NMHS held its annual meeting 15–17 May in Erie, PA, in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) and the
Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS).
The National Maritime Historical Society held its annual meeting and conference in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) and the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) on 15–17 May, 2014 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Home of the Erie Maritime Museum and the US Brig Niagara, Erie holds a special place in the annals of history as the building site and homeport for the 1813 USS Niagara and USS Lawrence, flagships of Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. On offer were more than fifty presentations on the latest research in maritime history and projects in maritime heritage. Just to give you a taste of the scope of topics covered, here are the titles of the panels:
- Rethinking Connections
- Inland Waterways on the Global Scale
- Insights on Maritime Endeavors
- Evolving Mercantile Ventures
- Coffins of the Brave
- Law on the Maritime Landscape
- Archaeological Voices in the Landscape
- Defensive Strategies, Offensive Actions
- From Commissary to Battlefield
- Implementation of Sea Power through Maritime Education
- On the Waterfront
- Naval Response and Preparedness
- Understanding Maritime Connections
In addition, there was a keynote panel on the War of 1812 chaired by NMHS trustee Bill Dudley, and we were privileged to board the brig Niagara and to hear from Walter Rybka about their sail training program. The program concluded Saturday night with a reception and awards banquet, with keynote speaker James Delgado, Director of Maritime Heritage, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
Naturally there was plenty to take in of Erie’s rich maritime atmosphere, including a Thursday-evening presentation on the Battle of Lake Erie, a behind-the-scenes look at the Erie Maritime Museum, and a Lake Erie Lighthouse Tour.