The National Maritime Historical Society

Annual Meeting & Maritime Heritage Conference

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The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest.  Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie.  Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the US Lighthouse Society and so many others!

For more information and to register today, please visit the Maritime Heritage Conference Page, where you’ll also find up to date information on the Conference Schedule, Accommodations, Sponsorship Opportunities, and the Call for Presenters and Guidelines.

REGISTRATION

The full conference price is $395 per person, which includes all sessions, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks & lunches (February 15-17), the Saturday Gala Awards Dinner (February 17), and all meeting materials.  There are also individual day options.  The full Conference price increases to $495 per person after December 15, 2017.  Register today by clicking HERE.

Note that all cancellations must be in writing; email is acceptable. Substitutions are accepted at any time, but must also be requested in writing. Cancellations will be refunded up until 5:00 PM EST December 31, 2017 minus a $50 cancellation fee.  After December 31, 2017, no refunds will be issued.

Sponsorship Opportunities ranging from $500 to $15,000 are encouraged and will be formally recognized.

ACCOMODATIONS

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott in the French Quarter – 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130.  A block of rooms has been set aside for conference attendees at the special rate of $164 per night (plus tax) for the nights of February 14-17, 2018.  Rooms will be held at this rate, while available, until January 22, 2018.  Click HERE to book your room using the Conference Passkey, or call (504) 581-1000 and provide the discount code “MHC.”   Should the block of rooms be filled, we will make every effort to block additional rooms at the above rate, however that may not be possible and we recommend you book as early as possible!

CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Please see the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference page for the Call for Presenters & Guidelines  page, which includes details on conference topics as well as information on focus sessions, maritime heritage papers, the application process, deadlines and the selection process, and presenter policies.  Individual paper and session proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page biographical statement about each presenter emailed to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at: proposalsmhc@gmail.com. The deadline for papers and session proposals is December 1, 2017.  

Topics and focus sessions include, but are not limited to: Maritime and Naval History   ·   Maritime Art, Literature, and Music   ·   Education and Preservation   ·   Underwater Archaeology   ·   Trade and Communications   ·   Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums   ·   Marine Science and Ocean Conservation   ·   Historic Vessel Restoration   ·   Maritime Heritage Grant Program   ·   Maritime Landscapes   ·   National Marine Sanctuaries   ·   Inland Waters    ·   Commerce and Seaport Operations   ·   Small Craft   ·   Shipbuilding   ·   Marine Protected Areas   ·   Crew and Staff Training and Development   ·   Tall Ships, Sail Training, and Education Under Sail   ·   Vessel Operations and Safety   ·   Tall Ships® Events and Host Ports   ·   Not-for-Profit Administration   ·   Fund Development   ·   Media and Publications    ·   Marketing and Social Media


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gather with individuals from all segments of the maritime community!
  Register Today, email nmhs@seahistory.org or call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 0 with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans! 

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June and July Seminar Series: Bannerman’s Island

Wednesday, 21 June
Bannerman’s Island—Seminar with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Chappaqua Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY
Refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM

Is Bannerman’s Island haunted? Please join us in welcoming historian and guide Thom Johnson as he presents and recounts the history of Bannerman’s Island, with its castle-like structure looming in the Hudson River.  Originally built to resemble a Scottish castle and to store military goods for the government, Thom shares the fascinating story of this mysterious island and its abandoned arsenal.

The public is invited to attend. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.
E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

Saturday, 22 July
Bannerman’s Island – Visit and Tour with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Beacon Station, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY

Thom Johnson will  take us on an excursion!  Meet us at Beacon Train Station, or join fellow members on Metro North departing from Peekskill station for a narrated trip up the Hudson. From the dock at Beacon Station we’ll board the Estuary Steward for a ride to Bannerman’s Island followed by a walking tour. Boxed lunches will be served aboard on the trip back to Beacon station.
Price: $70 per person. Seating is very limited and early reservations are suggested.

E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

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2017 Annual Awards Dinner – A Very Special Night!

NATIONAL MARITIME HISTORICAL  SOCIETY ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
THURSDAY, 26 OCTOBER  2017
NEW YORK YACHT CLUB

The National Maritime Historical Society is honored to recognize three most esteemed recipients at its gala 2017.  Annual Awards Dinner Chairman George W. Carmany III, previous recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award, and Dinner Vice Chairman Christopher J. Culver, invite your Sponsorship support for this event.  Please see the Sponsorship Package for details on this spectacular event!

Support this year’s Beacon of Light educational initiatives.  The Silent Auction is open and the Live Auction is now online as well – let us do the bidding for you!  See the extensive array of items this year, and call  914-737-7878 ext. 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org to be set up with your own personal bidding representative!

NMHS will present the NMHS Distinguished Service Award to Brian D’Isernia, American sailor, fisherman, shipbuilder, and maritime heritage preservationist, whose career spans nearly 50 years. Founder and owner of a four vessel commercial fishing enterprise out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, Mr. D’Isernia progressed from commercial fishing into vessel construction, opening the Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Florida, in 1976. Today, Eastern’s history includes a portfolio of over 350 vessels. Mr. D’Isernia built a steel hull replica of Columbia, the historic 141’ Gloucester fishing schooner which had been built at the A. D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts, designed by William Starling Burgess. Brian D’Isernia discovered the original lines plan of the Columbia in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Massachusetts. He took the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of bringing a significant piece of maritime history back to life. 24th Commandant of the US Coast Guard, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.), will present the award.

Captain Bert Rogers, Executive Director of Tall Ships America, will receive the NMHS Distinguished Service Award. He has served as bosun, rigger, mate, captain and educator aboard many sailing school vessels and traditional sailing ships. Between 1985 and 1993, he developed, directed, and served as captain for programs aboard  schooner Spirit of Massachusetts, sailing from Penobscot Bay to the north coast of South America conducting sail training and ocean education programs. Captain Rogers joined forces with Alix Thorne and became executive director of Ocean Classroom Foundation, which taught sail training aboard schooners Harvey Gamage, Spirit of Massachusetts and Westward. He is a major influence in the preservation of the skills to maintain and operate historic ships, and in the promotion of the public’s interest and appreciation of tall ships, and in supporting the continuing professional education and safety standards for those crewing today’s tall ships. His dedication is unwavering. Sea History editor Deirdre O’Regan will make the presentation.

NMHS overseer, Philip J. Webster, will receive the David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award. Mr. Webster is the active founding chairman of the National Maritime Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., of which there have been seven successful dinners promoting the signifi cance of our maritime heritage in the nation’s capital. The dinners support our efforts to advocate for federal funding for the maritime heritage community and fl ourish as a result of Mr. Webster’s leadership, commitment and vision. As a trustee he served as a progressive Development Chairman. He has written for Sea History. Mr. Webster comes from a family of mariners; his great grandfather was a clipper ship captain; his grandfather was the author of the 1927 Old Sailing Ships of New England. He has been a dynamic trustee and overseer whose vision and talent have been of great benefit to the Society.  George W. Carmany III will present the award.

Richard T. du Moulin, award-winning yachtsman, will be Master of Ceremonies. The US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, directed by Dr. Robert Newton will provide the entertainment.

For more information on sponsorship or tickets, please see the Sponsorship Package and contact Vice President Wendy Paggiotta by email at vicepresident@seahistory.org or by phone at 914-737-7878, ext. 235.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you soon!

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Congratulations to the 2017 National History Day State Winners

The National Maritime Historical Society is honored to award special prizes for excellence on a maritime topic at the 2017 National History Day state competitions.

National History Day (NHD) is a highly regarded year-long educational program for middle- and high-school students that involves them in a competition to prepare a history project on a designated theme, culminating in state and national competitions. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in the NHD contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries—either individually or in groups.

2017 Winning Projects

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National Maritime Awards Dinner – VIEW PHOTOS

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) and the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) honored three distinguished individuals and organizations at their National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 4 April 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

This illustrious event brought together those who love and serve the sea—leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine and maritime industry; maritime authors and artists; oceanographers, sea explorers and scientists; competitive yachtsmen; philanthropists and government officials who have supported America’s maritime heritage; industrial and pleasure boat designers and builders; cruise lines operators; aquaculturalists; maritime educators; and maritime educational institutions and museums.

Funds raised support the education initiatives of both organizations.

The maritime community gathered to honor Conservation Internaci_42483771tional, an American non-profit environmental organization, and its chairman and founder Peter Seligmann, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. Conservation International has had a major impact on the health of the world’s oceans and shorelines. Conservation International is a founder of the Ocean Health Index and serves as the managing partner.  The NMHS Distinguished Service Award was presented by Thomas L. Friedman, the distinguished three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist.

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award was also given to the National Geographic Society for its extraordinary achievements in chronicling mankind’s relationship with the water and educating tens of millions of readers and viewers about our global maritime heritage. Since its first issue, National Geographic magazine has introduced generation after generation to maritime cultures around the globe and how they have contributed to our civilization. National Geographic  magazine is currently published in 38 editions in 33 languages in 75 countries, with a combined English and non-English circulation of 5.6 million copies per month.  Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, accepted the award, which was presented by internationally-recognized underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic.

The Naval Historical Foundation Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. J. Phillip London, executive chairman and former CEO of CACI International for 23 jacklondoncaciphotoyears until 2007. Under Dr. London’s leadership, CACI has become a trendsetter in offering IT solutions and consulting services across markets throughout North America and Western Europe. Dr. London served 12 years as an officer during the Cold War, as a naval aviator and carrier pilot from 1959 to 1971, and in the US Naval Reserve until 1983. He has made extensive contributions to naval heritage projects and has served on many boards, including the Naval Historical Foundation, the United States Naval Institute and the Navy Memorial Foundation. The NHF Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. London by Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation.

 

                         

THANK YOU TO THE NATIONAL MARITIME AWARDS DINNER COMMITTEE:
CAPT Jim Noone, USN (Ret.) Dinner Co-Chair
Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, Dinner Co-Chair
Philip Webster, Founding Chair

Charles B. Anderson; Jonathan Boulware ; John Brady; Walter R. Brown; CAPT Patrick Burns, USN (Ret.); RADM Joseph F. Callo, USN (Ret.); Dr. William Cogar; CAPT Charles Creekman, USN (Ret.); Vice Admiral Dirk J. Debbink, USNR (Ret.); Donna Dudley; Dr. William Dudley; Paul Fontenoy; David S. Fowler; Burchenal Green; Kristen Greenaway; Karen Helmerson; Dana Hewson; Howard Hoege; Gary Jobson; Dr. Paul F. Johnston; Vice Admiral Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.); Denise Krepp; Amy Lent; Richardo Lopes; Guy E. C. Maitland; Ginger Martus; LCDR Jim Mathieu, USCG (Ret.); CAPT Sally Chin McElwreath, USN (Ret.); Drew McMullen; Captain James J. McNamara; RADM John Mitchell USN (Ret.); Captain Eric Nielsen; Ronald L. Oswald; Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.); The Honorable S. Jay Plager; Bert Rogers; Christopher Rowsom; Kristen Sarri; Clair Sassin; Richard Scarano; Philip Shapiro; Howard Slotnick; Duncan Smith III, Esq; Dr. Joshua Smith; Captain Cesare Sorio; Irmy Webster; Dr. David Winkler; Jean Wort

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Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC

The NMHS Annual Conference will take place 15–17 May, 2017 in Charleston, SC, in conjunction with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) annual conference and the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.

We will be joined by maritime historians, professors, underwater archaeologists, authors, captains, crew, students and leaders from the maritime heritage community. Enjoy three days of presentations, panels, scholarly papers, plus tours and receptions.

The conference will be hosted by the College of Charleston and will explore a wide range of maritime connections and cultural landscapes—and an interweaving of both—to examine the meaning and processes of our maritime heritage. The college is downtown, within easy walking distance of Marion Square and other historic sites (there also will be plenty of nearby parking available).

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SCHEDULE
Monday, 15 May – Evening reception off-campus at Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub and Seafood Restaurant

Tuesday, 16 May – Enjoy an afternoon harbor cruise to see Fort Sumter and then join the fun in a “dine-around,” an opportunity to better get to know other conference attendees in smaller groups at local restaurants

Wednesday, 17 May – Private tour of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley and conclude the three-day event with an evening banquet

CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES …. VIEW  PROGRAM

REGISTRATION
You can register for the full three days, or by the day.
Click here for the registration and sponsorship form.

Full Conference: $265 per person – includes all continental breakfasts & lunches, sessions, breaks, reception, banquet and field trips.  (If reserved prior to March 31, the cost was $245 per person)

Single Day:
Monday: $125 per person—includes continental breakfast & lunch, all lectures,
reception at Tommy Condon’s Restaurant.

Tuesday: $125 per person—includes continental breakfast & lunch, harbor cruise to Fort Sumter and all lectures.

Wednesday: $145 per person—includes continental breakfast & lunch, tour of H. L. Hunley and banquet.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be in writing; email is acceptable. Substitutions are accepted at any time, but must also be requested in writing. Cancellations will be refunded up until 5:00 PM EST May 1, 2017 minus a $50 cancellation fee. After 1 May 2017 no refunds will be issued.

TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Charleston International Airport is served by American, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest, and United Airlines. There is a downtown shuttle service that costs $14 each way and leaves every fifteen minutes. A taxi to the Francis Marion hotel is about $30 each way. The driver may not charge extra for two passengers, but there is a $14 per passenger supplement for more than two people.

TWO HOTELS HAVE BEEN RESERVED

DAYS INN Charleston Historic District – ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE
NASOH also has a room block at the Days Inn Charleston Historic District, located at 155 Meeting Street. The conference rate is $135/night. Attendees must make their own room reservations by calling (843) 722-8411 by Friday, 21 April 2017; you must mention the group code C G N A S O to receive this rate.

**SOLD OUT**    FRANCIS MARION 
facadeNASOH has reserved a room block at the Francis Marion Hotel located at 387 King Street. The website is: http://www.francismarioncharleston.com.

The conference rate is $179/night for a single or double traditional room. Attendees must make their own room reservations by calling (877) 756-2121 by Friday, 31 March 2017; you must identify yourself as attending the NASOH conference to receive this rate. The Francis Marion hotel is on Marion Square, and is within easy walking distance of the College of Charleston.

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TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®: Boston, 17–22 June 2017

Tall Ships America is collaborating with Sail Training International for a transatlantic Tall Ships Regatta* marking the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta will bring ships from European host ports to Boston on 17–22 June and then on to various ports in Canada and the Gulf of St. Lawrence before arriving in Quebec City in July. From Quebec City ,the ships will return to Europe in September 2017.

Tall Ships America is planning port events along the Atlantic Coast culminating in the Sail Boston® 2017event as part of their TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2017 series. Check this webpage for the latest information on participating US ports it develops.

About Tall Ships America
Founded in 1973, Tall Ships America is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching youth education through character building and leadership programs aboard tall ships. It is the hub for tall ship activity, expertise, and information in North America, and is commended by the United States Congress as the Sail Training Organization representing the United States in the international forum.  Tall Ships America supports the people, ships and programs of sail training and tall ships through grants, scholarships, conferences, education, publications, regulatory and licensing information, public events and advocacy. The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public, and support education under sail.

For more information visit the Tall Ships America website.

 

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TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®: Charleston – May 19-21, 2017

Charleston welcomes the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2017 series for Tall Ships® Charleston 2017. This event will offer a fantastic opportunity for visitors to step aboard many beautiful tall ships from across the world.

As part of Tall Ships America’s TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Atlantic Coast 2017 Race Series and a feeder port for the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Tall Ships® Charleston will host a fleet of international vessels, 19–22 May. Charleston will also be the start of a race to Bermuda, where the tall ships will join the Rendez-vouz fleet before racing north to Sail Boston® 2017, 17–22 June.

NMHS members and Sea History readers are invited to attend and meet sail trainers, ship operators, preservationists and supporters from across North America and the world.

For more information visit the Tall Ships America website.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.

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January Lecture: Revolution on the Hudson with George Daughan

28 January, 2017
“Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” with George Daughan

NOTE NEW LOCATION!

The public is invited to attend the National Maritime Historical Society’s Charles Point Council Lecture Series on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, New York. The lecture “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” will be presented by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

Mr. Daughan will discuss the overriding importance of New York and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence. He will show that King George III based his war strategy on the assumption that he could easily crush the American insurgents by seizing the sea-land corridor linking Manhattan with Canada, an idea shared by George Washington and his leadership. Daughan will show that, despite the prowess of their navy and army, the British never had the capacity to control the Hudson River Valley or the passage to Canada, and that fixating on this strategy led to their defeats at Saratoga and Yorktown. He will also discuss the intriguing question of whether they could ever have won the war.

Prof.essor Daughan is also the author of If by Sea, 1812: the Navy’s War and The Shining Sea and is the recipient of the Naval Order of New York’s Samuel Eliot Morison award and the USS Constitution Museum’s Samuel Eliot Morison award.

Booking signing to follow.

What: Presentation: “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

When: Saturday January 28, 2017
Where: Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Time: Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM
Cost: Lecture – $5 to $10 suggested donation; After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon with the author at a local restaurant $25 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations required, 914 737-7878 x 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org.
Sponsor: The National Maritime Historical Society

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NMHS Secretary Jean Wort Honored by Clearwater

clrwtrjw1We’re thrilled that Jean Wort was honored by Clearwater at their 2nd annual gala on 13 November. NMHS chairman Ronald Oswald, NMHS president Burchenal Green and trustees Walter Brown and Howard Slotnick were on hand to join in recognizing NMHS secretary Jean Wort, who received the Spirit of the Hudson award.

Captain Wort has worked to preserve the Hudson River’s natural beauty as a trustee or honorary director of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust, the Orange County Land Trust, the Nature Museum of the Hudson Highlands, the Orange County Citizens Foundation, the Fort Montgomery Battle Site and the Constitution Island Association. She has served on the Town of Highlands Planning Board and was appointed commissioner for Orange County for the Hudson Fulton Champlain Quadricentennial from 2002 to 2010.

This year’s gala also hosted the largest number of Clearwater captains ever assembled. They have a unique position as environmental leaders on the Hudson River. In addition to piloting the sloop, the captain and crew share a mission to educate and inspire all passengers who sail on Clearwater, as well as the Clearwater members who serve as weekly volunteer crew.

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