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Sea Turtle Biologging: Making informed dredging decisions by understanding the where, why, and when @ U.S. Department of the Interior
Jan 16 @ 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Join U.S. Geological Survey Research Ecologist Kristen M. Hart, Ph.D. and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Marine Biologist Doug Piatkowski to learn about ongoing studies on sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico. Hear how this research is helping to detect the behavior and movement of sea turtles at specific Outer Continental Shelf sand and gravel dredging locations and how this new data informs the management decisions and coastal restoration projects of the Marine Minerals Program.

Special Assistance – For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.

Building Access – All adults must present a valid photo ID to enter the building. All visitors will be subject to security screenings, including bag and parcel checks.

Location – The Rachel Carson Room is located next to the basement cafeteria of the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC, 20240. The Sidney R Yates Auditorium is located inside the C Street Lobby.

The Washington Navy Yard and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come hear historian Tom Frezza outline the Civil War history of the Washington Navy Yard on January 17 at 6 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.

For most people, the Washington Navy Yard is just another walled off military complex in the District. But behind these walls is a rich history spanning from 1798 to the present. The time period during the American Civil War was no exception. During the war, the Navy Yard was an integral part of the defense of Washington. From the early days of the war, when Commandant Franklin Buchanan resigned his commission to join the Confederacy, leaving the Yard to Commander John A. Dahlgren, to the dark last days of the war when Lincoln assassination conspirators were brought to the Yard following their capture, the Washington Navy Yard witnessed it all. Come and learn about the history of one of the best kept secrets of Washington DC.

The presentation begins at 6 PM on January 17 at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum. The presentation will be pay-what-you-please.

Thomas Frezza is the Director of Education at the National Museum of the United States Navy. Originally from Rhode Island, he received in bachelors in Parks, Recreation and Eco Tourism from Unity College in Maine in 2008, after which he moved to the area to work for the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry. In 2010 he received his master’s in History from Shippensburg University, while also starting a job with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Working his way up through the ranks of the museum, he developed staff and docent training, wrote and facilitated tours, and worked with artifacts in his final position as Collections Manager. Today he leads programs, develops curriculum, writes and leads tours, and is one of the public faces of the National Museum of the United States Navy.

Clara Barton at Andersonville @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Historian Mary Kate Robbett will discuss Clara Barton and her relationship with the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

The current historiography on Civil War prisons discusses Andersonville’s uses and meanings during Reconstruction, but offers only passing mention of Barton. Robbett’s presentation will look at the ways Barton’s public work fits into the larger story of Americans’ memories of Andersonville as well as Barton’s contributions to the postwar conversation and rhetoric about the treatment of POWs.

Mary Kate Robbett graduated from George Washington University’s Museum Studies M.A. program in May, 2017. While there, she received the program’s Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award. She currently works at the National Museum of American History as a Spark!Lab Facilitator.