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Preble Hall Podcast

A naval history podcast from Preble Hall - the United States Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to more current events. 

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Latest Episode

EP64: Honor, Heroism, and the Spanish-American War

01:01:18
Jul 14th, 2020

Dr. Lori Bogle, Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the public's concept of honor and heroism in the lead-up to the Spanish-American War and the key figures who did and not benefit from those perceptions. Follow us on Twitter as we post content related to the many topics from this episode.

Past Episodes

Jul 12th, 2020
EP63: Naval Wargaming at the U.S. Naval Academy (57:38)
Guest Sebastian Bae discusses naval wargaming with Dr. Marcus Jones of the History Dept and Museum Director Dr. Claude Berube who recently established the Naval Wargaming Lab at the Museum.
Jul 9th, 2020
EP62: The Somers Mutiny and the Establishment of the Naval Academy (37:30)
U.S. Naval Academy Museum Naval History Fellow Stephen Phillips (USNA Class of 1992) discusses Midshipman Spencer, Midshipman Marcy, the Somers Mutiny, and the Establishment of the Naval Academy
Jul 3th, 2020
EP61: Service, Citizenship, & Starship Troopers (18:01)
Science fiction author Robert Heinlein, whose major works included the book "Starship Troopers," was a 1929 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 2017, Marine and Congressman Mike Gallagher gave a talk at the museum's first NavyCon on this book and the real meaning of citizenship. We offer it up for this Independence Weekend.
Jul 2nd, 2020
EP60: The Slave's Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 (44:51)
Dr. Gene Smith discusses his book "The Slaves Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812 during a 2014 lecture at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. The lecture was also recorded and is available in the Episode Notes.
Jun 30th, 2020
EP60: "I was there": How Anderson v. Laird Affected One USNA Midshipman (13:43)
CAPT Tal Manvel, USN (Retired), USNA Class of 1972 gives his eyewitness account of how the change in mandatory chapel attendance impacted him and how an understanding the U.S. Constitution helped, on this 50th anniversary of the decision Anderson v. Laird
Jun 30th, 2020
EP59: The Persian Empire and its Navy (42:19)
Professor John Hyland of Christopher Newport University discusses the Persian Empire and use of its navy.
Jun 28th, 2020
EP58: Tiberius' Campaign into Germany, 4 AD- 5 AD (44:29)
Dr. Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurzberg discusses Tiberius' campaign into Germany (4 AD- 5 AD) in part 2 of a four part series about Rome. He discussed Julius Caesar's navy in Gaul and in the invasion of Britain in Episode 33.
Jun 27th, 2020
EP57: Raising the Monitor (48:22)
From a U.S. Naval Academy Museum lecture in 2014, CAPT Bobbie Scholley, USN (Ret), a Navy diver, discusses raising the USS Monitor. The video can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qG2ghmRq0OI&feature=youtu.be
Jun 18th, 2020
EP56: COVID19 and Decision-Making at the U.S. Naval Academy, with guest VADM Sean Buck (45:30)
The U.S. Naval Academy's 63rd Superintendent, Vice Admiral Sean Buck, discusses how COVID19 affected the Academy and what factors led to his decisions. This is part of an ongoing series with USNA leaders to capture their recollections. Transcripts of the episodes will be stored in the museum archive and the Academy's Special Collections and Archives.
Jun 17th, 2020
EP55: The New Monuments Team and Cultural Heritage (36:10)
Blake J. Ruehrwein, Collections Manager, at the Naval War College Museum and Jessica Fowler, Director of Education and Public Outreach discuss cultural heritage and issues for the new Army Reserve "Monuments Team."
Jun 16th, 2020
EP54: The Lessons from Early Naval Academy Discipline (30:15)
Ensign Julia Speranzo, USNA Class of 2020, discusses her research on discipline during the formative years of the U.S. Naval Academy and what lessons they provide today and in the Academy's future. #HistoryMatters
Jun 11st, 2020
EP53: The American Revolution and Naval Irregular Warfare (34:26)
CDR Steve Wendelin, USN, discusses aspects of naval irregular warfare during the American Revolution.
Jun 10th, 2020
EP52: The U.S. Navy, the American Colonization Society, and Liberia (38:42)
Doctoral candidate Roger Bailey, who was a guest on Episode 37, joins us to discuss the U.S. Navy and its role in the colonization of Liberia (1819-1860). Baily is this year's North Atlantic Society for Oceanic History winner of the Reynolds Prize for best graduate paper. This is the second of Preble Hall's episodes conducted in partnership with NASOH.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP51: NavyCon2020, Part III (01:23:02)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part III. If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP50: NavyCon2020, Part II (01:11:06)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part II If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 6th, 2020
EP49: NavyCon2020, Part I (01:16:37)
"Navies, Science Fiction, and Great Power Competition" was the theme of this year's Museum-hosted NavyCon2020. This was not about naval history although several presenters referred to previous naval issues. This is Part I. If you'd like to watch NavyCon2020, please go to the USNA Museum's YouTube Channel. There you can also see individual presentations from our NavyCon in 2017.
Jun 1st, 2020
EP48: Dunkirk and the Little Ships (35:38)
Dr. Philip Weir, naval historian and author, discusses his forthcoming book "Dunkirk and the Little Ships," about the evacuation of allied forces from Dunkirk in 1940.
May 31st, 2020
EP48: The Navy Seabees: Rear Admiral Ben Moreell Speaks (04:47)
In Episode 46, we discussed the Navy Seabees in Europe during WWII with our sister museum in Port Hueneme. https://naval-history-lyceum.simplecast.com/episodes/the-seabees-and-operation-overlord-ywh2QCfw This bonus extra is from the USNA Museum's partnership with Library of Congress. "Father of the Seabees", Rear Admiral Ben Moreell speaks at the radio program "Broadway Matinee" on Dec 28, 1943.
May 30th, 2020
EP47: The War of 1812 and Experiential Learning (54:19)
Professor Matthew Dziennik of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department and Commander Steve Wendelin discuss the War of 1812 and their experiences applying classroom lessons to the Schoolhouse at Sea program.
May 28th, 2020
EP46: The Seabees and Operation Overlord (43:49)
Dr. Lara Godbille, Director of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum, and Gina Nichols, Head of the Collections Department at the Museum, discuss the role of the Construction Battalions (Seabees) in the European Theater of Operations during World War II, specifically with regard to D-Day.
May 27th, 2020
EP45: The Case of Ensign Vernon "Copy" Berg (45:04)
This is one of two episodes conducted in partnership with the North American Society of Oceanic History (NASOH). Our guest, doctoral candidate Heather Haley, received honorable mention for the Reynolds Prize this year with NASOH. We discussed her paper on the case of ENS Copy Berg, the first USNA graduate to challenge the Navy's policy on gays in the military in the 1970s.
May 19th, 2020
EP44: Teaching Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy (49:36)
Commander Mike Norton, USN, PhD of the Naval Academy's Leadership Department discusses how they teach midshipmen as future naval officers.
May 13th, 2020
EP43: The Traditions of the U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Weeks and Graduations (37:06)
Mr. James Cheevers, Senior Curator/Historian Emeritus of the Naval Academy Museum, discusses the history of U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Weeks and Graduations. Mr. Cheevers served at the museum from 1967 until his retirement in 2017.
May 12th, 2020
EP42: The U.S. Naval Academy Library Past, Present, and Future (56:40)
Larry Clemens, Director of the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses the history of the Academy's library since 1845, how its services to the midshipmen have changed, and how it responded to the COVID19 semester.
May 10th, 2020
EP41: The US Navy & the Development of High Steam Engines, Part II: 1941-45 (30:22)
Tyler Pitrof continues his discussion of high steam engines and their impact on WWII with regard to operations, fast oilers, and ultimately decision-making by the fleet commanders.
May 8th, 2020
EP40: The US Navy & the Development of High Steam Engines, Part I: 1930-1940 (40:27)
Tyler Pitrof discusses his doctoral research on the U.S. Navy's development of high steam engines from 1930 to 1945. In Part I, he discusses the technology, one of the key proponents, and both the challenges and opportunities this presented for operations in World War II
May 6th, 2020
EP39: The Making of Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Pt 2: 1941-1945 (44:43)
Dr. David Kohnen, Director of the Hattendorf Historical Center at the Naval War College, continues his discussion of Fleet Admiral King based on his forthcoming books.
May 5th, 2020
EP38: The Making of Fleet Admiral Ernest King, Part I: 1878-1941 (41:46)
Dr. David Kohnen, Director of the Hattendorf Historical Center at the Naval War College, discusses the career of Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King. This is Part I of a two part episode
May 4th, 2020
EP37: The Antebellum Navy and the Filibusters (39:31)
Doctoral candidate Roger Bailey discusses his research into the naval officers of the antebellum period and how they dealt with the filibusters. This is the second episode in partnership with the Society of Military History.
May 3th, 2020
EP36: The Royal Canadian Navy and the 75th Anniversary of Battle of the Atlantic (24:16)
Mr. Christopher Perry, Command Historian for the Royal Canadian Navy, discusses its role during the Battle of the Atlantic during WWII.
Apr 29th, 2020
EP35: History of U.S. Navy Education and Reforms (46:58)
CDR BJ Armstrong, USN, PhD, of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses the history of education reforms in the U.S. Navy.
Apr 28th, 2020
EP34: The U.S. Naval Academy's International Programs Office & the Response to COVID19 (46:13)
CDR Tim Disher, USN (Ret), Director of the U.S. Naval Academy's International Programs Office discusses the exchange of midshipmen with other countries and the issues his office responded to with the outbreak of COVID19. This is the third in a series of interviews with Naval Academy leaders about the historical role and services of their offices and how what issues they faced with COVID19. This series will be transcribed with hard copies placed in the museum's library and the Nimitz Library's Special Collections and Archives for future USNA leaders to consult in the event of a similar crisis.
Apr 26th, 2020
EP33: Julius Caesar's Navy: The Gallic War and the Invasion of Britain (48:17)
Dr. Jorit Wintjes of the University of Wurzberg discusses Julius Caesar's campaigns into Gaul, the Battle of Quiberon Bay with the Veneti, and his invasion of Britain.
Apr 21st, 2020
EP32: The Academy's Shift to Online Teaching during COVID19 (48:31)
Dr.Karyn Sproles, Director of the U.S. Naval Academy's Center for Teaching & Learning, discusses the role of her office and how it worked with faculty to shift to online teaching during COVID19. This is the 2nd in a series of interviews with Naval Academy leaders on how their offices responded to the challenge of COVID19. Transcripts of these episodes will be placed in the Naval Academy Museum's files as well as the Library's Special Collections & Archives.
Apr 21st, 2020
EP31: Aircraft Carrier Requirements and Strategies: 1977-2001 (43:10)
Dr. Ryan Peeks, historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, discussed the development of U.S. aircraft carriers from 1977-2001.
Apr 17th, 2020
EP30: World War I and Unrestricted Submarine Warfare (43:43)
Christopher Havern, one of the historians at the Naval History & Heritage Command, discusses the sinking of the Lusitania and unrestricted submarine warfare during the first World War.
Apr 14th, 2020
EP27: Crimes in Command: 1945-1985 (01:31:19)
CAPT Michael Junge of the Naval War College and a former commanding officer of a ship discusses his research based on his doctoral dissertation about incidents at sea and the Cold War history of relieving ship commanders.
Apr 14th, 2020
EP29: U.S. Navy Chaplains, the Academy, & COVID19 (55:39)
Father Francis Foley, CAPT, U.S. Navy, is the Command Chaplain of the U.S. Naval Academy. In this episode, he discusses the history of Navy Chaplains, the structure and services of the Chaplain's Office at the Naval Academy, and how they responded and adapted to the COVID19 pandemic. Part of the mission of the Naval Academy Museum (Preble Hall) is to preserve the institution's history. This is a first in a series of Preble Hall discussions with key leaders of the institution to capture how their offices responded and adapted to COVID19 at the Naval Academy. The episodes will be transcribed and copies stored at the museum as well as the Nimitz Library's Special Collections & Archives to understand. Should there be another pandemic in future decades, we hope that this series will be a source for future Academy leaders to turn to for guidance and precedence.
Apr 13th, 2020
EP28: The Ming Dynasty Treasure Voyages and Zheng He (49:47)
Maritime Archeologist Dr. Sarah Ward, a Visiting Professor at Dalian Maritime University's Center for Maritime History and Culture Research, discusses the 15th century treasure voyages of famed admiral Zheng He and the profession of maritime archeology.
Apr 9th, 2020
EP26: The U.S. Navy in World War I (39:08)
Dr. Tommy Sheppard, with the Naval History & Heritage Command's Documentary History, discusses the role of the U.S. Navy during World War I and its leaders.
Apr 8th, 2020
EP25: Landing at Okinawa: A First-Hand Account (26:34)
Among the U.S. Naval Academy Museum's collection of 60,000 paintings, artifacts, and manuscripts are recordings. Several years ago, the Museum transferred two pallets of records from the 1930s and 1940s to the Library of Congress' Sound Division. In return, they digitized several records that were of interest to us. This episode is a series of reports on March 31 and April 1, 1945, by two reporters (or possibly military public affairs) describing what they saw and heard as they landed on Okinawa with one of the first waves.
Apr 7th, 2020
EP24: The End of Reconstruction and the New Navy (41:03)
Doctoral candidate Colin McConarty of Boston College's History Department discusses his work "A Final Solution of the Negro Question: Southern Democrats, the New Navy and the End of Reconstruction in America." This episode focuses on key legislators of the late 1800s including Congressman and later Secretary of the Navy Hilary Herbert.
Mar 20th, 2020
EP23: The Colonial Wars (47:26)
For a century before the American Revolution, the great powers of Europe fought land and naval wars in the Western Hemisphere. Grant Walker, a curator at the Naval Academy Museum, discusses those five wars and how they're represented in an exhibit.
Mar 4th, 2020
EP22: The Shogunate Navy (42:42)
Dr. Nyri Bakkalian discusses mid-19th century Japan and the factors that led to the rise of Japan's navy as well as three U.S. Naval Academy alumni who are part of that story.
Feb 26th, 2020
EP21: Collections at the U.S. Navy's Oldest Museum: The Naval Academy Museum (52:24)
How do you donate something to a museum? What do you donate? Do museums accept everything donated? Naval Academy Museum Managing Director Charles Swift and Senior Curator Tracie Logan discuss the history of Preble Hall at the Naval Academy, the major collections, and what museums consider when people offer items.
Feb 19th, 2020
EP20: Baseball and the Navy (28:57)
Megan Churchwell, Curator of Bremerton's Puget Sound Navy Museum, discusses their recently concluded exhibit "When Baseball Went to War," a history of baseball and the Navy from the 1860s through the end of World War II.
Feb 11st, 2020
EP19: The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War (45:21)
Hampton Roads Naval Museum Director John Pentangelo and Director of Education Laura Orr discuss the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and the special exhibit currently on display in Norfolk.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP18: Sink the Montana! Part II (40:06)
Episode Summary In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Feb 5th, 2020
EP17: Sink the Montana! Part I (49:56)
In 1986, at the height of the Cold War, GI Joe released an episode featuring the @USSConstitution rescuing the Atlantic Fleet from the rogue battleship USS Montana. In this first collaboration between Sea Control and @usnamuseum #PrebleHall, @pptsapper and @cgberube break down the episode and its historical origins. In part 2, Dr. Berube interviews the show's writer, David Carren.
Jan 30th, 2020
EP16: The Legend and Reality of Philo McGiffin (53:32)
Philo McGiffin was not a mythical graduate of the US Naval Academy, but a real life 19th century student who became a Chinese naval officer, superintendent of the Chinese Naval Academy, and commanded a Chinese warship at the Battle of Yalu. In this episode, museum curator Grant Walker discusses McGiffin's legend and life and exhibit designer Bill Rogers explains how the special exhibit on McGiffin was conceptualized and designed.
Jan 25th, 2020
EP15: Wings on the Severn: Naval Aviation in Annapolis, 1911-1961 (47:32)
What was the real birthplace of U.S. naval aviation? Ken Sabel discusses its birth and growth at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Station in Annapolis.
Jan 19th, 2020
EP14: Royal Navy Incidents at Sea, 1939-40 with Dr. Alexander Clarke (50:54)
The Royal Navy is associated as an organisation with a code of honour, a high moral standard and a rule based conduct. Yet in four key episodes; the Tsingtao Incident, the Battle of the River Plate, the boarding of the Asama Maru and the Altmark Incident the RN either ignored, flouted or used force majeure to disregard International Law, Maritime Convention or pre-existing standard… most of which had either been written or heavily influenced by Britain and the RN in the first place.
Jan 11st, 2020
EP13: Navy Boat Models: Craftsmanship, Techniques & Technologies (44:36)
Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum discusses the craftmanship, technologies and history behind boat model construction and restoration.
Jan 3th, 2020
EP12: Home Squadron: The U.S. Navy and North Atlantic Station with Dr. Chris Rentfrow (39:51)
In the post-Civil War period, the U.S. established a squadron on the Atlantic Coast. Dr. Chris Rentfrow discusses how it evolved and the role of squadron exercises.
Dec 31st, 2019
EP11: Historical Eras of U.S. Navy Innovation with Dr. Jerry Hendrix (51:07)
Dr. Jerry Hendrix, former Director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, discusses the 1890s, the Interwar Years, and the 1950s as historical eras of innovation for the United States Navy
Dec 30th, 2019
EP10: Britain, the Royal Navy and the Barbary States with Dr. Caitlin Gale (55:32)
While the U.S. Navy was fighting off Tripoli (1801-1805), the Royal Navy had larger concerns in a great power competition. Dr. Caitlin Gale discusses British diplomacy and the Barbary States and Royal Navy operations.
Dec 21st, 2019
EP9: The Battle of Port Gamble with J. Overton (31:54)
The Battle of Port Gamble is a little known story of an 1856 naval action in the new Washington territory. Our guest discusses the battle and lessons learned for the 21st century with non-state actors and right-sized ships.
Dec 11st, 2019
EP8: The Anglo-Dutch Wars (44:23)
Grant Walker, one of the curators at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum and author, discusses the 17th century Anglo-Dutch Wars.
Dec 7th, 2019
EP7: Episode 7: Jet Girl (41:35)
CAROLINE JOHNSON was an F/A-18 Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the US Navy. During her deployment aboard the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, she flew missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria and was one of the first women to neutralize ISIS. Later during her Navy career, Caroline became a Senior Leadership instructor at the United States Naval Academy. She is now a professional speaker in the private sector.
Dec 2nd, 2019
EP6: The USNA Honor Concept, Rickover, & Naval Leadership (29:07)
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman interviews Vice Admiral James Sagerholm, President of the Class of 1952 who, with others, created the honor concept in 1951 that is still in place today. VADM Sagerholm also discusses his own experience with Admiral Hyman Rickover.
Nov 25th, 2019
EP5: History of Maritime Irregular Warfare (47:58)
Navy Lieutenant Kai Cumpston of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses a history of irregular warfare in maritime operations from Sir Francis Drake to Underwater Demolition Teams of World War II.
Nov 19th, 2019
EP4: Marines in the Spanish-American War (38:59)
Captain Marko Stawnyczyj, USMC, of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses the Marine Corps in the post-Civil War period with focus on operations during the Spanish-American War. Also discussed is the Battle of Cuzco Well and educating midshipmen through an archeological survey of the battle site in 2018.
Nov 10th, 2019
EP3: The Tripoli War with guest Dr. Abby Mullen (51:11)
From 1801-1805, the United States Navy conducted its first major, sustained operations against Tripoli. Dr. Abby Mullen from George Mason University discusses the major events, characters, and activities in that conflict.
Nov 6th, 2019
EP2: The Punic Wars and Experiential Learning with guest Prof. Kelcy Sagstetter (40:58)
Professor Kelcy Sagstetter discusses the causes, battles, and outcome of the First Punic War and how those lessons can be taught outside of a classroom environment.
Oct 29th, 2019
EP1: Nelson, Gunners & Impressment with guest Kate Jamieson (50:41)
University of Exeter graduate student Kate Jamieson joins us to discuss Admiral Nelson, Trafalgar, Impressment, and her research on gunners in the Royal Navy.




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