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.

Generously sponsored by

FrostBank

In Search of Jean Lafitte: Legends, Lies, and Other Truths

In Search of Jean Lafitte: Legends, Lies, and Other Truths

In Search of Jean Lafitte: Legends, Lies, and Other Truths

Born in the late 1700s, Jean Lafitte created a profitable smuggling operation in New Orleans with his brother, Pierre. After the Embargo Act of 1807, the brothers setup base at another port in Louisiana where they defended General Andrew Jackson against the British during the War of 1812. The pair then moved to Galveston Island and developed the colony of Campeche while becoming spies for the Spanish during the Mexican War of Independence. For such an enigmatic character, much is still unknown (or misinterpreted) about his life. Learn more about the color stories that surround Jean Lafitte, arguably the most famous pirate (or, perhaps, privateer) of the early nineteenth century. The lively look will include his rise to power in Louisiana, his role in the Battle of New Orleans, his smuggling operations in Galveston, and his mysterious whereabouts afterward. The presentation is illustrated with slides and a couple of folksongs by Dr. Curley on his guitar.

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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. Lectures are held at the Houston Maritime Museum, are open to the public and include admission to the museum collections.

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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. 

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The Evolution and Devolution of Oil Trading

The Evolution and Devolution of Oil Trading

The Evolution and Devolution of Oil Trading

The presentation will discuss the parallel developments in the commercial oil industry and related chartering models. It begins with the colonization of producer nations (mainly by the British and Dutch) to Independence movements in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. It then follows the corresponding change in oil trading from a strictly term-driven process to a spot market emerging in the early 1970’s to the commoditization of oil in the following decade and beyond. The shipping industry has evolved from a pure supply chain function with major oil company owned tonnage to a primarily time-charter market (thanks to the emergence of Greek and Norwegian independent owners after World War II). It then continued to a spot-driven market and is now back to a contract driven market (thanks to indices such as the FFA market and The Baltic Exchange).

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