Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
Our most popular and longest running program, the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, runs January through March (excluding the week of spring break). Lectures are held every Monday, 12:00pm – 1:00pm (doors open at 11:45) in the Museum Education Center.
The series consists of 11 weeks of FREE lectures on a variety of topics relating to maritime history, museum programming, museum exhibits or the Coastal Bend community and environment.
Winter Site Manager
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
January 6, 2020
Wayne White will present "The South Pole and the Great Antarctic Ships", covering early Antarctic exploration and leading up to his own experiences living at the South Pole.
Retired Engineer and Merchant Marine
January 13, 2020
John Williams will present "Rescue at Sea", his story of a daring rescue of a ship caught in a storm on its way to Hawaii.
Executive Director, USS Lexington Museum
January 20, 2020
Steve Banta will talk about the exciting history of the USS Lexington, both as an aircraft carrier during World War II and as a museum.
Mary Jo O'Rear
Local History Author
January 27, 2020
Mary Jo O'Rear, author of multiple books on Coastal Bend history, will present "A Fine Esplanade" on Zachary Taylor's Army of Exploration and its discoveries on the Texas Coast.
February 3, 2020
Charles Smith will describe his grandfather's experience with Theodore Roosevelt's White Navy in "A Very Different Navy: Looking Back at the U.S. Navy's 1908 Voyage Around the World."
February 10, 2020
Education Director, Texas Maritime Museum
Aaron Martin will explore several of Texas' legends and discuss what they teach us about the state's history and people in Tall Tales of the Texas Coast."
February 17, 2020
Retired Contractor with NASA
Tom York will talk about South Texans in the Space Program, discussing the many ways locals have been involved in space exploration as well as his own experiences inside NASA culture.
February 24, 2020
Business Development Manager, Port of Corpus Christi
Eddie Martinez, who has worked with the Port of Corpus Christi in various capacities and served on boards for other organizations, will present on history and growth opportunities for the Port and the Coastal Bend.
March 2, 2020
We'll hear about the history and development of the fishing, crabbing, and shrimping industries among the local Vietnamese population. Many speakers will be on hand to share personal or family stories.
March 16, 2020
Gray Ryan, a PhD student from TAMUCC, will talk about their research on microplastics, talking about plastics found in the stomachs of local fish and how they affect wildlife.
March 23, 2020
Dr. Wade Harrell & Laura Bonneau
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Dr. Wade Harrell and Laura Bonneau from Aransas National Wildlife Refuge will provide their annual whooping crane update.
April 6, 2020
Perry R. Bass Memorial
Sports Fishing Wall of Fame
Join us for the annual Perry R. Bass Memorial Sports Fishing Wall of Fame induction ceremony. This year's inductee is Dr. Greg Stunz, a professor of Marine Biology at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi who has done extensive research on fish habitats and their protection.