Category Archives: Professional Meetings

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.


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.

More information

New National Museum on the Great Lakes to host 2014 CAMM meeting April 27 – 30

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Courtesy National Museum of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Historical Society and Inland Seas Museum is moving to a new facility in Toledo, Ohio. CAMM will be there to help celebrate their grand opening in April. More details will be posted on CAMM’s annual meeting page as they become available.

Meanwhile please email session proposals to program chair Marifrances Trivelli,  <trivelli at>. We welcome topics on a wide range of issues of current importance to maritime museums, including but not limited to ship & small craft preservation, special collections, lighthouses/lifesaving stations, underwater archaeology, traveling exhibits, and social media. The proposal should include a brief synopsis of your presentation as well as contact information including email.

Teaching With Small Boats Conference, Mystic, Seaport, October 15-18

Don’t miss it!

If you use boats to teach, it’s a tremendous opportunity to meet and learn from your peers.

This will also be the only TWSBA Conference of the East Coast for several years. So, if you’re nearby, this is the one to attend.

You need to Register Now!

If you’re coming, you need to register. Just fill out the form on our website and send it in, or FAX it, to Mystic Seaport.

If you’re still “on the fence” and need reasons to come, here are two:

Reason #1

The Conference dinner, on Tuesday the 15th, will honor the achievements of Dick and Colleen Wagner from the Center for Wooden Boats. Dick and Colleen created the Center For Wooden Boats. It’s safe to say that most of us have been strongly influenced and inspired by their work. Their trips to the East Coast have been getting rarer. So, don’t miss this chance to celebrate their achievements and say, “Thank You.”

Reason #2

There are going to be great presentations, panel discussions, hands on experiences and practical workshops. Just take a look at this list!

TWSBA 2013 Planned Presentations, Workshops and Experiences-

Presentations and Panel Discussions:


Building To Teach – One Year Out

“Marinizing” the Common Core Standards-

Whaleboats for the Charles W. Morgan:

Serving AdultsWorking with In-School & Out-of School Youth; A Panel Discussion

The Role of the Social Workers and Counselors in TWSBA Organizations

Related Teaching Organizations; A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion on Fundraising Strategies that Work;Panel Discussion on Incorporating Indigenous Content

Model Boats as Teaching Tools

Training Professional Boat Builders


Taking Care of Basics

Planning Your New Program

Connecting To The Common Core Standards

Hands on Experiences:

Building and Using SeaPerch ROVs

How to Teach Steam Bending

Integrating Tools & Technology into Programs

Foil Boats for Teaching Math, Science and Engineering

Building and Using Indigenous Craft/ First Americans

Sailing Model Boats

Computer Programs as Small Boat Teaching Tools-


Tour Of Dupont Shipyard

Tour of Mystic Seaport’s Mill Storage

On the Water

St Ayles Skiffs

Hull Pilot Gigs and Whaleboats

Various Boating Activities



Best regards on behalf of the Steering Committee,

Joe Youcha