Monitor & Virginia: Ironclads at War

 Ironclads at WarOn Display January 30 – May 3, 2014

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, proudly announces the premiere of its upcoming exhibition: MONITOR  &  VIRGINIA: Ironclads at War, on display from January 30-May 3, 2014. Developed by the Museum, this exhibition will open on Thursday, January 30, at 6 pm, with a free public lecture, An Ironclad Mystery: Faces in History, by TAMU Nautical Archaeology Program’s Dr. C. Wayne Smith.  His presentation will discuss Monitor artifacts, naval records, early photographs, and the artistry of facial reconstruction — and will be followed by an open reception with refreshments and gallery viewing.

Materials on display will include selected items from a number of private collections and displayed publicly for the first time to commemorate the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads, March, 8 & 9, 2014.  Artifacts, photographs, and interpretative text will captivate visitors with details of the battle, the importance of these vessels as feats of naval engineering, and stories of the lives of men who commanded and manned them.

Image at top right: The Monitor and Merrimac: First Fight Between Ironclads, oil by J.O. Davidson, 1885, lithograph, 1888.

Dr. Wayne Smith

Dr. C. Wayne Smith
Professor, Texas A&M University

Dr. Smith holds the conservation chair for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and he also directs the Archaeological Preservation Research laboratory (APRL). APRL is a research laboratory within the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University, which works with the Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, the Center for the Study of First Americans and the Department of Anthropology.