Burchenal Green

Burchenal Green

Board of Trustees, President

Burchenal Green is President and Executive Director of the National Maritime Historical Society, a membership, not-for-profit organization of some 8,000 members dedicated to preserving America’s historic ships and promoting how our maritime heritage has shaped the culture of this country and influences its future. The Society produces the quarterly magazine Sea History, the pre-eminent journal of the maritime heritage, as well as books, an interactive website with important resource materials, and an active education and awards program. The awards serve to recognize excellence and encourage others to work in the maritime field.

In 1998, Burchenal was the director, under the leadership of Howard Slotnick, of a project that brought the only parade of tall ships up the Hudson River in the twentieth century and she served as the Assistant Parade Marshall. She served on the National Advisory Board for the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner, and she serves on the Steering Committee for the Maritime Heritage Conferences. She was awarded the 2018 National Maritime Conference Award of Distinction for her work in bringing together the organizations promoting our maritime heritage, and to honor NMHS and Sea History. She serves on the Advisory Board for the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.

In 2020 she was presented with the American Society of Marine Artists Lifetime Achievement Award and the Independence Seaport Museum Award for Maritime Preservation.

Burchie Green’s family has islands in Pointe-au-Baril in Georgian Bay of Lake Huron, and she grew up summering there, traveling everywhere by wooden boats. When she moved to the Hudson River Valley her fondest activities were taking her sons sailing and boating to explore the river. She has sailed from Block Island to Manhattan, around Nantucket and off the coast of Maine. She has sailed in the Caribbean and in 2008 she went sailing for a week in Tahiti.

She has her BA from the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and the first MA from Columbia University in Computing in Education. She taught English and reading in New York City schools. She was managing editor of Creative Computing for 5 years, and co-editor of Tales of the Marvelous Machine and the Best of Creative Computing, Vol. 3.

She worked on archaeological digs in England and Holland and traveled with archaeologists through Eastern Europe, Mesopotamia, Greece and northern Africa.

She was active with the American Association of University Women (past NYS vice president); NAACP (1994 NAACP Peekskill Community Service Award for writing Follow the Drinking Gourd about the Underground Railroad in Peekskill); Hudson Valley Friends of Mental Health (past president and 1989 Volunteer of the Year); and Peekskill Sailing and Power Squadron (past executive officer).

Burchie lives in Cortlandt Manor, New York and is married to Alex Mason. They have two sons, Alex and Teddy, the joy of her life, and a cat, Fu. Burchie has a passion for history and its preservation, for getting people out on ships, which strengthens their commitment to the maritime heritage, for reading, her family, swimming and baking cookies.