Olympia AM 2021

NMHS 58th Annual Meeting – Philadelphia 30 July-1 August 2021

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The Trustees of the National Maritime Historical Society are delighted to invite members to join us for our 58th Annual Meeting the weekend of 30 July–1 August 2021 at the Independence Seaport Museum on Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing. Along with other Society members, you will have the opportunity to attend presentations from leaders across the maritime heritage community and enjoy tours of Philadelphia’s historic waterfront treasures, including the 1892 cruiser Olympia, Admiral Dewey’s famous flagship from the Battle of Manila Bay.  NMHS chairman Ronald Oswald encourages you to join us in this wonderful city with so many historic ships and maritime cultural sites for the fabulous activities planned for the meeting.  We look forward to seeing you in Philly!


Annual Meeting Weekend Schedule

Friday, 30 July

Kicking off the weekend on Friday, attendees will board the River Link Ferry just outside Independence Seaport Museum at 12 noon, crossing the Delaware River to Camden and taking a short walk to Battleship New Jersey.  We’ll climb aboard for a 12:30 pm lunch and 1:30 pm tour, ferrying back to Philadelphia at 3:30 pm.

Saturday, 31 July

On Saturday, continental breakfast from 8:00-9:00 am will be followed by the annual Business Meeting at 9:00 am and maritime heritage presentations at 10:30 am.  We’ll hear from John Brady, Independence Seaport Museum president emeritus, on efforts to restore USS Olympia. Susan Gibbs and Charles Anderson will give an update on SS United States and plans for the future of the famed liner, berthed just down the river at Pier 82. Patrick Flynn, Superintendent of Ships at the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, will tell us about the 1901 barquentine Gazela Primeiro and highlight some of the Guild’s educational programs. (Gazela and the 1902 tug Jupiter are berthed a stone’s throw from the museum along Penn’s Landing.) We’ll also hear from Tyler Putman, Gallery Interpretation Manager at the Museum of the American Revolution, and from leadership at USS New Jersey on this impressive 887-foot long, 45,000-ton, decorated 1942 battleship.

Following the maritime heritage presentations, we’ll enjoy lunch at 12:00 noon and tours from 2:00-4:00 pm of the vast art and artifact collections of Independence Seaport Museum, cruiser Olympia and submarine Becuna.  Join us as we explore themes such as Philadelphia’s connection to the founding of the United States Navy, Olympia’s military and humanitarian roles in World War I, and much more.  To round out the afternoon, members are invited to step aboard Gazela Primeiro, where the Society will host a reception (weather permitting, with cash bar.)

Sunday, 1 August

To wrap up the weekend, at 10 am on Sunday, attendees will enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of the Museum of the American Revolution, where the ideas, events, and legacies of our nation’s revolutionary beginnings are explored through innovative and interactive exhibits.



For NMHS to flourish and grow, it is important that its leaders and members gather to share ideas to chart the Society’s course into the future. Click here to register online, or call headquarters at (914) 737-7878 ext. 0 to sign up. You can register for the full three days, or by the day.

All Annual Meeting Weekend Activities: $140 per person—includes Friday ferry, lunch, and tour of Battleship New Jersey; Saturday continental breakfast, business meeting, presentations, lunch, tours, and reception; and Sunday tour of the Museum of the American Revolution.

Single Day Activities:

Friday, 30 July: $45 per person—includes ferry, lunch, and tour of Battleship New Jersey.

Saturday, 31 July: $85 per person—includes breakfast, business meeting, presentations, lunch, tours, and reception.

Sunday, 1 August: $10 per person—includes tour of the Museum of the American Revolution.

If you can join us as a Donor, Sponsor, or Underwriter, we would be grateful:

A $500 Donor contribution includes one place for all weekend events, Donor recognition, and a half-page in the NMHS program

A $1,000 Sponsor contribution includes two places for all weekend events, Sponsor recognition, and a full page in the NMHS program.

A $5,000 Underwriter contribution includes two places for all weekend events, Underwriter recognition, and a full page in the NMHS program.


We are incredibly grateful to our
Underwriter William H. White
and Sponsors Walter R. Brown, Dr. William S. Dudley, and William J. Green




We have booked a block of rooms at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, adjacent to Independence Seaport Museum and ideally located within walking distance of all the weekend’s activities. Rooms are reserved from 29 July to 1 August at the rate of $169/night, plus applicable taxes. Garage parking is $35 per vehicle per night. The room block is set aside for reservations under the group name “NMHS” until 19 July, or until all the rooms have been booked. Reservations can be made online by clicking on this hotel booking link or by calling (215) 521-6500. The Philadelphia waterfront is a popular destination in July, and we encourage you to make your reservations right away.



In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prevent attendance, registrations will be refunded.  Cancellations must be in writing; email to is acceptable. If you need to cancel a reservation with Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, please contact the hotel directly at (215) 521-6500.


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