10 February 2008

USS Monitor Center - Newport News VA

The USS Monitor Center in Newport News is involved in a very longterm project: desalinating and restoring the remains of the historic Union vessel that was part of a critical Civil War encounter. The ironclad ship's turret and other portions were salvaged from the deep not long ago but they will remain in their stabilization tanks for years. In the meantime, the Maritime Museum has produced this first-rate educational guest experience which includes several replicas of the turret, numerous interactives and specialty theaters.

The Monitor Center has been given thumbs-up approval by diehard Civil War aficionados. I enjoyed writing up this remarkable project for Lighting & Sound America magazine and it has just been reprinted online at Blooloop. Click the title link to read it.