The WNHA believes that naval historians and enthusiasts on the west coast are an “under-served community” in contrast to those in the Newport-Annapolis-Norfolk-Washington DC corridor. There are no associations or groups devoted exclusively to naval history in the western United States. No symposia or conferences devoted exclusively to naval history are conducted on the West Coast and East Coast conferences are out of reach of many people interested in naval history. Moreover, most of the conferences that already exist are aimed at a professional/academic audience, whereas naval history is a discipline that has always welcomed and encouraged amateur historians—and indeed, many outstanding works of naval history have been written by authors who had no academic or professional standing.

USS New Jersey (BB-62) entering a Japanese port, 1953.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command.


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