NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum to Host Free Virtual Lecture Series

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Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is thrilled to announce its Fall Virtual Lecture Series, a captivating array of presentations that delve into the rich history and heritage of the United States. Hosted on Zoom, this series will run from October to December, providing an opportunity to explore a variety of engaging topics.

The Fall Virtual Lecture Series is a platform where history enthusiasts and the community can come together to virtually discover and appreciate the intriguing stories and events that have shaped our nation.

The schedule of the Fall Virtual Lecture Series is as follows:

November 15, 2023, 7 PM – The United States Life-Saving Service

Speaker: Historian John Ryan

John Ryan will take you on a journey through the history of the United States Life-Saving Service, the predecessor to the U.S. Coast Guard, and its critical role in maritime rescue operations. In addition to the overall history of the service, the focus will be on the development of the service in Cape May County.

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 November 29, 2023, 7 PM – George Washington, New Jersey, and the Revolutionary War

Speaker: Revolutionary War Lecture’s Joel Farkas

Look at both George Washington’s military career starting in 1754 as a 21-year-old major in the Virginia militia, and a history of the Revolutionary War including the military battles and winter encampments in New Jersey.

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 December 6, 2023, 7 PM – The WWII Homefront & Christmas on the Homefront

Speaker: Historian Mary Rasa

Mary Rasa will transport you back to the World War II homefront and share the heartwarming stories of Christmas during wartime. This program is about the World War II home front. It talks about the men and women serving in the war as well as those at home. The US was in a total war that affected every citizen. Rationing, blackouts, and bond drives changed eating habits and daily life. Customs such as Christmas decorations, food preparation, and ingredients were changed because of shortages. Its main focus is the homeland US defenses against its enemies and the development of radar on the beaches.

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All lectures will be conducted on Zoom, allowing participants to interact with the speakers and ask questions. Registration for the Fall Virtual Lecture Series is open to the public and is free of charge.

“Our Fall Virtual Lecture Series is an opportunity to engage with our rich national history and hear from passionate experts who bring these stories to life,” said Bruce Fournier, Museum Director at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum. “We invite the community to join us in this journey through time and share in a wide variety of topics.”

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to enrich your knowledge of the nation’s history. Register today and save the dates for these insightful and informative presentations.

A panoramic view inside the historic Hangar 1 which now houses the NAS Wildwood Aviation Museum. (image via NASWAM)

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum is located inside historic Hangar #1 at the Cape May Airport. The site was formerly Naval Air Station Wildwood, which served as a World War II dive-bomber training center.  The museum is dedicated to the 42 aviators who perished while training at Naval Air Station Wildwood between 1943 and 1945. The museum is currently closed for replacement of it’s southside roof, however the museum’s office and online store are open.  For more information about NASW, visit, the museum’s social media pages, or call (609) 886-8787.



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