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May 18

Tidewater Genealogical Society Holds USS Monitor Lecture

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 8:31 AM by Communications Department

Understanding the Monitor Boys presented by John V. Quarstein

In the last few years, interest in genealogy and family history has escalated. Newport News residents are fortunate to have a top notch genealogical association right in their back yard. The Tidewater Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and sustaining interest in genealogical affairs through education and research programs designed to assist members in their search for ancestors. The next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at the 1884 Warwick Courthouse at 14415 Old Courthouse Way. John V. Quarstein, Director, USS Monitor Center, is presenting Understanding the Monitor Boys. The event is free and open to the public.
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Quarstein’s presentation includes a discussion about the United States Navy’s first ironclad warship the USS Monitor and the men who manned the vessel. The Monitor Boys, a moniker the men gave themselves, is a reflection of how these hundred-odd souls were bound together through storms, battles, boredom and disaster. Just living aboard the ironclad took uncommon effort and fortitude as they persevered through the heat, stress and un-seaworthiness that defined life on the ship. Moreover, the Monitor Boys were agents in the change of naval warfare. Follow the stories of men who risked everything by going to sea in the celebrated “cheesebox on a raft” and became the hope of a nation wracked by war.

The Tidewater Genealogical Society’s research library is located in the 1884 Warwick Courthouse building and the Society’s bi-monthly meetings are held at the courthouse. In addition, they organize bus trips to Washington, D.C. for researching in the Library of Congress and the Daughters of the American Revolution Library. For more information contact the Society at 757-988-1055 or by email at