"From knowledge, seapower": On 10 October 1845, the United States Naval Academy was formally opened at Annapolis, Maryland. Naval History and Heritage Command has assembled collections of imagery, artifacts, art, and numerous other resources that commemorate the academy's often-colorful history. The Naval Academy has weathered the storms, rocks, and shoals of the United States' evolution as a nation and society, and has graduated scores of dedicated sea services officers who have made their marks in U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps annals—and in the history of our nation.
"The United States Naval Academy, 1845-2020" provides an extensive review of the first 175 years of the academy's existence: its origins and mission, its institutional and professional challenges, the evolution of its curriculum, its changing physical appearance, the growth of unique traditions, and its lifeblood—its midshipmen.
Essays, Blogs, and Podcasts
"Savage Coating: NHHC Conservators Team with USNA to Solve a Mystery"
Wesley A. Brown, the first African American graduation of the U.S. Naval Academy
Georgia Clark Sadler, first female officer to serve as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy
"Preble Hall": Podcast by the U.S. Naval Academy Museum featuring a broad swath of topics from academy, U.S. Navy, and maritime history.
- Explore imagery of the U.S. Naval Academy from the 1860s through 1970s from NHHC's photo archive.
Artifacts and Art
View artifacts and art from the NHHC Headquarters Collections that span the U.S. Naval Academy's first 175 years.