Brush up on your Naval History!
You're invited to the Erie Maritime Museum Lecture Series featuring
Richard E. Buys
the Naval History of World War One and Erie's Contribution
Sunday, April 2, 2017
at 2:00 p.m.

H O Hirt Auditorium 
160 East Front Street, Erie, PA 16507

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

Richard E. Buys, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret)

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.  

For more information visit  or contact Linda Bolla at 814.452.2744 x.219

The Flagship Niagara League is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit educational associate organization of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), chartered to facilitate citizen participation and operation of the U.S. Brig Niagara and its homeport, Erie Maritime Museum.