2012 – Monumental Maritime Anniversaries
Samuel Heed, Kalmar Nyckel at 375: "The Things They Carried" Aboard Kalmar Nyckel, 1637-38
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Sam Heed’s talk was inspired by a working visit to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Designed as a tribute to the original Kalmar Nyckel and crew as well as a way to honor the men and women who sail her reconstructed namesake today, Heed’s lecture is intended as a meditation on transatlantic voyaging in the 17th-century. Heed will attempt to answer the questions he’s asked all the time, namely: What was it like to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century? Who sailed these ships? Where did they come from, how did they live, and what did they bring with them? How did they ever make it?
Sam Heed is the Senior Historian & Director of Education at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, where he is responsible for creating innovative programs inspired by the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, “preserving and promoting the cultural and maritime heritage for the education and enrichment of all.” His recent publications include: “New Sweden’s Rocky Relationship with New Netherland,” a paper delivered at the New Netherland Institute’s 34th Seminar; “‘On the Rocks’ with Peter Minuit: Finding Fort Christina,” delivered at the Society For Historical Archaeology’s 45th Annual Conference; the comprehensive Kalmar Nyckel Guidebook; and Kalmar Nyckel Expedition Cards and World Trade Cards, which supplement two Social Studies Units Heed developed for Delaware’s Department of Education. Prior to joining the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation in 2008, Heed taught history for twenty years and practiced law for five. He is a director at the Ingerman Family Foundation, a member of the board of governors at the American Swedish Historical Museum, and serves on the board of directors for the Swedish Council of America in Minneapolis, MN.
David Mindell, USS Monitor at 150: Iron Coffin: War, Technology, and Experience Aboard USS Monitor
Renowned MIT Professor and prize-winning author Dr. David A. Mindell will present our second lecture in honor of the 150th anniversary of the first ironclad conflict between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, which took place at Hampton Roads on March 9, 1862. One of America’s foremost historians of engineering and manufacturing as well as how humans interact with their own technological creations, Professor Mindell will help us understand what it was like to live and fight aboard the Monitor. he will provide insights about the Monitor’s place in naval warfare and maritime technology.
Dr. Mindell is Frances and David Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT as well as the Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. A Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Dr. Mindell is founder and director of MIT’s “DeepArch” research group in technology, archaeology, and the deep sea. His research interests include the history of automation in the military, the history of electronics and computing, theories of engineering systems, deep ocean robotic archaeology, and the history of space exploration. His book War, Technology, and Experience Aboard USS MONITOR won the Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology for the best book in the field accessible to a broad audience. He has also been recognized for two other books, Between Human and Machine: Feedback, Control, and Computing Before Cybermetics and Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in the First Six Lunar Landings. He is also co-leading a project with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Greek Ministry of Culture to explore the deep Aegean Sea for ancient and bronze-age shipwrecks using autonomous underwater vehicles.
Daniel Allen Butler, RMS Titanic at 100: Ship for the Ages
Daniel Allen Butler, best-selling Titanicauthor, will give the capstone lecture on April 15th – the exact 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic. One of the three or four most recognizable words in the English language and the world’s best known ship, Titanic continues to resonate with modern audiences of all interests and backgrounds in ways that are almost as remarkable as the story of the tragic sinking itself. Titanic is clearly a “Ship for the Ages,” and the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation is honored to be bringing world-renowned Titanic author and speaker Daniel Allen Butler to Wilmington and the Delaware Valley. To have Mr. Butler speaking on the exact 100th anniversary of the sinking will make April 15th a “Night to Remember.”
Daniel Allen Butler is a distinguished maritime and military historian as well as the best-selling author of two books on Titanic: “Unsinkable” – the Full Story of RMS TITANIC and The Other Side of the Night: The CARPATHIA, the CALIFORNIAN, and the Night the TITANIC Was Lost. Beyond the Titanic, Mr. Butler has received acclaim for seven other books on a range of subjects, from the origins of the First World War to the creation of the modern Middle East, from the history of the Cunard line to the Lusitania, from the battle of Jutland to the siege of Khartoum.
Educated at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Erlangen, Mr. Butler served in the United States Army before becoming a full time author. He is an internationally-recognized authority on maritime subjects and a popular speaker, equally adept before a broad-range of audiences, everywhere from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to the Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2, and ships of the Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines. A self-proclaimed “professional beach bum,” Mr. Butler divides what little time he spends away from his writing between his love of woodworking, his passion for his 1972 Triumph Spitfire, and his fascination with building model ships. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel was part of Gustav II Adolf's famous Swedish invasion fleet of 1630, a landmark event of the Thirty Years' War?