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Calhoun new historian at Great Lakes Naval Museum

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT
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Gordon Calhoun

After spending a few minutes with Gordon Calhoun, you get the feeling he is the perfect person to be the historian at the Great Lakes Naval Museum.

His credentials are stellar: Before coming to the museum, he worked as command historian, webmaster and editor at Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk, Va., where he started “The Daybook,” a quarterly journal that covered a wide range of Navy history.

But it’s his enthusiasm that grabs you.

“Institutions must remember where they came from,” he said. “They must remember their traditions and how they formed as well as the mistakes made while they further the organization’s rich history.”

And Calhoun hopes to make similar strides while here at the museum.

“This is a fine place to tell the story of the enlisted sailor,” he said.”Of course, we will have other stories to tell and we will, but this is a great place to do it.”

Museum Executive Director Jennifer Searcy believes that his addition can only help the institution, which is already in the process of an expansion project.

“GLNM is extremely excited to be adding Mr. Calhoun to our staff. Not only does he bring to our staff more than 15 years of professional museum experience via his time at another official Department of the Navy Museum, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, but his excellent historical research and writing skills will allow us to diversify our exhibit content and educational offerings,” she said. “From conducting research for future exhibits here at GLNM, researching and writing historical papers and articles about the enlisted sailor, to preparing and delivering lectures and presentations for both Navy audiences and the general public, he will most certainly be very busy!”

Calhoun graduated with a B.A. in history and a minor in economics in 1993. He began working at Hampton Roads after graduating and while there he received his master’s from Old Dominion University.

Calhoun is married with two children.

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