15May18 Update: Now is the time to register! The link for the Guided Tours (see below) has been sent to advance registrants ONLY; sign-ups are on first-come basis. Also, the Museum will be offering 3 months of free membership to anyone who attends the event and purchases an Annual Membership.
Register now for the special reception at The Mariners' Museum and Park to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, "Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I"; 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, on Friday, 18 May 2017. Early registration is recommended since we expect to quickly reach capacity with multiple maritime-focused organizations participating. Also, with the support of multiple sponsors, tickets for this event are only $10 (less than the discounted Military or Senior admission to the Museum) and complimentary h'ors d'oeuvres are included. A cash bar will also be available.
The Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the “war to end all wars”; see www.marinersmuseum.org/answering-americas-call for information on the exhibit.
Additionally, through the gracious and generous support of The Mariners' Museum staff:
• Our group will be the only guests at the Museum that evening
• The USS Monitor Center and all Museum galleries will be open
• Two "special programs" have been arranged exclusively for our guests:
- Object Interpretation: Guests will also have a rare opportunity to interact with Museum staff and hear the stories behind one-of-a-kind objects in the Museum’s collection. Objects like a 9th century Viking sword, an astounding painting of the German ocean liner Kaiser Wilhelm II, an early 20th century Marconi radio, or a late 19th century despatch box by the famous luxury products company Asprey of London.
- Guided Tours: A select few will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes to the collections with the Director of Collections Management and library storage areas with the Museum Librarian where unique items will be highlighted. Guests can also witness conservation in action as they tour the Batten Conservation Complex, which houses 210-tons of artifacts from the USS Monitor, including the turret and cannons! Each of those tours will be conducted three times during the evening with small groups of pre-registered guests.
Your hosts for The Mariners' Museum Reception - "Answering America’s Call: Newport News in World War I"; 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Friday, 18 May 2017 include the following organizations:
ASNE Hampton Roads USNA Hampton Roads Alumni ChapterFinally, please remember to thank our community partner and venue, The Mariners' Museum (www.marinersmuseum.org), as well as all of our generous sponsors
Navy Mustang Association USNA Williamsburg Alumni Chapter
USMMA Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter West Point Society of Hampton Roads
Cruiser Sponsor: Newport News Shipbuilding (nns.huntingtoningalls.com)
Ship Sponsor: USAA (www.usaa.com)
Schooner Sponsors: American Systems (www.americansystems.com), NFCU (www.navyfederal.org), Harris Fire Protection (harrisfireco.com), ITA International (ita-intl.com), Klett Consulting Group (kcg-inc.net) and Zeiders American Dream Theater (thez.org)
Boat Sponsors: AERMOR (www.aermor.com), ARTEL (arteleggs.com), Cape Henry Associates (cape-henry.com), First Command (www.firstcommand.com) and Jo-Kell (jokell.com)