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USS Silversides Submarine Museum Fall Lecture Series 2020

This is an online event only!


Go to our Facebook page and get the ZOOM address to watch them.

The World Transformed 1945-1953

Back to school looks very different in 2020 and that is true at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum as well.  We wish we could have everybody here for our 2020 Fall Lecture series, but for now, the state is still restricting the size of gatherings indoors and until that has changed and everyone feels safe being together, we are making the shift to all online presentations this fall.  So, yes, we are excited to bring you some fascinating lectures presented by two wonderful presenters, but this year, we will all be watching from our homes.

All of the lectures will be premiered at 6:00pm on Monday night in two places.  You may watch them on our Facebook page or you may watch them on our YouTube channel.   Any questions or comments you may have on the content of the lecture may be sent through Facebook during the Monday night showing and our Executive Director, Peggy Maniates, will be available to answer them.  There is no charge to watch the lectures.  After Monday night you may watch them anytime on our YouTube Channel.   

All of the September lectures will be presented by Fred L. Johnson III, Associate Professor of History at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Prior to his career in higher education, Dr. Johnson served as a Communications-Electronics and Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Dr. Johnson earned his Masters and doctorate degrees at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. 

The topics for this month online are:


October 5:        End of the War in Asia, redistribution of colonial interests                                                                            and military trial for the far East.

October 12:      Beginning of the Cold War and the rise of Communism

October 19:      China: Overview of politics in China during WWII, post                                                                   WWII leadership and Chinese Communism

October 26:      Russia: Post WWII and early Cold War expansion

 Remember this is an online presentation only, do not come to the museum!

The October schedule will be shared towards the end of September. 



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Come see our newest exhibit,

  Those Who Cared For Those Who Served

 Please join us as we open the USS Silversides Submarine Museums newest Exhibit — “Those Who Cared For Those Who Served.”

Military service can be a stressful time for all involved. The USS Silversides will honor those Corpsman, Chaplains and the Medical Services in all branches of the military who provided support to those served.  This is a group which often goes unrecognized.  It is our pleasure to highlight those who cared for those who served.


Upcoming Events

 Tribute Flags:  Memorialize your Veteran for the Holiday Season with a tribute flag flown in their Honor from Veterans Day until New Years Day.  More information coming soon!

 Spring of 2020 Lecture Series: The Vietnam Conflict. This 10 week series will be offered alongside the Museum newest exhibit on the same subject.  Each week we will have authors, historians and Veterans providing us with an overview of the Conflict.

 The Vietnam Conflict Exhibit Spring and Summer of 2020—local veterans stories and an overview of the conflict

 Lost Boat Ceremony—Sunday, May 24, 2020

 The Summer Film Series 2020—stay tuned!

 Fall of 2020 Lecture Series:  The Problems with Peace; 1945 to 1950.  This remarkable Series will discuss the 75th anniversary of the End of WWII, the Beginning of the Cold War and the 70th Anniversary of the beginning of the Korean Conflict.



Thank you for participating in the

Fall 2019 Lecture and Film Series.

If you enjoyed the program, please consider

supporting our upcoming programs by:

  1. Program Sponsorship
  2. Exhibit Sponsorship
  3. Buy-A-Brick Program Purchase
  4. Donations of money, books, military memorabilia
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