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2015 CAMM Conference Promotes Collaboration

fireboat and museum

Los Angeles Maritime Museum on the San Pedro waterfront. Photo by Candace Clifford

Hosted by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the 2015 CAMM conference attracted 58 participants representing 35 institutions from the East, West, and Gulf Coasts; the Great Lakes; and Australia. The conference not only provided opportunities for participants to share ideas and develop professional relationships but many of the sessions emphasized the importance of collaborations, the voyage of the Charles W. Morgan being one example.

In addition to lively sessions, highlights included a movie on the voyages of Irving and Electra Johnson, a narrated tour of San Pedro and Long Beach Harbors, lunch and tours aboard the USS Iowa, a closing dinner at the Los Angeles Yacht Club, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the maritime collections at the Huntington Library. See the conference slide show for Candace Clifford’s photos of the meeting.

During the business meeting Dave Pearson of Columbia River Maritime Museum was elected to a third year term as president and Greg Gorga of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum was promoted to vice president. Pete Lesher of Chesapeake Maritime Museum and Sam Heed of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation were elected members at large. Having reached the end of their terms, Ron Oswald of the National Maritime Historical Society and Dana Hewson of Mystic Seaport were thanked for their service to CAMM over the past six years.

Pre-Conference Movie Screening Invitation

Invitation.CAMM.optionSteve White, president of Mystic Seaport, invites CAMM conference attendees to the screening of Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson on Sunday, April 12th, at the conference hotel.

The movie is described as “A thrilling and inspiring story about the extraordinary Johnsons, who sailed seven times around the world, exploring remote islands and meeting exotic cultures along the way.”

Preliminary Schedule for CAMM Conference Now Available


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum

CAMM’s upcoming conference at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, April 13-14, is a great opportunity to learn what your colleagues are doing both through formal sessions and one-on-one social activities. In addition to reviewing maritime heritage issues around the country you can also explore the rich history of the active ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

For a full list of sessions and activities download the program as of March 11.

The annual meeting webpage also offers information on registration, lodging at a special conference rate, transportation, an optional field trip to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and travel grants for CAMM members. (You do not have to be a CAMM member to attend the conference.)

Registration Begins for CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli at September's Maritime Heritage Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli oversee the CAMM table at September’s Maritime Heritage Conference

CAMM Treasurer Paul Fontenoy is now accepting registrations for the CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference to take place April 12-14 at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Director Marifrances Trivelli and the program committee has put together a program of lively educational sessions, a narrated boat cruise of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, dinner at the historic Los Angeles yacht club, as well as an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the world renowned Huntington Library.

Full registration ($150.00) includes all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday, the cruise on Monday, and the closing dinner on Tuesday. One-day registrations are also available. The optional field trip on Wednesday is a separate ticketed event.

To register, download the online CAMM Registration 2015 form, fill it out, make a payment (using the PayPal link, check, or credit card), save the form and email it to <>. (The form can also be printed and mailed or faxed.)

Registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

To learn more about lodging, transportation, and travel grants, please visit our Annual Meeting page. Please note that although the meeting is open to all, travel grants are only available to staff of CAMM member institutions.

Deadline for Proposals for CAMM Meeting is January 5, 2015

Prospective presenters at the upcoming CAMM annual meeting at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum need to submit their proposals by January 5, 2015.  Session proposals should be about topics of interest to your CAMM colleagues. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase current projects and share expertise!

2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

Ship Plans Panel at 2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

The CAMM Conference Call for Proposals is meant to be filled out online. Once completed, please save and email the form to Program Committee Chairman Marifrances Trivelli at <>.

Consideration of Future CAMM Annual Meeting Locations

As you know the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will be hosting CAMM’s 2015 annual meeting on April 13-14. They are putting together a great mix of educational and social programs set against the backdrop of the busy port of Los Angeles.

The CAMM board is currently considering two offers to host CAMM’s annual meeting in 2016 and 2017.  Before making the final decision, they would like to provide an opportunity for other members to express their interest in hosting. Host’s responsibilities include providing a venue that’s within or nearby their museum; making local arrangements for lodging, meals, boat cruise, and optional field trips; establishing the budget; creating the schedule; and providing support for the program sessions.

Since CAMM attempts to hold its meetings in different parts of the country, the Board would welcome offers from member institutions along the Gulf Coast.

If you are interested in hosting a conference please contact Dave Pearson at or any CAMM Board Member to express your interest before December 19th.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.