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January 2022 - Navy History Lecture

"USS Olympia and the Shaping of the Modern Era"


Thursday, 27 January 2022 (1900 hrs Eastern Standard Time)


Peter S. Seibert

President & CEO, Independence Seaport Museum


When did the modern world begin? One can argue that everything from the political doctrines of Teddy Roosevelt to the trenches of World War One symbolized the start. Sheltered along the Delaware River is a strong contender for a historical artifact that heralded the birth of the modern era. The Cruiser Olympia is arguably one of the most historic ships afloat in the world. Leading America to victory at the Battle of Manila Bay, Olympia is regarded by many as both the herald of American military and political presence in the Pacific and the birthplace of an independent Philippines. Olympia’s history includes carrying supplies to combat the Spanish Flu epidemic in the Adriatic, supporting American interests during the Russian Revolution, and honorably transporting the Unknown Solider of World War One back home. Join the Independence Seaport Museum’s CEO Peter S. Seibert for a look at the history of Olympia and her role in shaping America during the 20th century.


Peter S. Seibert brings an award-winning, three-decade career from notable institutions including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Millicent Rogers Museum, the National Council for History Education, and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. He currently serves on the Board of Pennsylvania Museums and is a former Board member of the Demuth Foundation, the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National History Day Advisory Board.