Movie and Lecture Series

The Erie Maritime Museum Speaker Series 
featuring guest speaker Richard E. Buys on

The Naval History of World War I and Erie’s Contribution


Sunday, April 2, 2017
H.O. Hirt Auditorium

Learn about:

  • The 19th century transition from sail to steam
  • The development of the Dreadnought Class battle ships
  • The principal naval actions across the globe
  • The American and Canadian Great Lakes naval development
  • Pennsylvania and Erie’s contributions to the war, including the use of the USS Wolverine

Colonel Buys has a BA degree in Geography from the University of Minnesota; an MS degree in International Relations from Troy State University, Alabama. He completed the NATO Defense College in-residence course in Rome.

He has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle-East, and Asia. He served twenty-eight years in the USAF; first as a transport and reconnaissance pilot, then as a NATO defense planner. Later he contracted as an advisor to the Royal Saudi Air Force and was the Boeing technical writer for US Airways.

He recently served as a Senior Advisory Officer at the Brussels-based European Centre for Defense, Security and Environment.  He has presented this topic at The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home, the Erie Club, and for the Erie Rotary Club.

Come see Mr. Buys share his extensive knowledge of the naval history that helped to shape the fighting spirit of our great city of Erie!

For more information, contact Linda Bolla at 814.452.2744 ext. 219

Don’t Give Up the Ship!