2017 Conference Presentations

2017 Annual Conference in San Francisco: Presentations

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Focusing the Maritime Lens at San Francisco Maritime NHP Panel

Lincoln Paine – Trustee Maine Maritime Museum
Morgan Smith – Chief of Interpretation, SFMNHP
Gina Bardi – Reference Librarian, SFMNP
Kirsten Kvam, Curator Registrar, SFMNPA

Encounter & Endeavour: An Australasian view of commemorating Cook’s Endeavour Voyage in 2019-2020Richard G Ferguson – Project Manager Cook 250th Anniversary Program, Australian National Maritime Museum

 An Unforgettable Journey – Discovering Hidden Values Found in the Production of a Documentary Film. Samuel Heed – Senior Historian & Director of Education, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

New Initiatives at Historic Naval Ships Association. William B. Cogar – Executive Director, Historic Naval Ships Association

The Once and Future OceanPeter Neill – Director, World Ocean Observatory

1812 Gunboat Schooner Porcupine, the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay. Richard Eisenberg – Co-Founder and Executive Director, Bayfront Maritime Center

Edna E Lockwood: A Restoration Plan and Practice. Michael A. Gorman – Boatyard Manager, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Todd Croteau –  Heritage Documentation Programs, U.S. National Park Service

Drawing Out the Past: Recent Innovations in Documenting Historic Small Craft. John C. Muir, Curator of Small Craft, SFMNHP

Cold War Collecting and the Indigenous Past: Building the History of a West Greenland Kayak. Roger Marsters – Curator of Marine History, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

When Cannibalism is Your Story: Humanizing Maritime Disaster Narratives in the Museum. Michael R. Harrison – Chief Curator, Nantucket Historical Association

Creativity & Compromise: Mass Digitization for Maritime Collections. Evelyn Ansel – Project Archivist/Digitization Specialist, MIT Museum, Hart Nautical Collection, and Herreshoff Marine Museum.  Presentation Notes

.Digitizing the National Fisherman Collection (Additional Slides NFC) Ben Fuller – Curator, Penobscot Marine Museum

Where’s My Bell? Case Studies of the Issues with Long Term Loans. Jeff Bowdoin – Deputy Head, Curator Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command

Defining a Scope of Collections for a National Naval Museum. Beth Sanders – Registrar, National Museum of the U.S. Navy


Partners in Storytelling. Ray Ashley – President/CEO, Maritime Museum of San Diego. Andrea Compton – Superintendent, Cabrillo National Monument

Partnership for Preservation of Alcatraz Lighthouse. Ralph Eshelman & Candace Clifford- United States Lighthouse Society. John Cantwell & Jason Hagin – National Park Service, Alcatraz.

Digitizing the Museum: The Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives at Fort Schuyler. John Rocco – Professor of Humanities, MNST Grad Coordinator, SUNY Maritime College, Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler

Walking on Water? Maritime Museums and Walking Tours. William Roka – Historian, South Street Seaport Museum

Relevance through Facilitated Dialogue – Tour introduction presentation. Morgan Smith – Chief of Interpretation, SFMNHP


Building a Culture of Philanthropy Panel:

Greg Gorga – moderator
Stephen C. White – Mystic Seaport Museum
Andrew Wooden, Head of School, Marymount School, Santa Barbara
Tom Parker, Chairman, Hutton Parker Foundation
Grant Cambridge, trustee and Advancement Committee Chair, Mystic Seaport Museum

Offloading: Lightening the Collection Load Panel:

Ben Fuller – Curator, Penobscot Marine Museum
Dana Hewson – Vice President for Watercraft Preservation and Programs & Clark Senior Curator for Watercraft, Mystic Seaport Museum
Paul F. Johnston, Curator of Maritime History, National Museum of American History
Pete Lesher, Chief Curator, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Wisconsin’s Underwater Treasures: Anatomy of an Exhibition. Rolf E Johnson, CEO, Wisconsin Maritime Museum

South Street Seaport Museum Today. Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director, South Street Seaport Museum

Becoming a Community Anchor. Alice Estrada – Executive Director Annapolis Maritime Museum

Falls of Clyde: An Update. Matthew James – Board Member, Falls of Clyde

Creative Re-use of America’s Light StationsWayne Wheeler – President, U.S. Lighthouse Society

Building the Nest: Responsible Historic Vessel AcquisitionNathaniel Howe – Executive Director, Northwest Seaport

When Your Museum Floats: Collections Management Issues in Maritime Museums. Martina Caruso – Collections Manager, South Street Seaport Museum

The David Rumsey Map Center as a Resource for International Maritime Research. Salim Mohammed – Collections Curator, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University Library. Samuel Shogren – Archaeologist & Consultant