The National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive, will host the Civil War Naval Symposium at the museum on Jan. 10. Though it is the first time the museum has hosted this event, the symposium is celebrating its seventh year.
Civil War historians and authors from around the country will attend, as well as those who are just interested in Civil War naval history.
This year’s theme, “From Manassas to Casco: Civil War Ironclads in Construction and Combat,” will cover the role of ironclad ships in the Civil War, from their design, construction and technology to their use and history in combat.
Speakers for the 2009 Symposium will include John Coski, historian for the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.; Ozzie Raines, a master model builder whose works are displayed at various national museums (including Port Columbus); Roger Durham, military historian at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; John Quarstein, chief adviser and historian for the USS Monitor project at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Va.; and Gordon Watts, a recognized authority on underwater archaeology, who was involved with the USS Monitor, CSS Alabama and CSS Hunley projects.
Tickets for the symposium is $6.50 and lunch is available for $8 (but you must register in advance).
There will be a reception on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $15 in advance only, but is free for museum members.
The deadline to order lunch and attend the reception is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Call 706-327-9798 or go to www.portcolumbus.org