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Lecture Series

Will Hoffman in USS Monitor turret and Monitor Painting
Saving the Ship That Saved the Union: 

Twenty Years of Conservation at the USS Monitor Center

William Hoffman, Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator, USS Monitor Center and The Mariners' Museum 
Our speaker will present a behind-the-scenes look at America's famous Civil War ironclad, USS Monitor, the ship that not only saved the Union fleet in the 1862 Battle of Hampton Roads, but also changed the future of naval warfare. Will Hoffman and his team of “ironclad conservators” at The Mariners’ Museum have been studying, stabilizing, and saving more than 200 tons of priceless artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Monitor, which sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862.  Find out what is being done to conserve the famous turret, the two Dahlgren guns, the engines, the pumps, and everything else!  Learn what’s being saved and why from the Director of Conservation himself.

Thursday, November 1, 2018
6:00 pm Reception (cash bar)
7:00 pm Lecture (followed by 8:00 pm Q&A)

Copeland Maritime Center, 1124 East 7th Street, Wilmington, DE.

Limited seating. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

$10/Member
$20/Non-member
$30/Patron (with credit in Program)
No charge for Crown & Anchor members.

Book online or call 302-429-7447 (weekdays 9 am - 5 pm)

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Will Hoffman received bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Fine Arts at the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 2005.  In 2009, he received his master’s degree in Art Conservation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, specializing in the conservation of objects.  He has worked at The Mariners’ Museum and Park since 2009, focusing on the conservation of archaeological metals recovered from the wreck site of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor.  During his tenure at The Mariner’s Museum, his research interests have encompassed the evaluation of cleaning and stabilization methods for archaeological iron metals, the disassembly of composite artifacts, and the study of 19th century metal casting and steam engine technologies.  Presently, he holds the position of Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator at The Mariners’ Museum, overseeing all conservation-related activities, including those at the USS Monitor Center.


Wilmington "Monitors"

The City of Wilmington has an interesting connection to Civil War “Monitors” as it led the nation in iron-hulled ship construction prior to the Civil War, out-producing the rest of the country combined.  The industrial firm of Harlan & Hollingsworth pioneered iron shipbuilding techniques and built America’s first sea-going iron vessel, the Bangor, in 1845.  When the Union wanted to build many more “Monitor-type” ironclads during the height of the Civil War, the U.S. Navy sought out Harlan & Hollingsworth, the firm that ultimately built three new and improved “Monitors” during the Civil War – the USS Patapsco of the Passaic class in 1862, the USS Saugus of the Canonicus class in 1863, and the USS Napa of the less successful Casco class in 1864. 

Come to the lecture and check out the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's exhibit in our Riverfront Room, called Wilmington – Industrial Powerhouse, which highlights the city’s extraordinary history of shipbuilding and railcar manufacturing.  Learn more about the Monitor’s revolutionary design and the Swedish-American genius behind it!

2018 Lecture Series

For eleven years, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's annual Lecture Series has brought world-class scholars and speakers to the greater Delaware community as part of our mission "to preserve and promote the cultural and maritime heritage of Delaware and the Delaware Valley for the education and enrichment of all."



Kalmar Nyckel : Events : Lecture Series

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