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JOHN V. QUARSTEIN – THE C.S.S. ALBERMARLE
For the 14th consecutive year, John V. Quarstein joins us on Thursday, March 17th to discuss the steam-powered ironclad ram of the Confederate Navy, The C.S.S. Albemarle.
John is an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer, and author. He served as director of the Virginia War Museum for over thirty years and, after retirement, is in demand as a speaker throughout the nation.
He has been involved in a wide variety of historic preservation initiatives including the creation of Civil War battlefield parks like Redoubt Park in Williamsburg or Lee’s Mill Park in Newport News as well as historic house museums such as Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation. His current preservation endeavors feature the Rebecca Vaughan House, Lee Hall Depot, Causey’s Mill, Big Bethel Battlefield and Fort Monroe. John Quarstein also serves on several boards and commissions such as Virginia Civil War Trails, Virginia War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Advisory Council and the Newport News Sesquicentennial Commission.
John Quarstein is the author of numerous books, including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South, A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood, Big Bethel: The First Battle, and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union’s First Ironclad. His newest book is Sink Before Surrender: The CSS Virginia
He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, such as Jamestown: Foundations of Freedom and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, Hampton From The Sea To The Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner. His more recent film projects have been Pyrates of the Chesapeake and Tread of the Tyrants Heel: Virginia’s War of 1812 Experience.
John is the recipient of the national Trust for Historic Preservation’s 1993 President’s Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society’s Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy’s Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009. Besides his lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia’s Civil War experience, Quarstein is an avid duck hunter and decoy hunter and decoy collector. He lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his family’s Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.
As always, we look forward to a lively presentation from this most entertaining historian. We hope you will join us!
Thursday, March 16, 2017 6:30 PM
$16.00 for members, $20.00 for guests.
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