history lecture series

Lecture Series

The museum hosts a yearlong lecture series that brings in speakers on local, regional, national, and international subjects of the maritime world. Typically, lectures are broken into two subject themes of those that are historical in focus and those specific to an industrial topic. Visit our Youtube page to access archival video of past lectures!

Please note that HMM now requires visitors to register for our lecture series programs to better accomodate our guests. To register, click on the lecture pages below! 

History Lectures

Thanks to the generous support of Frost Bank, the Houston Maritime Museum is able to provide a monthly history lectures on a variety of topics. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.Frost

May 9, 2017 - The First Texas Navy, 1835 - 1837

May 9, 2017 - The First Texas Navy, 1835 - 1837

May 9, 2017 - The First Texas Navy, 1835 - 1837

Presented by James P. Bevill

This powerful presentation takes place in the throes of the Texas Revolution, as the provisional government of Texas scrambled to put together a naval force to wreak havoc upon the Mexican supply lines. Having first resorted to the use of privateers (state sponsored pirates), Texas was able to borrow money in New Orleans in early 1836, to secure the warships Liberty, Invincible, Independence, and the Brutus. This is the story of those four ships, the roles that McKinney & Williams, the Allen Brothers, Captains Hawkins, Hurd, Thompson, and Brown played, as well as the significant contributions these aggressive men made on the high seas in the fight for Texas Independence. Despite their heroic deeds, the Navy soon found itself drowning in a sea of red ink; crippling the effectiveness of the fighting force as the flow of funds needed to maintain a strong military was quickly exhausted. This remarkable story of the first Texas Navy is triumphant, tragic, and highly entertaining.

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Environmental Lectures

Our newest lecture series invites key members of the maritime community and academia who highlight innovation and progress in the maritime industry. Both lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.

May 16 | Oyster Reef Restoration in Texas

May 16 | Oyster Reef Restoration in Texas

May 16 | Oyster Reef Restoration in Texas

Presented by Jennifer Pollack, Ph.D.

Oyster reefs are important components of healthy ecosystems within U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico estuaries. Oysters filter and clean bay waters, create fish habitats, and protect shorelines from erosion. They also provide recreational fishing opportunities and support a robust seafood industry, generating over $19 million in Texas in 2014. However, oyster reefs are severely degraded compared to historic levels, with estimates of over 85% lost. Sink Your Shucks -- an oyster shell recycling and reef restoration program -- works with restaurants and seafood wholesalers to reclaim shucked shells and return them to Texas bays to rebuild the habitat. Using these shells, we have restored over 14 acres of reef and engaged 1,700 volunteers.

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Industry Lectures

Throughout the year the Houston Maritime Museum presents talks by community leaders on various topics related to the maritime industry. All lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public, and include admission to the museum collections. Refreshments are also included.


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