Here are a few more interesting facts about what you will be seeing at Mariner's Museum: The Mariner's Museum is dedicated to "illuminating mankind's experience with the sea and the events that shaped the course and progress of civilization." International in scope, the collection is composed of more than 35,000 maritime items, including ship models, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, intricately carved figureheads, working steam engines and more. The Research Library and Archives houses some 78,000 volumes, 600,000 photographs and negatives, one million manuscript items, 5,000 maps and charts, and some 60,000 drawings. The library is home to the boat building archives of the Chris-Craft Industries. Also on display are the gun turret from the USS Monitor. After resting on the ocean floor for 111 years, the wreck of the USS Monitor wa located by a team of scientists in 1973. The remains of the ship were found 16 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (Outer Banks), on a relatively flat sandy bottom at the depth of 240 feet. The Monitor's hull lies upside down, with her deck resting on her displaced gun turret. Hundreds of fragile artifacts, including the turret and its two Dahlgren cannons, an anchor, steam engine and propeller, have been restored and transported to the museum for conservation and display. We have hired several docents to guide us around portions of the museum during cocktail hour. The buffet includes a range of foods to accomodate everyone: Pecan Smoked Turkey Mashed Potatoes with side gravy Colonial Corn Bread Dressing Traditional Sweet Potato Souffle Vegetable Medley Pasta Primavera with Colonial Country Vegetables (vegetarian) Soft Yeast Rolls with Butter Fruit Cobbler with Fresh Whipping Cream Iced Tea, Coffee; Cash Wine Bar and Soft Drinks After the Awards Ceremony, travel back in time to join Dance Master Lou Vosteen and The Williamsburg Heritage Dance Ensemble as, with live musical accompaniment, they teach and join you in dancing traditional country dances, reels, cotillions and minuets. Live flute and fiddler.