John Quarstein

John V. Quarstein

Director at Virginia War Museum

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2400 Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia, United States
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Civil War

Director of the USS Monitor Center - The Mariners' Museum

Marketing Manager - V.J. Associates Inc

Curator - War Memorial Museum of Virginia


Education , 


master's degree - history , Christopher Newport University


Historian - America's History LLC

Director Emeritus - Monitor Center

Member - Fort Monroe Authority

Board Member - Old Point Comfort Yacht Club

Very Own Historian - Virginia Tourism Corporation

Board Member - Virginia Civil War Trails

Board Member - John Singleton Mosby Foundation

Historian - City of Hampton

Project Historian - Foundations of Freedom

Historian - The HearSay

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John V. Quarstein
John V. Quarstein is an award winning historian, preservationist, and author. John has served as the director of the Virginia War Museum since 1978. In addition to these duties, he oversees the management of the City of Newport News historic properties including Endview Plantation, Lee Hall Mansion, Youngs Mill, and the Newsome House as well as serving as the historical advisor for the Mariners Museums U.S.S. Monitor Center project. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Quarstein is the author of seven books including Fort Monroe: The key to the South, C.S.S. Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads, Civil War on the Virginia Peninsula, and The Battle of the Ironclads. John V. Quarstein was the recipient of the National Trust for Histo ric Preservations 1993 Presidents Award for Historic Preservation Award, and the United Daughters of the Confederacys Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999. Presently, he serves on the board of several national organizations including Virginia Civil War Trails, John Singleton Mosby Foundation, and Chief Historical Advisor for the U.S.S. Monitor.

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Powhatan Civil War Roundtable

Historian, preservationist, lecturer and author, John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus of USS Monitor Center, will join us on Thursday, March 15th, for the 15th consecutive year. John served as director of the Virginia War Museum for over thirty years and, after retirement, is in demand as a speaker throughout the nation, and this month will discuss the capture of the St. Nicholas by a crew of Confederates John Quarstein also serves on several boards and commissions such as Virginia Civil War Trails, Virginia War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Advisory Council and the Newport News Sesquicentennial Commission. John Quarstein is the author of numerous books, including Fort Monroe: The Key to the South, A History of Ironclads: The Power of Iron Over Wood, Big Bethel: The First Battle, and The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad. His newest book is Sink Before Surrender: The CSS Virginia He also has produced, narrated and written several PBS documentaries, such as Jamestown: Foundations of Freedom and the film series Civil War in Hampton Roads, which was awarded a 2007 Silver Telly. His latest film, Hampton From The Sea To The Stars, was a 2011 Bronze Telly winner. His more recent film projects have been Pyrates of the Chesapeake and Tread of the Tyrants Heel: Virginia's War of 1812 Experience. John is the recipient of the national Trust for Historic Preservation's 1993 President's Award for Historic Preservation; the Civil War Society's Preservation Award in 1996; the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Jefferson Davis Gold Medal in 1999; and the Daughters of the American Revolution Gold Historians Medal in 2009. Besides his lifelong interest in Tidewater Virginia's Civil War experience, Quarstein is an avid duck hunter and decoy hunter and decoy collector. He lives on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, and on his family's Eastern Shore farm near Chestertown, Maryland.

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