Commodore Matthew C. Perry: Sailor, Diplomat, Naval Educator

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Thursday February 17

7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Date: Thursday, February 17, 2021 
Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture 
Time: 7pm - 8:30pm

  • This presentation will discuss Commodore Matthew Perry’s early accomplishments in 1820-30s at sea fighting piracy, claiming Key West for the U.S.A., repatriating free slaves to Africa, and repressing illegal slave trade.
  • His leadership with naval steam power and commanding first steam-powered ships, including during the Mexican War and the expedition to Japan, where his successful Treaty of Peace and Amity ended over 200 years of isolation by Japan.

Presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry | Scientist Emeritus 

Registration Required.

  • Upon registration, you will receive two emails: one confirmation email with your receipt and the link to join the Zoom lecture and one e-ticket email.
  • If you are registering as a member, please use the coupon code provided by AMM.

Cost: $10 General Admission; FREE for AMM Members First Mate and above ($150).

This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Tracey Neikirk at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website. 

About the Presenter: Dr. Matthew C. Perry is originally from Rhode Island, where as a child he obtained an early interest in his ancestor, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who negotiated a treaty of peace and amity between Japan and the United States in 1854. After graduating from college in 1963, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard a ship in the western Pacific Ocean and was involved with the first two amphibious landings in Vietnam. His ship made two memorable trips to Japan for rest and relaxation. After four years of military service he began a career in wildlife management and research, including 40 years at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland