Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island

September 24, 2020 - 07:00 pmSeptember 24, 2020 - 09:00 pmApril 4, 2019, 7pm - 9pm
The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Free for members: $0.00
  • Nonmembers Fee: $5.00

Thursday, April 4, 2019 • 7 p.m.

Presented by Earl Swift FREE for Members; $5 for guests Tangier Island is one of America's most fascinating places. Down to the very language they speak, the island's inhabitants represent a way of life that is replicated nowhere else. "The soft-shell crab capital of the world," Tangier Island is an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay's seafood industry. Tangier Island is also disappearing. As sea levels rise, the island loses fifteen feet of its shoreline every year. In just a few decades, the land could be uninhabitable.

Acclaimed journalist Earl Swift offers us a bittersweet and eye-opening look at a world that has, quite nearly, gone by – and a crisis that will someday impact all Americans. Guests will also get a glimpse of Swift's newest book, Journey on the James, where he takes you down four hundred miles of adventure and history in the life of one of America's great watersheds.