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Admission prices for the CIMM Speaker Series are: free for CIMM Members, $7 adults, $5 seniors, $3 Youth (6-17), free for children 5 and younger.

Island Explorations with Chuck Graham

august 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Chuck Graham has been paddling and photographing the Channel Islands for the past 25 years. A renowned freelance writer and photographer (and paddler), Chuck will be sharing some of his favorite moments from his years of exploring the beauty and wildlife on and around the islands.

Chuck’s work has been published in Backpacker, BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic Books, Canoe & Kayak, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, American Forests and Westways. He pens the column Unpredictable Wilderness in the Coastal View News. Instagram: @chuckgrahamphoto. www.chuckgrahamphoto.com.

Dearest Minnie – A Sailor’s Story

october 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm


The CIMM Speaker Series is proud to host teacher and historical novelist Leslie Compton, author of Dearest Minne, A Sailor’s Story. Join us as we explore Leslie’s research into this fascinating story.


Dearest Minnie is a strong narrative-driven historical fiction that brings to light a typical sailor’s life on the USS Virginia during Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet cruise of sixteen battleships around the world in 1907-1909.

This story chronicles not only the cruise itself but the social and political climate of that time in each port where the ships re-coaled. It is told through picture postcards and letters vividly portraying this world event sent from the sailor to his sweetheart eventually leading to a proposal of marriage. Leslie Compton’s research, the colored postcards, and the actual words written by the sailor creates a fresh approach to this subject.

This book will appeal to those who have an interest in American history, military history, postcard collecting, geopolitical interest, and romance.

Life in Jefferson Davis’ Navy with Author Barbara Tomblin

november 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm


“Life in Jefferson Davis’ Navy [by] naval historian Barbara Brooks Tomblin provides welcome insights into the dangers and drudgeries of daily life for CSN officers, sailors, and marines…. Life in Jefferson Davis’ Navy should be required reading for all students and specialists concerned with the CSN, the homefront experience of the Confederacy as a whole, or US naval history more broadly.”

– Michigan War Studies Review

CIMM is very pleased to welcome author and historian Barbara Brooks Tomblin to its next CIMM Speaker Series event! She will be discussing her research and findings that provided the basis for her book “Life in Jefferson Davis’ Navy.”

Barbara Brooks Tomblin is a naval and military historian and author of “G.I. Nightingales,” “With Utmost Spirit,” “Bluejackets and Contrabands,” and “The Civil War on the Mississippi”. She has a doctorate in American history from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey where she was a lecturer in military history.