Although the Intrepid Museum may be physically closed, we are open virtually for exploration and conversation. Visitors who are blind or have low vision are invited for a special off-site verbal description tour of the temporary exhibit Navy Cakes: A Slice of History.
Working, sleeping, eating, life on board a U.S. Navy vessel at sea quickly falls into a predictable routine. Sailors get bored and frustrated after weeks at sea. During wartime, the stress of combat takes a heavy toll. Morale is essential for successful missions, and the ship’s leadership works to raise the crew’s spirits.
One morale-booster is cake.
Cake offers crew members a sweet treat at the end of a long, hard day. On special occasions, large, festive cakes bring the crew together in celebration of what they accomplish and endure. Each confection is the product of a small team of hardworking sailors, who work night and day to keep their shipmates well-fed.
The crew of the submarine Growler (in service 1958–1964) and the aircraft carrier Intrepid (1943–1974) baked—and ate—countless cakes over the years. Join us to learn the history of these delicious desserts and the stories of the sailors who created them.
This experience will be conducted remotely in verbal description and conversation. The program will be accessible by web link and by call-in phone number, depending on your preference.
The same program will be offered in two sessions. RSVP for one option, depending on what works best. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Wednesday, May 6: 2:00-3:30pm
Thursday, May 7: 6:00-7:30pm