March 4, 2019
Join us at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, when local writer and historian Nancy E. Sheppard discusses the deadliest disaster of a U.S. airship in American history: The 1922 crash of the ROMA. Based on her book, The Airship ROMA Disaster in Hampton Roads, Ms. Sheppard will reveal details and never before published imagery of this crash of one of the last great airships. The lecture, sponsored by the York County Historical Committee, is free and open to the public and held in York Hall, 301 Main Street, in Yorktown.
Ms. Sheppard is an award nominated non-fiction author, as well a historian, lecturer, and photojournalist from Yorktown. She earned her B.A. in History from American Military University and has served as a feature lecturer for a number of entities, including: the Virginia History & Culture Museum; the Dick Winters Veteran Lecture Series in Ephrata, Pennsylvania; and, on C-SPAN3. She has dedicated her career to telling the rich history of Virginia's Tidewater area as well as her fascination for military lighter-than-air history.
Her first publication, The Airship Roma Disaster in Hampton Roads, was nominated for the 2017 Library of Virginia Literary Award. Her second book, the newly-released Hampton Roads Murder and Mayhem, is nominated for a 2019 Virginia Literary Award. Both books will be available for sale and signing by the author following the lecture.