"Troy Iron for the USS Monitor"
Friday, December 6, 2013
12noon to 1pm
Folsom Library Fischbach Room
Steve Muller, local historian and author of Troy, New York, and the Building of the USS Monitor, will talk about his discovery of original documents at the New York State Archives that go a long way toward identifying the actual iron components made in Troy and shipped to Brooklyn for the construction of the USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy during the American Civil War.
USS Monitor (on the right) in battle with CSS Virginia,
March 9, 1862
(This is a file from Wikimedia Commons.)
Steve Muller was a U.S. State Department Foreign Service Officer for 26 years. He specialized in international economic issues, including international trade, commodities, and energy. After retirement, he worked for 12 years as a reporter for a group of electronic newsletters covering the electric utility industry. He moved to Troy ten years ago and became interested in Troy's industrial heritage. He is on the board of the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway. In addition to his previously mentioned book, Steve has researched and written several articles on local industrial history topics.
Steve grew up in the Chicago area. He received his BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.
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