March 2 Speaker at Jefferson Lab Discusses Restoration of the USS Monitor

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Jefferson Lab's March 2 Science Series event will feature a discussion of the ongoing efforts to conserve and exhibit the iconic Civil War ironclad USS Monitor at The Mariners' Museum.

The presentation by David Krop, Monitor conservation project manager, will cover past conservation accomplishments by conservators and NOAA specialists, current activities in the lab and future plans to bring back to life one of the world's most famous warships. The audience also will learn about the complex methods and procedures used to treat the ship's revolving gun turret, steam engine, Dahlgren guns and carriages, as well as numerous small artifacts like personal items from the crew.

The Tuesday, March 2, event will start at 7 p.m., last about an hour and include a question-and-answer period at the end. It will take place in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12,000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. It is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science.

For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks. For directions and additional information about Jefferson Lab public lectures, visit, or contact Christine Wheeler, e-mail or call 757-269-7560.

This lecture is part of Jefferson Lab's fall and spring Science Series.

Jefferson Lab is one of 17 U.S. Department of Energy national research laboratories and facilities. It is managed and operated by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC for the DOE’s Office of Science. 

Information about The Mariners' Museum is available at:

For information about the USS Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum, visit this link:

A biographical sketch of David Krop is available at:


Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, or Jefferson Lab, for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. JSA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, Inc. (SURA).

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, visit