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AMM announces winter lecture series

| December 09, 2014, 10:47 AM | 0 Comments

ammThe Annapolis Maritime Museum has announced the 2015 Winter Lecture Series schedule.

The educational and informative series of eight (8) wintertime talks provides rich and stimulating topics from an esteemed group of lecturers’.  From Oyster Aquaculture, to NASA satellite images of our oceans, to the ‘Bridging’ of the Chesapeake, there are subjects for a diverse range of interest.

Lectures will be held Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., January 15th through March 5th. Admission is $10 per lecture and FREE for First Mate-level AMM members and above. Join at the $100 level, and admission to all 10 lectures is free, along with the benefits of membership.

Lectures take place in the Museum’s Bay Room located in the former McNasby’s Oyster Company at 723 Second Street, Annapolis, 21403.

The 2015 Winter Lecture Series is sponsored in part by PNC Wealth Management. 

The Annapolis Maritime Museum is a non for profit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults about the Annapolis area’s rich maritime heritage and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through programs, exhibits and community events.

Complete Schedule:

January 15 | 7 p.m.

Bridging the Chesapeake: A ‘Fool Idea’ That United Maryland

  • From the days of the founding of the Maryland Colony, there has been a rivalry between the Eastern and Western Shores.
  • The idea of building of a Bay Bridge dates back to the mid-18th century, with the first serious studies in the 1900s.
    • Self-interests, politics and two world wars delayed bridge construction.
    • The vision and stubbornness of one man led to the building of the bridge – and to his political defeat.
    • The future of the Chesapeake – and the possibility for a third bridge – remain an open question in the 21st century.

Presenter: David W. Guth, Associate Professor, William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas

January 22 | 7 p.m.

Mega-ships are Coming: Challenges and Growth Strategies for the Port of Baltimore

  • Short history of Baltimore City centered on its’ port

Facts concerning the Port of Baltimore’s economic impact World-wide investment in mega-ships related to Panama Canal widening 

  • The business case for mega ships
  • Challenges  and opportunities for all of America’s ports
  • Maryland’s public-private investment to prepare for the mega-ships and become their “first arrival” port

Presenter: Charles H. White, Jr., Port Commissioner, Maryland Port Administration, Port of Baltimore


January 29 | 7 p.m.

From Obscurity to National Prominence: How John Paul Jones Got to Annapolis

Why John Paul Jones is proclaimed “Father of the US Navy” more than a quarter century after his death

  • Following a meritorious (and notorious) naval career, John Paul Jones dies alone in Paris
  • With his body lost to posterity for over a century, he is literally resurrected, thanks to President Teddy Roosevelt
  • His body is brought to the US Naval Academy as inspiration for midshipmen and as incentive for the country to seek naval greatness

Presenter: Dr. William B. Cogar, Director, Naval Academy Museum, President and CEO,

The Mariners’ Museum Newport News, VA

February 5 | 7 p.m.

Landing Ship Tanks at D-Day: Construction on the Ohio, Training on the Chesapeake and Victory at Normandy

The importance of the Landing Ship Tank (LST) and the Landing Craft Infantry in planning for D-Day

  • The construction program of these ships, most of which were built along the Ohio River
  • The movement of the ships to the Chesapeake Bay for training
  • The character of training in the Chesapeake the role of the LSTs at D-Day
  • The role of the LSTs at D-Day

Presenter: Dr. Craig L Symonds, Professor of History Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy

February 12 | 7 p.m.

The Modern Chesapeake Waterman: Sustaining a Way of Life from Resources of the Bay

  • A photographic story of what’s really going on in the seafood industry
  • Economics and the environment are driving changes in the industry
  •  A variety of fisheries offer a livelihood for waterman and those in the seafood processing industry
  • The seafood industry is changing, not vanishing

Jay P. Fleming, Freelance Photographer and Maryland Seafood Marketing Assistant

February 19 I 7 p.m.

Flowers to Honey: Just How Cool is the Honey Bee?

  • Flower to honey cycle
  • The amazing story of what bees are able to do
  • Democratic decision making
  • Environmental Impact
  • Colony behavior as a single organism
  • Methods of navigation
  • Structurally optimized honeycomb

Presenter: Edwin R. Berkinshaw, DDS, MS/ Board Certified Orthodontist/ Beekeeper for 25 plus years/ Annapolis Maritime Museum Board Member


February 26 | 7 p.m.

The Living, Breathing Ocean: Perspectives from NASA’s Color Satellites

Scope of Presentation

Overview of NASA ocean color satellites: spacecraft and onboard sensors, command and data acquisition systems, data processing, storage and distribution

  • Ocean  data applications in a nutshell: carbon cycle and the importance of marine phytoplankton, climate variability (i.e., El Niño), red tides (harmful algal blooms), fisheries, land-ocean surface temperatures (beyond ocean color) and climate extremes
  • A satellite10-year animation of our living, breathing planet – land vegetation and ocean phytoplankton, consumers of atmospheric carbon and oxygen producers 

Presenter: Sergio R. Signorini, Oceanographer, Ocean Carbon Cycle and Biogeochemistry, NASA GSFC & SAIC

March 5 I 7 p.m.

Launching Barren Island Oysters: New York Photographer to Oyster Aquaculturist

Personal journey from successful commercial photography to oyster production

  • Details of sustainable aquaculture techniques for oyster production in open waters of the Bay
  • Oyster growing process from nursery upwelled to open Bay to harvesting
  • Oysters as a sustainable choice versus other seafoods

Presenter: Timothy Devine, Owner, Barren Island Oysters

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