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. Frost

Remembering Texas City: Screening and Q&A with Bob Roten

Remembering Texas City: Screening and Q&A with Bob Roten

Remembering Texas City: Screening and Q&A with Bob Roten

The Texas City disaster occurred on April 16, 1947 in Texas City, Texas and was the worst industrial accident in United States history. The explosion, originating as a fire on the SS Grandcamp that quickly spread, killed 581 people and injured thousands more. Following the event, stricter safety procedures and regulations were enforced in the petrochemical industry. Monsanto Company, whose plant and offices were destroyed, committed with other companies to rebuild in Texas City and helped propel the city to a prosperous future.

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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. Shelton Law Firm

Rainwater Wrangling: Modern Solutions for an Ancient Practice

Rainwater Wrangling: Modern Solutions for an Ancient Practice

Rainwater Wrangling: Modern Solutions for an Ancient Practice

Human settlements have been collecting and storing rain water for centuries. Around the world, cisterns were built into the floors and rooftops of houses with the water being used for dry-land farming, irrigation, and drinking. Now, as our water needs grow to an all-time high, rainwater harvesting provides an easy and affordable solution. From the bustle of downtown Houston to the quiet plains of West Texas, communities are promoting and advancing the ancient, sustainable practice. The presentation will discuss the reasons to collect rain, steps for how to harvest and store it, and the best ways to use collected rainwater, whether for a home garden, agricultural use, or commercial landscaping.

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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. 

From the Start: Maritime Stories from the Oil Industry's Beginnings

From the Start: Maritime Stories from the Oil Industry's Beginnings

From the Start: Maritime Stories from the Oil Industry's Beginnings

From offshore platforms and drilling ships to inland waterway barges and floating production and storage vessels that are larger than aircraft carriers, giant energy companies rely on the maritime industry to deliver oil and gas to the nations of the world. Bob Davis, author of the new book Gusher!, will give you an inside look at the early history of how ships were used in the oil business. Select stories from his book will be highlighted, including his family's historical connection to the early shipping trade and how companies like ExxonMobil came to employ a host of specialized vessels in their worldwide operations.

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