Category Archives: Professional Meetings

Hong Kong Maritime Museum to Host ICMM

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The Hong Kong Maritime Museum is proud to invite maritime museums from around the world to one of the most exciting and transformational commercial and cultural centers in world trade – the Pearl River Delta.
 
For over three hundred years the PRD has been a global meeting place for traders, entrepreneurs, government envoys, missionaries and fortune hunters. Today, Hong Kong and nearby Guangzhou, represent the modern face of China and the ceaseless commercial activities which in two generations has transformed a region previously  dominated by fishing villages and paddy fields into a true metropolis.
 
As a young museum, established in 2003 with strong support from the Hong Kong shipping industry we are in a good position to share with delegates the spirit of Hong Kong through the prism of its maritime heritage. Our links with Greater China also provide an opportunity for delegates to meet with counterparts from a dynamic new part of the maritime museum industry; there are over thirty institutions along the China coast committed to exploring both historical and contemporary aspects of China’s maritime story. As a crossroads in Asia we are also expecting representatives from Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines.
 
The conference team has created an exciting programme of tours, talks and intriguing experiences which will truly showcase what the region has to offer, from Taichi on the museum’s balcony, to the culinary delights of a top star restaurant in Macau. Please join us in November 2015 – we look forward to hosting you.

Richard Wesley
Museum Director
Hong Kong Maritime Museum

For more information, download the flyer.

2015 Northwest Anthropological Conference Call for Papers

NWAC 1st call for papers
The 2015 Northwest Anthropology Conference will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from March 25th-28th. I am sending this email in hopes of garnering interest in organizing a maritime archaeology and history session at NWAC (our 5th!). I’m happy to accept submissions from a wide range of subjects related to submerged and non-submerged resources, including maritime heritage, preservation, and history, as well as nautical archaeology. In particular, I’m looking to include topics relating to underwater and nautical archaeology in Canada, maritime projects being conducted by volunteer and non-profit organizations, and general maritime research topics. Interested parties may send their abstracts to me for inclusion into the session at this address.

The conference will be held at the Valley River Inn in Eugene, Oregon. Please feel free to email me  if you have questions or comments, or you can call me at the phone number(s) listed below. Further, if you know of someone that may be interested in presenting at this symposium, please feel free to forward me their information and I will be happy to send an invitation!

Thank you for your time,

Jacqueline L. Marcotte, MA, RPA
Maritime Archaeologist
ESA | Northwest Cultural Resources Group
5309 Shilshole Ave NW, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98107
206.789.9658 | 206.789.9684 fax
360.513.6969 cell
jmarcotte@esassoc.com | http://www.esassoc.com

Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trails Conference

fisheriesScheduled for September 8 – 9 in South Haven, Michigan, this conference will explore and celebrate our Great Lakes fisheries heritage as a means to promote coastal tourism development. opportunities.

Discover how our valuable Great Lakes fisheries (past, present, and future) can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts. Learn more about Michigan’s Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium projects and partnerships, including current opportunities toward designating a statewide fisheries heritage tourism trail.

Sponsored by the Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Consortium, Michigan Sea GrantMichigan State University ExtensionMichigan State University and the Michigan Maritime Museum.

Photos of CAMM 2014 Meeting

2014 CAMM meeting attendees in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio

2014 CAMM meeting attendees in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio

A great time was had by all who attended the recent CAMM meeting at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. See the complete slide show on CAMM’s annual meeting page.

The National Museum of the Great Lakes opened on April 25, 2014

The National Museum of the Great Lakes opened on April 25, 2014

Canal Experience field trip in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Canal Experience field trip in Grand Rapids, Ohio

Pete Lesher demonstrates the interactive boiler exhibit.

Pete Lesher demonstrates the interactive boiler exhibit.

Ship Manager Paul LaMarre gives tour of the museum vessel SS COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER

Ship Manager Paul LaMarre gives tour of the SS COL. JAMES M. SCHOONMAKER

National Museum of the Great Lakes Ready to Open

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photo by Candace Clifford

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photos by Candace Clifford

P1100197 lorescollectibles loresThe new National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, combines the Great Lakes Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts with various interactive exhibits for different age levels. Kids can stoke a steamship boiler with artificial coal while adults can track commercial shipping on a computer monitor. Hundreds of artifacts, ranging from a second-order fresnel lighthouse lens to tourist collectibles from passenger vessels, are distributed throughout. The amount of material is a little overwhelming but the interpretive panels are designed so that a person can take in only the major points or pause to read more detailed information.

Lifesaving exhibit

KELLEYS ISLAND, the oldest lifeboat used by the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes

Although located on the Maumee River near Lake Erie, the museum interprets all the Great Lakes with four exhibit themes: Exploration & Settlement, Expansion & Industry, Safeguard & Support, Shipwrecks & Safety. As you enter, a short film gives an introductory overview with dramatic lights and sound effects.

Outside, the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker will impress you with its enormous size. It was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes when built in 1911 by Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse, Michigan. Its capacity of 15,000 tons was a dramatic increase over other existing freighters’ capacity of 3,000 to 12,000 tons.

front loresSchoonmaker carried coal, iron ore, and other cargo from Duluth to Cleveland and other ports for the Shenango Furnace Company. Sold to Interlake Steamship Company in 1969, she was renamed Willis B. Boyer in honor of a former chairman of the board. Sold in 1971 to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, Boyer was retired in 1980 after 69 years of service.

Opened to the public in July 1987, Boyer became a visitor attraction on the Toledo waterfront. Recently restored and then rechristened Col. James M. Schoonmaker on July 1, 2011, one hundred years after her original christening, the freighter has been repainted in her original colors of the Shenango Furnace Company.Schoon detail lores

The official opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be April 26, 2014. Two days later, representatives from maritime museums as far away as Astoria, Oregon; Santa Barbara, California; and Houston, Texas; will be on hand to celebrate and support the new facility as part of the annual conference of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). Maritime museums included on the program include Michigan Maritime Museum; Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota; Mystic Seaport, Connecticut; Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.;  Maine Maritime Museum; The Mariners’ Museum, Virginia; and Chesapeake Maritime Museum, Maryland.

Schoonmaker

Sail Training International Announces 2014 Conference

The venue and dates for the International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference 2014 are now confirmed.

The conference will be held in the Spanish city of A Coruña, on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 November.

The city of A Coruña is well known to the sail training community, both as a strategic safe haven on the north west corner of Spain and as a regular host port for The Tall Ships Races. The city has been a host port on eight previous occasions and will once again welcome The Tall Ships fleet in the summer of 2016.

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