lighthouse with bridge to land
Bob Trapani, Jr.

The trustees of the
The National Maritime Historical Society

invite you to join us for the 
2024 Annual Awards Dinner

Honoring
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. John B. Hattendorf
Ford Reiche 

New York Yacht Club
Thursday, 24 October 2024 

Join us as we celebrate exceptional leadership in maritime research, education and preservation as the National Maritime Historical Society once again hosts its Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Yacht Club, Thursday, 24 October 2024. The National Maritime Historical Society is in the unique position of being able to focus attention and recognition on innovative programs and effective leaders in the maritime heritage field through its awards program.

Through these awards, we demonstrate that positive strides can be made in preserving our important maritime heritage and encourage others to follow the example set by our honorees.

Galapagos
Photo courtesy of ©Deepsea Productions.

Dr. Sylvia Earle

The Society celebrates Dr. Sylvia Earle and her life’s work exploring and advocating for our oceans with its 2024 NMHS Distinguished Service Award. Earle is a world-renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer, and National Geographic Explorer at Large. She is the founder, President and Chair of Mission Blue that has built international support for a global network of marine protected areas, or “Hope Spots.”

Earle was the first female chief scientist of NOAA (1990-1992), and the founder of the Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc. (DOER). She has served as the chair of the Advisory Council of the Harte Research Institute, the Advisory Council of the Ocean in Google Earth, and spearheaded the National Geographic Society Sustainable Seas Expeditions. Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7,000 hours underwater, including leading the first female team of aquanauts for the Tektite II Project in 1970. She holds the record for untethered diving at a depth of 1,250 feet. Earle has received more than 100 honors from around the world. Her notable awards include Time magazine’s first Hero of the Planet, the United Nations Champion of the Earth, and the TED Prize.

Portrait of a man wearing a suit and tie.
Photo courtesy of Dr. John B. Hattendorf.

Dr. John Hattendorf

Dr. John B. Hattendorf will be presented with the 2024 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his many years of scholarship and published works that underscore the role of history in contemporary maritime strategy. Hattendorf is recognized internationally as a preeminent naval historian and named as “one of the most widely known and well-respected naval historians in the world” by the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings.

He is the Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus of Maritime History, a chair he occupied at the US Naval War College from 1984 to 2016. He served as chairman of the College’s Advanced Research Department from 1986-2003, as chairman of the Maritime History Department, and director of the Naval War College Museum from 2003-2016. A former surface warfare officer, he earned his degrees in history from Kenyon College, Brown University, and the University of Oxford. He is the author or editor of more than 50 books, including Sailors and Scholars and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History. The Society honors Dr. Hattendorf for the inspiration and guidance he has provided to scores of students — at the Naval War College, the Munson Institute, and beyond. His impact has influenced generations of historians.

Man standing to the left of a lighthouse and small white house
Photo Courtesy of Jeremy D, Entremont, US Lighthouse Society.

Ford Reiche

Ford Reiche will receive the 2024 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his restoration of several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, notably the 1871 Halfway Rock Light Station in Maine. The Halfway Rock Light Station restoration won a number of national and regional awards including the 2016 Preservation Award and the 2017 Keeper of the Light Award in recognition of his “contribution to the preservation of America’s lighthouses and their rich tradition.” In 2024, Reiche was awarded the Neal Allen Ward Award by Maine Historical Society for "outstanding contributions to the field of Maine history."

The Society salutes Reiche for preserving the light station at Halfway Rock and documenting its rich history in his book, Halfway Rock Light Station. Reiche has been an attorney and an entrepreneur; in 2008 he was named the Maine Small Businessperson of the Year and the Mainebiz Business Leader of the Year. He is a former trustee of Maine Preservation.

Thomas A. Whidden will serve as dinner chair. Whidden was recognized with the 2022 NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the yachting community and his unparalleled leadership in the design and manufacture of technologically advanced sails. He has worked to honor those of excellence in racing, encouraging younger generations to value and participate in the sport.

Richard T. du Moulin, award-winning yachtsman, will be the master of ceremonies.  Entertainment will be provided by the US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, directed by Dr. Daniel McDavitt, DMA.

Video presentations will be produced by award-winning documentarian and NMHS vice chair, Richardo R. Lopes, executive director of Voyage Digital Media, and photographer/editor, Alessandro Lopes.

Thomas Whidden formal picture
Thomas Whidden
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Sponsorship Opportunities

$50,000 Underwriter

  • Premium table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$25,000 Event Marquee Sponsor

  • Premium table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$15,000 Fleet Sponsor

  • Premium table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in the evening’s dinner program
    Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$10,000 Commodore Sponsor

  • Premium table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$7,000 Reception Sponsor

  • Premium table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Full-page advertisement in Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$5,000 Take Home/Favor Sponsor

  • Two tickets
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 2 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

 $4,000 Table Host

  • Table for 10 guests
  • Recognition from the podium with audio/visual & signage at the event
  • Recognition in the dinner program
  • Recognition on the Society’s website, press releases, mailings, and email announcements
  • Membership for 10 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$1,000 Individual Sponsor

  • VIP seating for 2 guests
  • Recognition on the Society’s website
  • Membership for 2 in NMHS, including the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) card for free admission to America’s leading maritime museums

$400 Individual Dinner Reservation

  • 1 individual dinner reservation
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We Gratefully Appreciate our Sponsors

Commodore Sponsor

Caddell Dry Dock And Repair Co., Inc.

Take Home Favor Sponsor

CAPT Sally McElwreath Callo, USN (Ret.) & RADM Joseph Callo, USN (Ret.)
Thomas A. & Betsy Whidden

Table Host

Richard T. du Moulin

Donors

A.G.A. Correa & Son
The Estate of Paul Garnett
John Medeiros Jewelry Collections
Mystic Knotworks
Patrick O'Brien

 

2024 Annual Awards Dinner Committee

Dinner Chair
Thomas A. Whidden

 

Charles B. Anderson ∙ Capt. Jonathan Boulware ∙ Walter R. Brown ∙ CAPT Patrick Burns, USN (Ret.) ∙ Samuel F. Byers ∙ RADM Joseph F. Callo, USN (Ret.) ∙ CAPT Sally McElwreath Callo, USN (Ret.) ∙ Richard T. du Moulin ∙ David S. Fowler ∙ Catherine Green ∙ Clare Harrington ∙ Karen Helmerson ∙ Gary Jobson ∙ Steven P. Kalil ∙ VADM Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.) ∙ A. L. Chip Loomis ∙ Richardo R. Lopes ∙ Guy E. C. Maitland ∙ Capt. Jeffrey McAllister ∙ Elizabeth McCarthy ∙ Dr. Salvatore Mercogliano ∙ Michael W. Morrow ∙ CAPT James A. Noone, USN (Ret.) ∙ Erik K. Olstein ∙ Ronald L. Oswald ∙ Wendy Paggiotta ∙ Dr. Timothy J. Runyan ∙ Sharon Slotnick ∙ Philip J. Webster ∙ Dr. David Winker