History Does Matter: Admiral Dunn Awarded Distinguished Public Service Award

Retired Vice Admiral Robert F. Dunn received the Department of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award during the 10 December Naval Historical Foundation’s semiannual Board of Directors Meeting. The award is a testament to Vice Admiral Dunn’s tireless efforts to educate the public about naval history, and to his commitment to the core tenants of

Why Not Comic-Con? 10th Maritime Heritage Conference Draws the Best and Brightest in Maritime/Naval History

By Matthew Eng I thought my experience at this year’s 10th Maritime Heritage Conference would be like every other history conference. Most conferences roll by mechanically on autopilot. A variety of presentations and panels on historical subjects form the crux of discussion. Hotel food is eaten. Conversations are made. Cards are exchanged. Hands are shaken.

Men and Women of Steel: A Labor Day Tribute to Navy Civilians in Times of Peace and War (Photo Essay)

It is incredibly difficult to go “full speed ahead” without a ship to sail. If it was not for the skilled hands that crafted the 8-inch barrels, Captain Charles Gridley could not fire Olympia’s guns at Manila Bay. Do sailors alone win the great victories and triumphs of our naval history? Without the help of

So Much More to Learn: Interns Learn History and Hard Work at NMUSN

Last week, we published a short story on the experiences of our 2014 summertime interns. The post served as a starting point to a series of articles highlighting internships at the Naval Historical Foundation and our friends at the Naval History and Heritage Command and their museum institutions around the country. Everyone needs a good

Integrity at the Helm: Gerald R. Ford Museum Exhibit Displays Past, Present, and Future of Aircraft Carriers

Naval Historical Foundation Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.) attended the opening of a new exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan last Monday. The exhibit, called “Taking the Seas: Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier,” discusses the history of aircraft carriers from their development during World War I

Take Your Child To Work Day at NMUSN: Missiles, flags, and beads, oh my!

Kids of all ages came to the National Museum and Cold War Gallery inside the Washington Navy Yard to participate in “Take Your Child to Work Day.” The Naval Historical Foundation helped staff members of the NMUSN’s education department with a series of hands-on activities and gallery tours on naval history. The special day included a

10 Best Photo Captions from the 1964 USS Enterprise Cruise Book

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic around-the-world cruise of the USS Enterprise and Nuclear Task Force One.  Celebrate this event by taking a look at the lighter side of the “Big E” cruise book from 1964. 1. Lifeblood of the Navy 2. U.S. Navy – Ahead of Hipsters Since 1964 3. Teamwork 4.

New Aircraft Additions to the Cold War Gallery

The first thing visitors see when they walk through the doors of the Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery is the massive Trident I C-4 Missile.  Looking left, an impressive glass case sits right next to the Ready Room Theater.  The case houses a wide array of 1:48 scale models of aircraft developed and flown during

Government Shutdown Impact to NHF Photo Reproductions and Museum Store

With the news of the government shutdown this week, we want to pass along word of a few impacts to Naval Historical Foundation members and customers. Our office is open as normal, and we will be available by email and phone. But we will not be able to fulfill photo reproduction orders from the collection

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Vietnam POWs: “Battle Behind Bars” Video

U.S. military personnel taken prisoner during the Vietnam War endured years of brutal captivity. Take a look at this video which describes the experience of captured U.S. naval aviators and their “Battle Behind Bars,” currently featured in the U.S. Navy Museum’s Cold War Gallery, at the Washington Navy Yard. The video was developed by the

NHF Sponsors Reception at Navy Museum to Commemorate Battle of Lake Erie

  On Tuesday evening, the Naval Historical Foundation sponsored a reception at the National Museum of the United States Navy, celebrating the Bicentennial of the Navy’s great victory at the Battle of Lake Erie. That War of 1812 naval battle ended in a stunning defeat of a British squadron, and gave the United States uncontested

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NHF Supports Navy Museum’s LEGO Robotics Program

This summer, we’ve had the opportunity to work with the Navy Museum on their Summer Engineering Camp, and directly support the LEGO Robotics portion of the curriculum. The camp, which concluded last Friday, brought dozens of youngsters to the museum for a four-day, team based competition. The Cold War Gallery was bustling all week with

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2013 Naval Historical Foundation STEM-H Teacher Fellowship Program a Success

  The summer 2013 Naval Historical Foundation STEM-H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and History) Fellowship Program, conducted in coordination with Historic Ship Nautilus and the Submarine Force Library and Museum Association, in Groton, CT, came to a successful conclusion in the first week of August. Four Connecticut teachers, Ted Allen (science) and Greg Felber (math and

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Navy Museum Store – August Blowout Sale!

For the entire month of August enjoy a 10% discount on all items, including marked down items. Check with the Navy Museum Store (202) 889-2212 (located in the Navy Museum, Building 76) or the Naval Historical Foundation (202) 678-4333 (located in Building 57) for further details. And be sure to check out the selection of