Speaker's Bureau 

Are you looking for a program for your civic organization, special-interest group, or community event? Our staff is available to deliver presentations about the history of the United States Navy’s Enlisted Sailor. There is no charge for this service.

Presentations vary in length, and may be delivered with or without an accompanying PowerPoint slideshow. We consider speaking engagement requests individually, and strive to create the perfect presentation for every group.

Currently available programs are listed below. Do you have a specific topic in mind? We will do our best to accommodate your needs, dependent upon staff availability.


To learn more about the program guidelines and to schedule a Speaker’s Bureau event for your group, please complete the Speaker’s Bureau Request form here and return to the museum. If you have questions about the program, please contact the Museum at nmas.fct@navy.mil or (847) 688-3154 to schedule a presentation.

Available Presentations:

The Skies Above Great Lakes

"The Skies Above Great Lakes" is a presentation about the Naval Aviation History at Naval Station Great Lakes. This discussion begins by informing on how the Navy became involved with aviation. We then address Great Lakes association with Naval Aviation during both World Wars and conclude with the wider regions efforts to advance Naval Aviation during World War II. 

Brick by Brick: A History of Naval Station Great Lakes

"Brick by Brick" explores the history of Naval Station Great Lakes, from its founding in 1911 through two world wars, the development of modern warfare technology and its current role as the home of Recruit Training Command, the U.S. Navy's only boot camp; and Training Support Center, providing technical post-recruit training in a number of disciplines, in over eighty different courses of instruction.

Great Lakes, Great Women

"Great Lakes, Great Women" explores the significant contributions of women to Naval Station Great Lakes from its opening in 1911 through the present. This presentation highlights over twenty women who broke legal and civic barriers in the fight for inclusion, equality, and recognition within the United States Navy.

The Calumet Navy Yard and the Fight for Civil Rights, 1942-1945

In early 1942, the U.S. Navy turned to the nation’s railroad car builder, Pullman, for seventy-eight naval warships. In just thirty months, the South Chicago shipyard’s 6,000 men and women -- white, African-American, Hispanic, Chinese, First World War veterans – dramatically challenged American racial and gender discrimination. But did their challenge really achieve anything once the war ended? Join us for an exploration of the Calumet Harbor shipbuilders’ lasting legacies and lost opportunities during the 75th anniversary of their efforts.

Pride in Service: The History of the United States Navy Band

Since its earliest days music was an important element in the Navy. From its humble beginnings of fifes and drummers in the late eighteenth century, the United States Navy currently has eleven bands that perform over 6,000 engagements a year to over 15 million people. This presentation looks at the roots of the United States Navy Bands, how they have grown in scope and mission, and how they remain an integral component of naval operations at home and abroad.

The Navy’s Chief Petty Officer

This presentation examines the development of the Chief Petty Officer within the context of naval history and the history of Naval Station Great Lakes. From their ancestral roots as “Master’s at arms,” the role of the ‘Chiefs’ in U.S. Navy has been instrumental in the development of the U.S. Navy and the enlisted sailor.

Published:Fri Jun 29 14:36:42 EDT 2018