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2019 National Maritime Awards Dinner at the National Press Club 2 May 2019

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The National Maritime Historical Society and the National Coast Guard Museum Association invite you to join us as we honor three distinguished awardees at the National Maritime Awards Dinner on Thursday, 2 May 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Dinner chairs Denise Krepp and VADM Al Konetzni, USN (Ret.) and founding chairman Philip Webster look forward to welcoming you as we recognize the extraordinary maritime accomplishments of the Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN (Ret.), and Williams-Mystic: The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport.

The Honorable Tom Ridge, first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, will receive the National Coast Guard Museum Association’s Alexander Hamilton Award for his extraordinary leadership, vision and support of the museum.  Admiral James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), 21st Commandant of the US Coast Guard and 1999 recipient of the NMHS Distinguished Service Award, will present the award.

Admiral Jay L. Johnson, USN (Ret.), 26th Chief of Naval Operations, will receive the NMHS Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding career as a Naval aviator, leader, and for his decision to have an annual commemoration of the Battle of Midway. The award will be presented by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN (Ret.), 30th Chief of Naval Operations and award  recipient at the 2015 National Maritime Awards Dinner.

Williams-Mystic, The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, will receive the NMHS Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education. Williams-Mystic is an exemplary interdisciplinary undergraduate program in maritime studies offering challenging opportunities for students to investigate the sea, the great frontier of the 21st century. The award will be accepted by Dr. Tom Van Winkle, Executive Director, and Benjamin W. Labaree, Director Emeritus of Williams-Mystic.  Thomas B. Crowley, Chairman and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, will present the award.

Gary Jobson, America’s Cup winner and America’s “Ambassador of Sailing,” will be the Master of Ceremonies. Video introductions will be produced by NMHS Vice Chairman Richardo R. Lopes and Voyage Digital Media. Entertainment will be provided by the US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Chorale, directed by Dr. Robert G. Newton. The Combined Sea Services Color Guard will present the colors.

The American Society of Marine Artists will host an Invitational Artists Gallery featuring a variety of works on display and for sale at the National Maritime Awards Dinner.  Paintings dramatizing the classic age of sail, romantic portrayals of the sea, expressionistic sailing action in oils and more will be displayed on our website starting in March; these works can be purchased ahead of time and will accordingly be listed as SOLD at the show. Following the dinner, any unsold works will be displayed at the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery (110 Dock Street, Annapolis, Maryland) through the end of May 2019.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Washington at 815 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20005 (two blocks from the National Press Club) from 1-4 May at the group rate of $269/night (plus tax), while available, if booked by 1 April.  Click here to book your room online, or call 202-783-7800 and use group code NMH.

We invite your participation in this gala event! For sponsorship opportunities and tickets, please see the Sponsorship Packet and contact Vice President Wendy Paggiotta at or 914-737-7878, ext. 235.

To submit a Journal Ad, please email black and white files in InDesign or PDF format to and include your company name and “2019 WADJ AD” in the subject line. Full page ads (10” wide x 7” high) are $1,000; half page ads (4½” wide x 6½” high) are $600.  The deadline for inclusion in the Dinner Journal is 5 April 2019.