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USS Alligator Symposium - Nov 8 in Philly

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Postby TMSmalley » Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:34 am

Third Annual Alligator Symposium and Workshop
Independence Seaport Museum
Philadelphia, Penn.
November 8, 2005

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Office of Naval Research, and the Independence Seaport Museum cordially invite you to attend the Third Annual Alligator Symposium and Workshop.


Tuesday, November 8, 2005
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (with optional activities thereafter)


Independence Seaport Museum
211 South Columbus Blvd. & Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106-3199


Provide all attendees an update on the status of the "hunt," an overview of the latest historical research about the Alligator, a report on the local search for “Alligator Junior,” and a summary of various Alligator-oriented education and outreach efforts

Identify gaps in the historical and technical research, and develop strategies for filling those gaps

Clarify the roles, responsibilities, resources, and capabilities of the partner groups and identify next steps


In addition to being informational, this symposium will be a working meeting for those who are actively involved in Alligator-related historical research, education and outreach, and ocean exploration. Following the presentation portion of the program, three breakout groups will be formed: Historical Research; Education and Outreach; and Search and Survey. Each group will be tasked with meeting the objectives stated above. At the conclusion of these facilitated breakout sessions, each group will present the outcome of their discussion to all symposium participants.

Who Should Attend

This symposium/workshop is geared primarily toward historians, ocean exploration professionals (e.g., marine archaeologists, researchers, vessel operators, and technicians), educators, historical interpreters, museum professionals, descendants of Alligator crew members, naval artists, and others actively working to uncovering the secrets of the USS Alligator and its prototype (a.k.a. “Alligator Junior”).


Symposium and workshop: Free


Please RSVP by October 28 to David Hall, NOAA, at or (301) 713-7248. Please indicate which breakout session you wish to attend.


Symposium participants are responsible for making their own lodging and travel arrangements. There are a number of hotels located near the Independence Seaport Museum. For a list of area hotels, visit the Independence Seaport Museum’s Web site at or

Preliminary Agenda

8:00 Plenary (Dining Room on the Delaware)

John Carter, President, Independence Seaport Museum

RADM Jay Cohen, Chief of Naval Research, U.S. Navy
RADM Jay DeLoach, U.S. Submarine Force-Atlantic, U.S. Navy
John Broadwater, Ph.D., Manager, Maritime Heritage Program, NOAA

Status of the Hunt for the Alligator – Michael Overfield, Marine Archaeologist, NOAA

Status of the Hunt for “Alligator Junior” – Alice Smith, Archivist, Riverside Historical Society

10:00 Break (Coffee and doughnuts)

10:15 Overview of Major Education and Outreach Efforts
- Jennifer Nadler, Curator of Education, Independence Seaport Museum
- Chuck Veit, President, Navy and Marine Living History Association
- David Hall, Communications Coordinator, NOAA

10:45 Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Historical Research
What do we know about the Alligator and its prototype, and what more do we need to know?
Education and Outreach
What education and outreach tools are working well, and what new tools can be developed?
Search and Survey
How do we proceed with the search for the Alligator?

12:00 Lunch (Box lunches)

Luncheon talk: Alligator at Charleston: Would she have made a difference? – James Christley, EMCS (SS), USN (Ret.)

1:00 Breakout group discussions (cont.)

2:30 “The Big Picture” – Breakout group report-outs and discussion of next steps

4:00 Free behind-the-scenes tour of World War II submarine USS Becuna and famous Spanish-American War-era cruiser USS Olympia, both on display at the Independence Seaport Museum

5:00 Screening of the Science Channel film “The Hunt for the USS Alligator”

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