Within the past few weeks, there has a steady stream of Virginia history-related news. In Newport News, the Mariners Museum has been forced to close its lab housing the USS Monitor gun turret http://www.marinersmuseum.org/ and other large artifacts recovered in the early 2000s. http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-congress-provide-funding-to-conserve-the-uss-monitor-collection is the link to the Mariners online petition form requesting federal funds to conserve the collection.
The chance to see the lab at the Mariners is gone for now, hopefully not for good with petition and email support, plus word of mouth. There are also two other opportunities to learn more: Dr. Anna Holloway of the Mariners Museum will speak this Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 PM, at the Williamsburg Regional Library (under the auspices of the Williamsburg Civil War Round Table). On March 13, Colonial Williamsburg will broadcast “The Iron Clads,” an account of the epic two-day naval battle in Hampton Roads in 1862, and the men who served on the Monitor and Merrimack. http://history.org/history/teaching/eft/broadcast.cfm is a list of local broadcasters for the 10 AM and 1 PM programs.
This collection, Dr. Holloway’s talk, and the Electronic Field Trip highlight and honor one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. Take time to check them out, and help support some of America’s great historic artifacts.