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POSTPONED: 47th Annual Albert Reed & Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium: Leadership: 200 Years of Maine Pioneers

April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Following Maine CDC’s recommendation, we have decided to postpone this year’s Symposium. Updated details will be posted as soon as they are available.

Join us for the 47th Albert Reed and Thelma Walker Maritime Symposium examining Maine leadership on Saturday April 4, 2020. As part of the state’s bicentennial celebrations, this year’s Symposium will feature scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine what leadership means in the context of maritime Maine. This interdisciplinary program will touch on abolitionists, the Civil War, the slave trade, 20th century medicine, steamships, the Navy, the War of 1812, and Maine’s lobster fishery.

Advance registration is required, tickets will not be available at the door. An optional boxed lunch can be ordered during registration; attendees are also free to go off-site to enjoy Bath’s restaurants for lunch. Boxed lunches must be ordered in advance.

Generously sponsored by:

Lincoln Paine



8:30-9:00 AM

Check-in and Coffee Reception

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

9:30 AM

John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851): An Antebellum Black Leader Forged in Maine

Carl Patrick Burrowes, Author, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea

10:20-10:30 AM


10:30 AM

Turning the Tide at Gettysburg: How Maine Saved the Union

Jerry Desmond, Executive Director, Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier

11:10 AM

To Hang A Slaver: The Unique Case of Nathaniel Gordon

Ron Soodalter, Author, Hanging Captain Gordon

12:00-1:30 PM


1:30  PM

Unpacking the Black Bag in the Age of Miracles: Medicine and Modernization in the Rural Northeast, 1920s-1970s

Sasha Mullally, Associate Dean, University of New Brunswick

2:10-2:20 PM


2:20 PM

Steaming the Gulf: Maine Pioneers the Internationalization of the First High Technology
John Laurence Busch, Author, Steam Coffin

3:00 PM

A Tale of Two Chiefs of Naval Operations

Winn Price, Local Historian

3:30 PM

Captain Isaac Hull, the Navy Yard and the War of 1812
Joseph Glukert, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Historian and Museum Director

4:00-4:10 PM


4:10-5:00  PM

Leading Maine’s Lobster Industry through Changing Time

Patrice McCarron, Executive Director, Maine Lobstermen’s Association

5:00 PM

Closing Remarks

5:00-6:30 PM



Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington St
Bath, ME 04530 United States
Maine Maritime Museum