay and Age of Exploration Galleries. Led selected docent training and Elderhostel sessions.
Contract Educator/Instructor, Department of Historic Houses, 1990 – 1997.
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Provided Adam Thoroughgood House with interpretation and music for adult, family and school programs. Developed and presented interactive classroom programs in 17th and 18th-century music and dance for area school children grades K-12. Programs emphasized historical analysis and hands-on learning.
Ships Interpreter, Jamestown Settlement, 1990-1993.
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, VA
Worked as part of costumed crew on replica ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery. Responsible for providing interpretation for regular visitors as well as school groups. Taught hands-on maritime programs, and assisted in the regular maintenance of 17th century replica vessels. Participated in volunteer sailing crew.
Volunteer Interpreter, French Bicentennial, 1989.
Les Compagnons Du Lion D’Azur, Vendome, France
Provided living history interpretation of late 18th century cooking, camp life, and sewing in support of the City of Vendome’s Bicentennial Programming. Acted in the city’s annual son et lumiere show.
Volunteer Interpreter, Hoskins House, 1987-1990.
Tannenbaum Historic Park, Greensboro, NC
Conducted tours of 18th century house, provided living history interpretation of cooking, sewing as well as conducting blackpowder demonstrations.
Manager/Sales Associate, 1983 – 1990.
The Record Exchange, Greensboro, NC
Responsible for daily operations of retail shop specializing in new and used LPs, cassettes and CDs. Duties included hiring and termination, bookkeeping, ordering domestic and import product, concert promotion, writing for monthly newsletter, and insurance appraisals.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION TRAINING
“Defining the Area of Potential Effects,” Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Section 106 Series, November 2016.
“Preservation Compliance and Property Disposal,” Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Section 206 Series, December 2016.
English – native
Latin – can read
Morse Code – can read and send
Organization of American Historians
National Council on Public History
North American Society for Oceanic History
Society of Civil War Historians
Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
American Historical Association
Southern Historical Association
Society For Historical Archaeology
Popular Culture Association
George Wright Society
Virginia Association of Museums
US Naval Institute
Naval History Foundation
National Maritime Historical Society
United States Lighthouse Society
United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association