Speakers Bureau

The Houston Maritime Museum staff and docents can liven up and enlighten any function, either at the museum or at your off-site location.  The following presentations are currently available:

Charting New Waters: Houston Maritime Museum on the Move

  • Presented by Diane Lipton, Executive Director

Oil and Gas: Driving our Lives, From Spindletop to the offshore today

  • Presented by Laurence Shallenberger, Retired Coring Specialist

The Magic of Glass Encapsulated Miniatures: Discovering Ships-in-Bottles

  • Presented by Burton Reckles, Internationally Acclaimed Miniaturist

The SS United States

  • Presented by John Milligan, Naval Architect

Shipwrecks of the Gulf of Mexico

  • Presented by Dan Warren, Underwater Archaeologist

Author and historian Mark Lardas has published on several maritime topics and can present an engaging overview (and book signing, if desired) of any of the following:

  • Texas at Sea
  • Ships of the American Revolutionary Navy
  • Decatur’s Bold and Daring Act: The Philadelphia in Tripoli 1804
  • American Frigates 1794-1836
  • Constiution vs Guerriere: Frigates during the War of 1812
  • Great Lakes Warships 1812-1815
  • Kearsarge: Cherbourg 1864
  • African-American Soldiers in the Civil War

Please see our “school groups” page for a list of our presentations for younger students.