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National Museum of the American Sailor

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Speaker's Bureau 

Presentations now available virtually!

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. If your group is unable to get together in person or far from the museum, sign up for a virtual presentation. Virtual presentations are available using the museum's Zoom account.

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 or (847) 688-3154.


Available Presentations:

The Battle of Midway

Known as the Navy's greatest victory, the three-day Battle of Midway effectively turned the tide of the War in the Pacific. This presentation gives an overview of the decisive battle and explores the far-reaching impact of American victory. 

The Birth of the U.S. Navy - Coming Soon!

For over 200 years, the United States Navy has been protecting our nation and maintaining freedom of the seas. Discover how the Navy was established and explore the swashbuckling experiences of Age of Sail sailors. This presentation discusses the first 20 years of the U.S. Navy, from 1775 to 1798.

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.

The Golden Thirteen

In 1944, sixteen African American sailors arrived at Great Lakes for a groundbreaking officers’ training course. Thirteen of those men would become the first African American commissioned officers in Navy history. In this program, we explore the experiences of the Golden Thirteen at Great Lakes, their time in the fleet, and the lasting legacy of these pioneers.

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 Inky Sea: Tattoos and the Navy

Naval history is rich in the culture and tradition of tattoos. Tattoos have been a part of the Navy for centuries and each one tells a story. Sailors get them for different reasons, at different places on their bodies, and done in different styles. In this presentation, we will discuss the ways in which tattoos and Navy culture intertwine, how they are part of Navy traditions, and view the many styles of Navy tattoos.


Published: Wed Aug 26 15:11:06 EDT 2020