Join us for this virtual program as historian, and Director, National Museum of the U.S. Navy and NMUSN Campus Program Office, James Rentfrow talks about the role of the Navy in early-national era exploration efforts (i.e. compared to Lewis and Clark), and specifically about the United States Exploring Expedition.  

James C. "Chris" Rentfrow, a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, spent 19 years as an operational Naval Flight Officer before transferring to the Permanent Military Professor community in 2008.  He earned his Ph.D. in United States History from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2012, and subsequently served as Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy until his statutory retirement after 30 years of service.   In December 2019, Dr. Rentfrow joined the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, D.C., as Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and the NMUSN Campus Program Office.  

Brown Bag Briefs is a series of one-hour talks on the third Wednesday of every month.  Topics are related to U.S. naval history, museum collection objects, art, technological achievement, and people.  Occasionally, the program may be held on a different day to coincide with special observances.  Check our website for the most updated listing. 

This is a pre-recorded program on the NMUSN Facebook page.   If anyone has any problems accessing the museum's Facebook page, or have a question for the speaker, please send an email to

James C. "Chris" Rentfrow, Ph.D.