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McMullen Naval History Symposium

Welcome to the home of U.S. Naval Academy's McMullen Naval History Symposium. The History Department at Annapolis hosts this world-renowned event biennially to highlight the latest research on naval and maritime history from academics and practitioners all over the globe. The 2019 McMullen Symposium will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, on 19-20 September 2019. Held since 1973, the symposium has been described as the "largest regular meeting of naval historians in the world" and as the U.S. Navy's "single most important interaction with [an] academic historical audience."  


CALL FOR PAPERS, Naval History Symposium 2019 (Deadline Past)



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The Symposium is located on "The Yard" at the U.S. Naval Academy, with events in Mahan Hall, Sampson Hall, Preble Hall, and Alumni Hall.


Each day of the two-day event begins with a light continental breakfast in Mahan Hall with publishers' book displays and an opportunity to mix with the leading naval historians in the world. AM and PM research panel sessions are held in the adjacent classrooms of Sampson Hall. 

Lunch on Thursday, 19 September will be held in Alumni Hall (first 150 registrants) and lunch on Friday, 20 September is open for attendees to enjoy Annapolis dining, or the Officer & Faculty Club and the Drydock Restaurant in Dahlgren Hall. A reception will be hosted at the USNA Museum in Preble Hall, with a cash bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres, prior to the plenary McMullen Seapower Address on Thursday evening.

Complete McMullen 2019 Agenda (Final)


Thursday - AM Schedule

Thursday - PM Schedule

Friday - AM Schedule

Friday - PM Schedule

Logistics (Lodging and Transportation):

The Symposium will provide transportation on and off the Naval Academy grounds each day. Shuttles will run from the Doubletree Annapolis hotel and the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium parking Lot A and B (Blue Side). For details on access to the Naval Academy if you do not intend to use the shuttle, visit the website of the Armel-Leftwich Visitor's Center at USNA.

UPDATE: Shuttle buses will run from the Doubletree hotel, through the stadium parking lot, to USNA throughout the day.  The first buses will leave the hotel by 0630 each morning.  During the morning and evening rush we will have multiple buses running, but will maintain a constant circuit with one shuttle all day long.  On Thursday, the buses will carry everyone off The Yard following the end of the McMullen Sea Power Address in Mahan Hall, and will make rounds until everyone has had a chance to head back to the hotel or to parking.  A similar process will happen on Friday at the end of the last session.

Double Tree Hotel Annapolis has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Contact the hotel for details at 410-224-3150. Visit the "Visit Annapolis" website for other lodging opportunities.

Knox Award Dinner:

The Naval Historical Foundation hosts their Knox Award Dinner on the evening of 20 September at the Doubletree Hotel Annapolis, after the conclusion of the McMullen Symposium. For registration and details on the banquet visit the NHF website:

Questions should be directed to the organizing committee's email at 

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Previous symposia:

2017 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events


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