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Free Speaker Series — Next Up: Kevin Gilheany, Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

Adventure lovers of all ages are invited to the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. as the museum welcomes Kevin P. Gilheany, author of “Minding the Helm: An Unlikely Career in the U.S. Coast Guard. 

In this free event, Gilheany will share stories of his two decades spent in capturing drug smugglers, rescuing hundreds of Haitian migrants at sea, recovering Space Shuttle Challenger debris, surviving a “hooligan navy” experience on a Coast Guard workboat, coordinating search and rescue during the famed “Perfect Storm,” and leading armed boardings of ships following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

When asked by one of his men, who was dying from brain cancer, to play bagpipes at his retirement ceremony, Gilheany started down a new path to have bagpipers officially recognized as part of the Coast Guard. He ultimately founded the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band.

This program and book signing, part of the Maritime Museum’s regular Speaker Series, will take place in the event room of the museum. It is free to all to attend and museum members are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments.

SEATS ARE LIMITED. To reserve your spot, call the museum today at (985) 845-9200.


“Bringing Louisiana’s Maritime History to Life,” is the driving mission of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum. Located on the banks of the scenic Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, the LPB Maritime Museum takes you on a historic journey through maritime Louisiana.

The museum brings Louisiana’s maritime history to life through unique interpretive programs, exhibits, and publications. These programs include the time honored craft of boat building, hands-on field trips, constructing underwater robots, restoration of the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, and other exciting educational opportunities for people of all ages. Don’t forget to visit in October during the Wooden Boat Festival, the premier annual event on the Tchefuncte River featuring over 100 wooden and classic boats!

From canoes to pirogues, from bateaux to steamboats, Louisiana’s unique maritime history and culture has it all. Native Americans, European explorers, and early settlers depended upon Louisiana’s extensive bayous, rivers, and lakes as the pathways of survival, linking the interior with the sea. These waterways represented the connections among people, the connections of life.

We welcome you to participate in the variety of unique programs and activities offered, created to highlight what makes Louisiana’s maritime family great! We also offer our facility and beautiful dock on the Tchefuncte River for your next event. Start your discovery of the history and culture of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin with us!

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