On the first Saturday of each month between 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm the National Civil War Naval Museum presents History First, an afternoon program of rotating activities such as museum theatre, living history programs, film screenings, or lectures. There’s something to do every month at Port Columbus!

Event dates and times are subject to change.

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    The Old Ship of Zion
    A New Play by Natalia Naman Aug 22-24 & 27-30
    The National Civil War Naval Museum is a proud co-producer of a new play by Columbus, Georgia playwright Natalia Naman to premiere at the museum August 22-24 & 27-30 . The Old Ship of Zion is the story of an African-American church in Columbus, Georgia facing a dwindling congregation who prepare for one last leap of faith – a revival. This moving, funny, and refreshingly earnest play will test its audience’s understanding of community, faith and the challenges churches face in today’s world.

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    Life Aboard the USS Hartford
    September 6, 2014 12pm - 4pm
    Discover what the daily life of a sailor aboard the famous USS Hartford was like.
    Living History Interpreters will be aboard our replica of the USS Hartford in the Berth Deck and Ward Room demonstrating daily life and medical treatment. Try your hand at playing a period instrument, learn about African American Medal of Honor winning crewman John Lawson, hear about the formidable CSS Tennessee ’s fight against the Hartford , or try administering anesthetics 1860’s style!
    At the Hands-On Activity Area in the Overlook Gallery children can give archeology a try with our Jackson Recovery sand table, try model ship building, or draw and color their own sailing ship pictures.
    4:00 pm - Cannon firing
    To end the day with a bang, cannon firing at 4pm with our 7 – Inch Brooke Rifle!

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    Sink the Albemarle!
    October 4, 2014 12pm - 4pm
    By October of 1864 the CSS Albemarle had wrested control of the Roanoke River in North Carolina from the US Navy, sank one US warship, driven off a flotilla of others, and aided in the CS Army capure of Plymouth - and the US Navy wished it sunk! Learn about daily life aboard a river ironclad and hear the daring tale of the Albemarle 's sinking by USN Lt. William B. Cushing.