From the U.S. Naval Academy:
“It’s our privilege to announce a very special project designed and created at the Naval Academy that should be of great interest to fans around the world. Led by Midshipman Chris O’Keefe (now an Ensign), â€śA History of the Navy in 100 Objectsâ€ť premieres today on the Naval Academy website atÂ www.usna.edu/100Objects. Oâ€™Keefe modeled his â€ś100 Objectsâ€ť after the BBCâ€™s â€śA History of the World in 100 Objects.â€ť It was while listening to the BBC podcasts that he realized that the Navy didnâ€™t have a similar series about its history and heritage and decided to produce his own. In his spare time, Oâ€™Keefe set about identifying objects in the Naval Academy collections to develop the series, and interviewed experts from the Naval Academy, the Naval Institute and elsewhere about the objects. Navy leaders such asÂ Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Commandant of the Marine Corps James Amos, and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz provided commentary for the series.Â Twice a week, for the next 50 weeks, a new object will be released. The first is about the crypt of John Paul Jones. Jones is considered by many to be the founder of the American Navy, and this podcast discusses his contributions to history. Future object podcasts will include the Momsen Lung, deck and hull plates from USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, and a Pearl Harbor bomb arming vane. All of the objects used in the project are located at the Naval Academy, either in the museum, the Archives and Special Collections of Nimitz Library or, like Jonesâ€™ crypt, on the grounds of the academy.”
AnÂ ambitiousÂ project! BZ Ensign O’Keefe and everyone involved!