Preble Hall

The Legend and Reality of Philo McGiffin

Episode Summary

Philo McGiffin was not a mythical graduate of the US Naval Academy, but a real life 19th century student who became a Chinese naval officer, superintendent of the Chinese Naval Academy, and commanded a Chinese warship at the Battle of Yalu. In this episode, museum curator Grant Walker discusses McGiffin's legend and life and exhibit designer Bill Rogers explains how the special exhibit on McGiffin was conceptualized and designed.

Episode Notes

"Yankee of the Yalu" - a book about McGiffin

Finding aid to materials about McGiffin at the Nimitz Library (US Naval Academy)

USNA Public Affairs Office announcement on the exhibit.


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