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Washington Awards Dinner

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The National Maritime Historical Society and the Naval Historical Foundation are honoring Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, and Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and celebrating the centennials of the U.S. Naval Reserve, the Office of Chief of Naval Operations and the formation of the U.S. Coast Guard at the Washington Awards Dinner at the National Press Club on Thursday, 23 April 2015.

Harold F. (Gerry) Lenfest is a philanthropist who has given millions to educational institutions, the arts, and to the cause of maritime history as seen in his generous support of the effort to renovate and preserve SS United States, which was, in its time, the fastest passenger ship in the world, and to the historic schooner Ernestina-Morrisey. Mr. Lenfest served as a reservist in the US Navy, and acknowledged its great impact in his life. In honoring Mr. Lenfest we honor the United States Navy Reserve which in 2015 will celebrate its centennial.

Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, is the 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), an office that was established in 1915, two years before the U.S. entry into World War I. He is the individual who leads the U.S. Navy, ashore and afloat, in its mission to protect and defend the global interests of the United States on the high seas. Admiral Greenert has been a strong promoter of this country’s navy and its history, particularly in the commemoration of the navy’s role in the War of 1812. We honor the centenary of the offi ce of CNO in honoring Admiral Greenert.

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, a native of Baltimore, is this country’s longest-serving woman senator, having won election to the US Senate in 1986. In the House of Representatives she served on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. She was chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, and presently is the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Mikulski has long been a strong advocate for the maritime industries of the Port of Baltimore and has worked energetically to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

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NMHS named 2013 Mariners Award recipient

Jean Wort and Ron Oswald at recent CAMM Meeting.

Jean Wort and Ron Oswald at recent CAMM Meeting.

NMHS named 2013 Mariners Award recipient

BATH, Maine, July 8, 2013…The National Maritime Historical Society has been selected by Maine Maritime Museum to receive the 2013 Mariners Award in recognition of its leadership role in raising awareness of our nation’s maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization.

The award will be presented to the society’s Chairman Ronald L. Oswald in a ceremony at the Museum in August. Among the sponsors of the 2013 Mariners Award is General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.

“It is fitting that Maine Maritime Museum honor the National Maritime Historical Society with the Mariners Award during the Society’s 50th year,” says Amy Lent, MMM executive director. “Through the Society’s efforts over the past half-century the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the preeminent role that maritime issues and activities have played in our nation’s development, defense and culture has been greatly expanded.”

Originally founded in 1963 as an effort to rescue and preserve the Arthur Sewall & Co. Shipyard Bath-built bark Kaiulani, the Society evolved into a not-for-profit membership organization that seeks to educate Americans about our nation’s extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance for our nation’s prosperity and cultural vitality.

“Our two organizations have been on almost parallel courses for the past 50 years,” says Lent. “Founded less than a year apart, each for a single purpose, we have both evolved to become leaders in educating the public about the maritime heritage of our state and our nation and enlightening the American public about the continuing importance of maritime industries and activities, today and into the future.”

The Society’s initiatives encompass publications, educational programs, sail training, and preservation of historic ships. The Society communicates with its members through its quarterly publication, Sea History, which, with its 45,000 readers, is recognized as the pre-eminent journal of advocacy and education in the field.  Its website,, provides information about U.S. maritime heritage as well as about today’s maritime activities, including a calendar of maritime-related events such as conferences, exhibits and ship news.