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  • Salem - founded 1799\n1824 - 3000 artifacts - war clubs, masks and costumes from far-away island kingdoms; models and paintings of local ships; and even a coffee cup and saucer once owned by Napoleon Bonaparte. The purposes of the society were to share navigation information relating to the East Indies; to provide benefits to members who had been disabled or to the families of members who had died; and "to form a Museum of natural and artificial curiosities, particularly such as are to be found beyond the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn."\n
  • Barnum: relics and rare curiosities; sea captains, for years, had brought and deposited strange things from foreign lands; and besides all these gifts, I have no doubt that the previous proprietor had actually expended, as was stated, $50,000 in making the collection.\n
  • 1817, the New York Academy of Sciences (originally called the Lyceum of Natural History)\n
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  • B. 1794. Navy 1809 midshipman\n1833-37, 2nd officer of the Brooklyn Navy Yard\n\n
  • Lyceum on 3rd floor Gleasons - early 1850s\n
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  • Army and Navy Chronicle, November 21, 1839\n
  • Army and Navy Chronicle, November 21, 1839\n
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  • Army and Navy Chronicle June 1839\n
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  • American Annals of Education, 1836\n
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  • Recovered from Tripoli harbor, presented 1835\n
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  • http://usna.edu/Library/sca/findingaids/navallyceum/index.html\n
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  • Army and Navy Chronicle June 1839\n
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  • Yard during civil war\n
  • Lyceum on 3rd floor Gleasons - early 1850s\n
  • Leslie’s 1857\n
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  • Just says “elected resident member”\n
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  • Publication: Brooklyn Eagle; Date: Mar 6, 1846; Section: None; Page: 3\n
  • Olla podrida - a Spanish stew of sausage and beans - an assortment, medley, or miscellany\n\n
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  • MFY Dennis Coll 91-F172\n
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  • \nPublication: Brooklyn Eagle;\n Date: Aug 1, 1886;\n Section: None;\n Page: 10\n\n
  • Publication: Brooklyn Eagle; Date: Feb 16, 1890; Section: None; Page: 6\n
  • Publication: Brooklyn Eagle;\n Date: Nov 6, 1892;\n Section: None;\n Page: 4\n\n
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  • Spanish flags captured by Dewey hanging from the ceiling in the Lyceum at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis\n\n
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The United States Naval Lyceum at Brooklyn Navy Yard The United States Naval Lyceum at Brooklyn Navy Yard Presentation Transcript

  • The Brooklyn Naval Lyceum Steven Lubar
  • Brooklyn, 1820
  • Navy Yard, 1830s
  • Before the Lyceum
  • American Philosophical Society, 1789
  • Peale in his museum, 1822
  • East India Marine Society, 1825
  • Scudder’s Museum, 1810
  • For “establishing a library, and forcollecting and forming a repositoryof books, maps, drawing apparatus,models of machinery, tools andknowledge, and thereby improvingthe condition of mechanics,manufacturers, artisans and others.”Brooklyn Lyceum, 1824
  • West Point, founded 1802
  • Founding the Lyceum
  • Matthew Perry
  • Commandant’s offices
  • Constitution and By-Laws
  • Purpose of Naval Lyceum, 1833
  • “For culture as well as war”
  • Madison offered membership, 1834
  • Madison offered membership, 1834
  • Madison accepting membership
  • Madison accepting membership
  • Naval Magazine, 1836-37
  • Building the Collections
  • The mineralogical and entomologicaldepartments are particularly well stored. Theactual costumes of different nations, andimplements of war and peaceful pursuitsbelonging to them, are of great variety. Amongother curiosities, a state paper of Napoleon,when he was first consul of the empire, with hissignature attached, repaid our especial attention.A bust of Washington, by Greenough, executedat Florence, is admired by every observer. Thelibrary is comparatively large, and abounds withmany excellent volumes.Collections, 1839
  • Collections, 1839
  • “Extent of their collections,” 1839
  • Naval officers as scientists, 1839
  • Natural history collections
  • Nautical collections
  • Naval worthies...
  • ...and Durand’s presidents
  • “Token of remembrance,” 1836
  • Bust of Washington
  • Portrait of William IV, 1836
  • West Point chain, 1834
  • “Medal found at New Rochelle,” 1836
  • “Medal found at New Rochelle,” 1836
  • Fragment of USS Philadelphia 1835
  • “The belt worn by Captain Lawrence inthe action between the United StatesFrigate Chesapeake and the BritishFrigate Shannon, on the 1st of June,1813, and which was loosed from hiswaist the moment previous to hisuttering the memorable words, " Dontgive up the ship!"Belt worn by Captain Lawrence, 1834
  • Gliddon Mummy-Case, 1842
  • Naval Lyceum artifacts
  • Naval Lyceum artifacts
  • Naval Lyceum artifacts
  • Naval Lyceum artifacts
  • Naval Lyceum artifacts
  • Headings: Ancient history, modern history, antiquities, geography, travels, memoirs, biography, politics, ethics, ecclesiastical history, natural history, chemical sciences, medical sciences, mathematics, astronomy, fine arts, and philosophyLibrary Catalog, 1841
  • There is also a valuable and extensive library,embracing the choicest works, literary andscientific. The reading table is well suppliedwith interesting periodicals, foreign anddomestic, as well as daily newspapers. ... Inshort, I know no a place where the man ofleisure and research could pass an hour ortwo, daily, with more pleasure and profit thanwith the apartments of the Naval Lyceum.Naval Lyceum library, 1839
  • New books, 1839
  • The aim of the society will be, to open newchannels of improvement to its members, inthose branches of science immediatelyconnected with their profession; toencourage discussions and dissertations onnaval subjects; to prohibit all politicalcontroversies, and to give its undividedattention to the honorable advancement ofits members in professional skill and science.Naval Lyceum library, 1839
  • The Liberator newspaper
  • The 1840s through the Civil War
  • Navy Yard, about 1851
  • Yard during Civil War
  • Naval Lyceum building, 1850s
  • Naval Lyceum, 1857
  • Naval Lyceum, 1850
  • Naval Lyceum diploma, 1856
  • Lyceum as mail forwarder
  • Navy Yard politics, 1859
  • Shaving Cream?, 1846
  • Olla podrida of Queer Things, 1852
  • At the sanitary fair, 1864
  • Barnum Museum, founded 1841
  • Barnum Museum, founded 1841
  • American Museum of Natural History, 1869
  • U.S. Naval Academy, founded 1845
  • The end of the Lyceum
  • Naval Lyceum building, 1870s?
  • Navy Yard, 1870
  • “Pleases the general curiosity,”1886
  • “Tumbled pell mell into boxes,”1890
  • “Memory and tradition,” 1892
  • Naval Lyceum building, 1880s?
  • Lyceum at US Naval Academy, 1900
  • Naval Academy Museum, today