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The "Underground Railway" to pensacola:
Slaves, abolitionists, and florida's gulf coasts
Presented by matthew clavin, ph.d.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

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In the decades before the Civil War, Pensacola, Florida, was a maritime and military community that shared little in common with other seaports along the South’s Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Indeed, because of arid soil, shallow waters, and an extraordinary multiracial, multiethnic, and international population, Pensacola remained on the margins of antebellum southern society. As a result, the city earned a reputation as a gateway to freedom for enslaved people across the Deep South who found the northernmost routes of escape inaccessible. Through an examination of Pensacola during the antebellum era, this lecture tells the forgotten story of fugitive slaves and their allies along Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Matt Clavin is an award-winning teacher and historian of the United States and Atlantic world at the University of Houston. He received his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C., and is the author of Aiming for Pensacola: Fugitive Slaves on the Atlantic and Southern Frontiers, which was published by Harvard University Press in 2015. He is currently working on several research projects, including a retelling of the Battle of Negro Fort, a deadly conflict between the United States Army and Navy and hundreds of fugitive slaves and Choctaw Indians in Spanish Florida, and an examination of both the meaning and memory of the Declaration of Independence in nineteenth-century America.


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the search for malaysia airlines flight mh370
Presented by Edward J. saade


Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

ABOUT

On March 8, 2014 one of aviation history’s now greatest mysteries began to unfold with the unusual circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 with 239 souls on board. The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau assumed organization of a massive search of the ocean floor. They were contracted with the FUGRO group, a private deep-sea search company, to conduct a search exceeding 23,000 miles in water depths of up to four miles. This effort became the largest and most expansive search in aviation history. This captivating presentation will illustrate the little known equipment and science employed in deep-ocean scientific, commercial, and military projects as used in the MH370 search.

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Oyster Reef Restoration in Texas - postponed
Presented by Jennifer Pollack, Ph.D.


RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, February 6, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

$5 FOR ADULTS (12 AND UP) | FREE FOR MEMBERS, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS & CHILDREN UNDER 12 REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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ABOUT

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.

Dr. Jennifer Pollack is an Assistant Professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her research focuses on conservation and restoration of marine habitats. Pollack also works with restaurant and seafood wholesalers to recycle oyster shells for restoring oyster reefs. The program, “Sink Your Shucks”, recently recycled its one millionth pound of oyster shells, which have been used to restore over 14 acres of oyster reef habitat in the Texas coastal bend.

Location

Houston Maritime Museum
2204 Dorrington St. | Houston, Texas 77030 
Parking is available in front of the museum and in the the surface lot east of the museum (Holcombe at Montclair). 

 

 
 

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opportunities in the maritime industry
Presented by a panel of wista members

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

ABOUT

Women in the maritime industry often struggle with the challenges arising from a career in shipping. Founded in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) is a global organization that aims to alleviate those struggles by connecting female executives and decision makers from around the world. The organization serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,000 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. Join a distinguished all-female panel of WISTA members who will share their diverse backgrounds and personal career experiences in the maritime industry.


Tricia Clark is an Emergency Response Advisor for Aramco Services Company and manages maritime operational risks and business resilience.
Joy Hall is the Marine Training Director for Conoco Phillips’ Polar Tankers and is responsible for the development, implementation, and compliance of a comprehensive marine training program from 350 employees.
Captain Sherri Hickman is a Pilot for the Houston Pilot’s Association and expertly navigates vessels through the Houston Ship Channel.
Samina Sadaf Mahmood serves as the Director of Communications for Vessel Services group of O’Brien’s Response Management and manages marketing, communications, and business development matters.
Captain Lindsay Price is a Captain at G&H Towing Company and focuses on crew safety, cargo security, vessel functionality, and exceptional maneuvering and boat handling skills.

 

 
 

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From Orange to Singapore: a shipyard builds a legacy
Presented by Paul Mattingly


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Houston Maritime Museum

$5 FOR ADULTS (12 AND UP) | FREE FOR MEMBERS, ACTIVE MILITARY, VETERANS & CHILDREN UNDER 12 REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Founded in 1930, Levingston Shipbuilding Co. in Orange, Texas, soon established itself as the leading builder of ocean tugs in World War II. Later Levingston went on to become one of the first shipbuilding companies involved in offshore drilling. Expanding upon their success, Levingston established Keppel (FELS) in Singapore in 1968. Today, the shipyard started by Levingston is recognized as the world leader in offshore drilling vessels and is the only mobile drilling rig builder in the United States. Mattingly will detail the history of the iconic Levingston Shipbuilding Co. and describe the passionate workers who embodied the American can-do spirit of World War II. He will lead visitors on a journey through the times, places, and people of Levingston including one of Levingston’s greatest achievements: Glomar Challenger. Launched in the spring of 1968, this scientific drillship proved to be a significant milestone in the growing science of oceanography.


Paul Mattingly is a native of Houston. At the beginning of World War II he moved with his family to Orange, Texas, when his father became CFO of Levingston Shipbuilding Co. Mattingly went onto recieve his BS in Business from University of Houston. He eventually took over leadership of Marine and Petroleum, Manufacturing, Inc., a company his father had founded after leaving Levingston. Mattingly currently resides in Houston with his wife, Carole.

Location

Houston Maritime Museum
2204 Dorrington St. | Houston, Texas 77030 
Parking is available in front of the museum and in the the surface lot east of the museum (Holcombe at Montclair). 

 


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