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Lecture Series

50 Years of Underwater Archaeology

at the Smithsonian

Dr. Paul F. Johnston 
Scientific Diver and Curator of Maritime History 
Smithsonian National Museum of American History 
May 8, 2014
Reception 6pm to 7pm
Lecture 7pm to 8:30pm
Chase Center on the Riverfront
Dravo Auditorium
815 Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Dr. Paul F. Johnston, Scientific Diver and Curator of Maritime History at the National Museum of American History, is our headlining Smithsonian scholar of exploration. He will present on the early days of shipwreck exploration at the Smithsonian and the colorful archaeologists who undertook this important work.


Dr. Johnston has been pursuing his lifelong passion of hunting down and excavating shipwrecks. Inspired as a boy in part by the hit television series
Sea Hunt, he has become something of a real life "Mike Nelson" -- traveling the globe as a modern-day explorer, scientist, diver, researcher, and curator of the first order. He is an active advisor to a host of important agencies and boards -- both national and international -- that work to preserve and illuminate the world's maritime treasures.

Dr. Johnston's recent work at the Smithsonian includes research about American slave shipwrecks, research on the wreck of the Royal Yacht of Hawaiian King Kamehameha II, and the integration of a 4,000 object collection from CIGNA Corporation in the Smithsonian Collections.


Don't miss this unique opportunity to visit with a world renown Smithsonian curator!   

$8.00 Members
$12.00 Non-Members
$15.00 At the Door
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
Mary Ann Connelly

Now in its 6th year, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's annual lecture series brings world class scholars and speakers to the greater Delaware community as part of our mission "to preserve and promote Delaware's cultural and maritime heritage for the education and enrichment of all."  This year we highlight the ways in which "ships" have been and continue to be crucial instruments in man's urge for "exploration."

Kalmar Nyckel : Events : Lecture Series

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