I have three uncles and a great uncle that served in the Navy during World War II. While aware of resources for images for Army service, I didn’t realize that the U.S. Navy had a museum and a photo archive. Well. They do and a lot of their material is online thanks to my next guest. Robert Hanshew served with the United States Navy and his interest in history led him to a career in archives. He wrote a popular Facebook column for the Navy that regularly got a million views. He shares what’s online, where you can view the images, and what to do if you think you see a relative in one of those pictures. Oh…and if you have pictures of naval service, the museum might be interested. I have some research to do about my family and likely you will too.
I’m going to give a shout-out to my colleague Jennifer Holik and the World War II Research and Writing Center. She researches military history. The link is in the show notes.
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About My Guest:
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Robert Hanshew has had a career with the U.S. Navy for the past thirty-one years, twenty-one of those as a museum curator with the specialty of photographs. A former Sailor and an employee of the Naval History and Heritage Command, he relocated to the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in 2012 to expand on the current and future exhibits utilizing his research skills at the various repositories in the D.C. area. In that time, due to the hundreds of pages posted on the site, he is sought out worldwide for advice on U.S. Navy photographic history.
About Maureen Taylor:
Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com