Historian John Quarstein speaks at Scottsdale Civil War Round Table meeting on Dec. 13

The Scottsdale Civil War Round Table will have John Quarstein, an award-winning historian, preservationist, lecturer, and author present, “The Last Days of the Monitor” for the Dec. 13 program at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library Auditorium, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

John Quarstein

John Quarstein

Mr. Quarstein, who served as historian for the city of Hampton’s 400th anniversary, previously worked for 30 years as the director of the Virginia War Museum and as consultant to The Mariners’ Museum’s MONITOR Center, according to a press release. He now serves as the chief development officer for the USS MONITOR Foundation at The Mariners’ Museum.

Mr. Quarstein is actively involved in a variety of historic preservation initiatives including the creation of Civil War battlefield parks like Redoubt Park in Williamsburg and Lee’s Mill Park in Newport News, the release said, adding his participation in historic house museums such as Lee Hall Mansion and Endview Plantation.

His current preservation endeavors feature the Rebecca Vaughan House, Lee Hall Depot, Causey’s Mill, Big Bethel Battlefield and Fort Monroe, the release states, noting that Mr. Quarstein also serves on several boards and commissions including the Virginia Civil War Trails, Virginia War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Advisory Council and the Newport News Sesquicentennial Commission.

He is the author of 15 books. His volume, The Monitor Boys: The Crew of The Union’s First Ironclad, received the 2012 Henry Adams Prize for excellence in historical literature. He also has produced, narrated and wrote several PBS documentaries, of which the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, “Hampton: From the Sea to the Stars” is a Bronze Telly winner, the release said.

Go to scottsdalecwrt.org or call 480-699-5844.

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