New York and the USS Monitor
Our Opening Weekend for 2017 will be an exciting time with new exhibits and presentation from the two speakers outlined below. Come to the Lincoln Depot Museum both days and learn the details of how New York was pivotal in the construction of the USS Monitor during the Civil War.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 & Sunday, April 23, 2017
The museum will open at 1:00 p.m. both days with the presentations to start at 1:15. The museum will be open until 4 p.m. both days.
Admission to museum and presentation: $10.00 per person, Members Free
Prof. Jason E. Schaaf
John Flack Winslow and the Building of the USS Monitor
Professor Schaaf is the Education Supervisor for the Hudson River Valley Institute and Adjunct Professor at Marist College. He will discuss businessman John Flack Winslow’s quest to build the USS Monitor and the New York connection to the production of the iron used and the Monitor’s construction.
Robert E. Sheridan
The Discovery and Recovery of the USS Monitor: An Update
Robert E. Sheridan is a marine geophysicist and marine geologist who studied the North American Atlantic continental margin for over fifty years. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from Rutgers University and a master’s and Ph.D. degrees in marine geophysics from Columbia University. He was an associate professor at the University of Delaware when he was part of the team that discovered the USS Monitor wreck off Cape Hatteras. As a descendant of a Union Army veteran with an interest in Civil War history, his work on the discovery and recovery of the USS Monitor allowed him to combine his vocation with his avocation, the love of history. Sheridan moved to Rutgers as a full professor in 1986 and he retired in 2003. He is active at Rutgers as a professor emeritus. He lives in Delaware with his wife Karen.