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A Young Man in a Brave New World: William Speiden Jr. and the Opening of Japan

“This has been an important and great day and on which the Second grand landing of the Americans in Japan took place. I was fortunate enough on the occasion of the First landing to be one of those who landed.” (8 March 1854) David Dixon Porter. David Glasgow Farragut. Ernest King. William Halsey. These names

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2013 David Leighton Lecture: RADM Robert Shumaker, USN (Ret)

We are very pleased to present the video of the 2013 David Leighton Lecture, from the Naval Historical Foundation Annual Membership Meeting, 15 June 2013. The speaker was Rear Admiral Robert Shumaker, USN (Ret). In February 1965, while flying an F8 Crusader, he was shot down on a mission over North Vietnam, was captured, and

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Former Vietnam POW RADM Robert H. Shumaker To Deliver Leighton Lecture

We are honored to announce that Rear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker, USN (Ret), will deliver the annual David Leighton Lecture at the 2013 Naval Historical Foundation Annual Meeting. Bob Shumaker was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania where his parents, Alvah and Eleanor, were a lawyer and a writer, respectively. He attended Northwestern University for a

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Navy Museum Hosts Panel on Formerly Classified Undersea CIA/Navy Mission

Last night, the US Navy Museum hosted a special panel presentation entitled “An Underwater Ice Station Zebra: Recovering a Secret Spy Satellite Capsule from 16,400 ft Below the Pacific Ocean” The subject for the evening was the once classified 1972 mission to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Early that year, a film capsule from

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Seawolf: Maritime Strategy Covered In Sub History Seminar

With the Covert Submarine Operations exhibit in the National Museum of the U.S. Navy’s Cold War Gallery serving as a backdrop, a large crowd filled the Gallery’s North Hall on the evening of 11 April 2013 (coinciding with the Submarine Force’s 113th Birthday) to witness and participate in a program titled “Seawolf and The Maritime

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High School Student is Latest Addition to NHF Speakers Program

One of the services that the Naval Historical Foundation has provided to civic groups around the nation is a cadre of speakers who have naval history expertise developed through the study of naval history, or as a participant in historic events. Since 2000, the NHF has deployed dozens of individuals to address audiences from Maine

HNSA 2012 Conference – Call for Papers

The Historic Naval Ships Association is looking for topics for sessions and presentations for their 2012 Conference to be held in Key West, FL on 19-22 September 2012. Please contact HNSA Conference Chair Toby Oothoudt at tobyo@bex.net, or call at 419-340-2721. For more information visit the Historic Naval Ships Association website.

War of 1812 Bicentennial Heritage Speakers Survey

Opportunity: Since 1997, the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) has maintained a list of members who are available to speak to groups on naval historical topics in their areas of expertise.  Many of our speakers are scholars who have conducted research and are widely published.  Other speakers are Navy veterans “who were there” or have strong