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The Mathews Men: Seven Brothers and the war against hitler's u-boats
PRESENTED BY William geroux

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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William Geroux’s book tells the largely forgotten story of the US Merchant Marine in World War II through the adventures of merchant mariners from Mathews County, Virginia. Mathews, a rural outpost on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, has been a cradle of merchant sea captains and mariners for centuries. When America entered World War II in December 1941, Mathews mariners were scattered on freighters and tankers throughout the war zones, hauling vital cargo. They and their ships became prime targets for German U-boats trying to choke off the Allied supply line. The US Navy initially lacked the forces and inclination to protect the unarmed merchant ships and the U-boats exacted a terrible toll. The mariners faced torpedo explosions, flaming oil slicks, storms, frigid water, shark attacks, and harrowing lifeboat odysseys-only to ship out again as soon as they had returned to safety. The civilian US Merchant Marine suffered a higher casualty rate than any branch of America’s armed forces. Nearly every family in tiny Mathews (whose wartime population was roughly 7,500) had a personal stake in the fight, and none more so than the family of Capt. Jesse and Henrietta Hodges and their seven sons, who would experience the U-boat war to its fullest.

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Sam Houston

An Evening with sam houston
PRESENTED BY Denton Florian

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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Sam Houston will always be remembered for his influence on Texas history, but he was also a frontiersman and an important American political figure in the 19th century. This captivating lecture by the creator of the EMMY Award winning documentary Sam Houston: American, Statesman, Soldier, and Pioneer, will detail Sam Houston’s remarkable life including his rebellious teenage years when he ran away to live with a local Cherokee tribe, his later struggles with marriage and sobriety, and much more. Learn about Houston’s remarkable life as the only person ever to govern two states, become a general, serve two terms as the President of the Republic of Texas, as well as serve as a U.S. House Member and U.S. Senator, and at the end as a southerner banished and hated for his devotion to the Union.

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Inside reagan's navy
PRESENTED BY chase untermeyer


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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Join Chase Untermeyer as he discusses his book Inside Reagan’s Navy for an engaging, up-close narrative of Untermeyer’s experiences in the Pentagon. The work is interwoven with descriptions of events and people, humorous anecdotes, and telling quotations. In March 1983, President Reagan offered Untermeyer an appointment as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy. In the following year the President named Untermeyer Assistant Secretary for Manpower & Reserve Affairs. In this position, Untermeyer took charge of all personnel issues affecting nearly one million sailors and Marines and a third of a million civilian workers. Inside Reagan’s Navy paints a portrait of official Washington during the Reagan years, with its politics, and personalities. Untermeyer offers a unique view into the period of naval expansion and the end of the Cold War era.

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The jones act at 100 years: celebration or Memorial?
PRESENTED BY Stephen C. Hanemann


Tuesday, August 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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First introduced by Washington Senator Wesley L. Jones, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 was largely intended to buffer the First World War’s shockwave to international trade and preserve the U.S. shipping industry. Effected into law by the 66th U.S. Congress on June, 5 1920, Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act, commonly referred to as the Jones Act, established coastwise-trade perimeters for domestic cabotage -- the transportation of merchandise or passengers between two U.S. points. Surviving revisions, recodification, and attempted repeal, the Jones Act has become the subject of fierce controversy. Opponents continue to question its effective application while Jones Act advocates staunchly defend its protectionist purpose and valid intent. This retrospective will examine the historical foundation and theme of the Jones Act, as well as provide insight and timely commentary regarding the coastwise law’s application, enforcement, and future viability.

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texas  shrimp association:
Reflecting on the past with an uncertain future

Presented by andrea hance


Tuesday, September 20
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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The Texas Shrimping industry is one of the most regulated, complex, dangerous, and misconstrued industries in the world. It is a fascinating story of pure resilience, hard work, and the sheer will of families, determined to carry on a Texas tradition. Join us on September 20 to hear Andrea Hance, Executive Director of the Texas Shrimp Association, speak about this important industry and the issues it encounters, from environmental topics to related laws and safety regulations. 

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