U.S. Navy Seabee Museum patrons are invited to a special speaking engagement with Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) Senior Historian, Dr. Michael Crawford on May 20 at 6 p.m.
Crawford, who holds a doctorate in American History from Boston University, will present his traveling lecture, “Naval Documents of the American Revolution” which will cover the broader elements of his award-winning 12-volume series of the same name with emphasis on the 12th volume published earlier this year.
“The spring of 1778 witnessed significant changes and the acceleration of changes already in motion in the nature of naval warfare during the American Revolution,” said Crawford in his lecture summary. “Many of these changes, although vitally important in understanding the American Revolution, have been virtually ignored in history books. This talk will provide a new and exciting perspective to anyone interested in the Revolutionary War or in America’s naval heritage.”
The lecture will provide an opportunity for the community to see firsthand one of the main functions of the Seabee Museum and NHHC, its parent command, said Dr. Lara Godbille, museum director.
“NHHC manages the official history program of the United States Navy, fulfilling its mission to strengthen the Navy’s effectiveness by preserving, analyzing, and interpreting the service’s hard-earned experience,” Godbille explained. “Dr. Crawford’s lecture will provide an opportunity to the local Ventura County to learn more about the role of the Navy during the American Revolution from a world-renown expert on the subject.”