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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Channel Islands Maritime Museum Speaker Series on August 18, 2021 will feature “Island Explorations with Chuck Graham”

The Channel Islands Maritime Museum (CIMM) is happy to announce that acclaimed photographer and writer Chuck Graham will be its featured speaker for August.

Chuck Graham has been paddling and photographing the Channel Islands for the past 25 years. A freelance writer and photographer, Mr. Graham will be sharing some of his favorite moments from his years of exploring the beauty and wildlife on and around the islands. Mr. Graham’s work has been published in Backpacker, BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic Books, Canoe & Kayak, Men’s Journal, Outdoor Photographer, Natural History, American Forests and Westways. He pens the column Unpredictable Wilderness in the Coastal View News and in 2020 published his book “Carrizo Plain: Where the Mountains Meet the Grasslands.”

The CIMM Speaker Series will be presented on August 18, 2021. Doors open at 6:30 pm with Mr. Graham’s program beginning at 7:00 pm. Ticket Prices are $7 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and active military, $3.00 for youths aged 6-17 years. Museum members receive free entrance to the event.

USS Constitution Museum Winner of Favorite Historic Site by Boston Parents Paper

he USS Constitution Museum is the winner in the “Historic Sites & Tours” category for Boston Parents’ Family Favorites. It is the fourth year in a row that the Museum has received this award from the readers of Boston Parents Paper.

The USS Constitution Museum is honored to receive this recognition in a field with so many other dynamic sites and tours including Fenway Park, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Plimoth Patuxet Museums, and Old Sturbridge Village.

All winners will be featured in Boston Parents Paper’s August 2021 issue.

Boston Parents’ Family Favorites gives readers in Greater Boston and throughout the Northeast a chance to voice their opinions on their personal family favorites in 100 categories. Voting is conducted in a two-round process: the first round gathers open write-in nominations and the second round asks voters to select their favorite from the top nominees in each category.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” said Anne Grimes Rand, USS Constitution Museum President & CEO. “The USS Constitution Museum educates and entertains families from Boston and beyond, sharing the stories of ‘Old Ironsides’ through hands-on exhibits and engaging experiences.”

The USS Constitution Museum was also recently ranked #5 in USA Today’s 2021 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards in the category of “Best History Museum.” In a highly competitive category of top museums from around the United States, online votes determined the winners from a group of 20 initial nominees. The Museum was the sole nominee and winner in this category from New England.

The USS Constitution Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Annual Charity Boat Auction returns to CBMM

This Labor Day weekend, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will once again host its annual Charity Boat Auction on Saturday, Sept. 4. More than 60 donated boats and watercraft—ranging in size and performance from cruising boats to dinghies—will be in the water and on land to be auctioned off to the highest bidders.  

“This is an absolute auction, meaning all boats will be sold the day of the event, with no minimums or reserves, and CBMM staff and volunteers will be on hand at an onsite title office for ease of transfer and title work.” said CBMM’s Charity Boat Donation Program Director Wes Williams. “These donated boats are sold year-round, and will be sold up until a few days prior to the auction.”  

The event also includes a flea market-style tag sale starting at 9am, where guests can purchase a variety of used boating gear, including ground tackle, electrical equipment, hardware, rope, chain, oars, life jackets, fishing tackle, motors, and more. 

Proceeds from the rain-or-shine event benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, restoration, and exhibition programming.  

In addition to being listed online, auction boats will be available for preview at CBMM on Friday, Sept. 3, from 9am–5pm. Regular admission rates will apply until 3pm, and gates will open for free from 3­–6pm. Guests can also preview the boats on auction grounds beginning at 8am the day of the event, with bidding beginning at 11am. Food and beverages will be available for purchase starting at 10:30am. 

“We work with donors all year-round, many caring for a boat they are no longer using, or having inherited a boat that won’t be used,” said Williams. “And these gifts are deductible to the full extent allowed by law.” 

On Sept. 4, CBMM’s Fogg’s Landing gates open at 8am, with free event entrance for CBMM members and children ages 5 and under. Otherwise, general admission is $5 per person until 11am, with a $5 paddle fee for registered bidders. After 11am, regular two-day admission rates apply. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited during CBMM festivals and special events, including the Charity Boat Auction.  

For the official rules, auction details, and inventory updates, visit cbmm.org/AuctionDetails, or contact boatdonation@cbmm.org or 410-745-4942. 

Classic & Wooden Boat Festival – Aug. 14 & 15 @ Door County Maritime Museum

Summer winds are guiding the beautiful boats back into Sturgeon Bay to celebrate the 30th annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, August 14- 15. You are invited to bring your boat and crew to the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay for a weekend of fun and competition.

Own a classic (25 years or older) boat? A wooden boat or smaller craft? Show off your hand-built vessel or treasured boat, and register today to exhibit your boat, possibly win an award, and take part in the boater activities: Friday cruise and evening social, Saturday’s festival and sunset parade, and presentation of awards on Sunday. To display your boat(s), register online at: DCMM.org; or call the Museum: (920) 743-5958.

South Street Seaport Museum Announces FREE Tours of Lightship Ambrose Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning 8/6

South Street Seaport Museum announces FREE tours of the 1908 lightship Ambrose every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from August 6, 2021 through October 10, 2021. The ship will run four tours each day, departing at 11:30am, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:00pm from Pier 16. To book a free tour and for more information, visit seaportmuseum.org/ambrose
Ambrose is the first vessel to join the Seaport Museum’s fleet and the very first lightship to guard the only shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey—the Ambrose Channel. As part of the Seaport Museum’s general admission, visitors can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark and see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose. The launch of the tours coincides with the anniversary of Ambrose’s August 5, 1968 arrival at the Museum. 
Guided tours last approximately 30 minutes. Advance reservations are recommended. Guests must check in 15 minutes before the tour. Access to Ambrose requires walking up an angled gangway. Stairs lead to the lower decks. Mask wearing is required for visitors aboard Ambrose unless fully vaccinated. Based on current guidance from the World Health Organization, mask wearing is encouraged for all.

Pride of Baltimore II to visit St. Michaels Aug. 7-8

The tall ship Pride of Baltimore II willvisit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. the first weekend in August. The replica schooner will be available for deck tours from 2–5pm on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 7–8, 2021. Tours are free with general admission to CBMM, which is good for two days and free for CBMM members.  

In conjunction with the visit, the Chesapeake Independent Blues, a Maryland War of 1812 volunteer interpretive organization, will also be on CBMM’s campus Aug. 7–8, providing living historical impressions of the citizen-soldiers from Talbot County who served in the Maryland Militia during the War of 1812. Reproductions of the arms and material culture used by the militia will be on display, as will civilian and uniformed interpreters. Historic weapon firing demonstrations will be offered daily on Navy Point, at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on Saturday and at 1 and 3pm on Sunday. 

Both visits are made possible through a partnership between Pride of Baltimore II and the National Park Service. Throughout 2021, Pride is serving as a trail ambassador at Chesapeake Bay ports along the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and providing free interpretive programs and a new traveling exhibit to help both organizations to connect with underserved communities and expand recreational opportunities throughout the Bay.  

In 1988, the Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned as a sailing memorial to its immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which sank in 1986 due to a white squall off Puerto Rico. Both ships were built in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as reproductions of 1812-era topsail schooners, or Baltimore Clippers.

Executive Director Position (p/t) – Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler

We are a niche museum full of interesting seafaring history, models, and artifacts! And we would love to have someone on board who believes in keeping alive and relevant both our Maritime industry history and its future.

The Maritime Industry Museum is located on SUNY Maritime College’s 55-acre scenic waterfront campus on the Throggs Neck peninsula where the East River meets Long Island Sound. The New York City skyline provides a stunning backdrop to the Museum which is safely housed within the massive 10-foot granite pentagonal walls of historic Fort Schuyler.  This unique 2,000+ artifact-filled museum is a family adventure, an educational resource, and a testament to the importance shipping and the seafaring way of life has on our modern global society.

Job Description Overview

The Maritime Industry Museum seeks an Executive Director to provide dynamic leadership and, in partnership with the board and key staff, implement a vision and strategic plan for the organization going forward into the future. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to refine, develop, and implement a dynamic program for the Museum’s revenue generation, fundraising, exhibitions, collections management, educational activities, and community outreach. This outreach will include emphasis on programs and exhibits that will attract visitors from diverse and underrepresented communities within our region.  Since the Museum resides within the confines of the SUNY Maritime College, the Executive Director must work closely with the College administration, faculty, staff, and students to ensure continued mutually beneficial operations, supportive of College and Museum priorities. MIM’s successful applicant will help propel forward the unique legacy this special museum holds in the maritime industry and in the hearts of both young and old who visit.

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Works in conjunction with the Board to develop a sustainable strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, statewide, national, and international awareness and prominence.
  • Directs the Museum’s operations, to include the alignment of revenue opportunities, development, education and public programming, finance, external communications, and staffing.
  • Manages and leads the staff (part-time), volunteers, and consultants.
  • Creates a strong financial backbone – balanced budgets, sufficient cash reserves, growing endowments, financial systems that allow for monitoring of financial status.
  • Responsible for robust fundraising activities that deliver results. Leads and participates in all fundraising and development activities, oversees grant writing and developing relationships with foundations, corporations, and individual donors.
  • Serves as spokesperson and chief advocate for the Museum. Establishes strong partnerships in the community. Enhances the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.
  • Implements an effective communications plan to raise the profile of the Museum. Oversees and directs development of marketing initiatives.
  • Works with College staff to mitigate risk for the Museum collection.  Ensures that the artifacts on display and those in storage are secure and maintained to the highest possible standards. 
  • Advocates on important issues in historic preservation and maritime history on the local, regional, national, and international level.
  • Duty to attend at least four (4) Board meetings per year; as well as special meetings to discuss momentous decisions, where they are reasonably able to do so.

Desired Leadership Attributes

  • Leadership – nurtures a team of staff and volunteers that focuses on the best interests of the organization. Understands the role of the team – and the individuals on the team – and follows the imperatives of the strategic plan.
  • Passion for Mission – demonstrates and communicates passion for the organization’s core purpose – “to explore and interpret the crucial role of the maritime industry and the United States Merchant Marine in the world economy … collaborating with and educating campus members ant the surrounding community through preservation, interpretation, and programming, encompassing diverse perspectives”.
  • Judgment – recognizes the consequences of actions, accurately assesses the environment, applies appropriate discretion, draws upon relevant experience, and assesses and determines risk.
  • Interpersonal Skills – builds appropriate rapport and effective relations both internally and externally. Relates well to people of diverse backgrounds and exhibits genuine warmth and approachable behavior. Listens carefully to understand the needs, intentions, and values of others.
  • Strategic Thinking – cultivates a culture of strategic action, including recommendations on timelines and allocation of resources to move forward in annual planning and budgets.
  • Results-Driven Mindset – improves and sustains organization’s performance, develops and follows through on priorities, delegates appropriately, holds staff accountable, and makes sound decisions.
  • Demonstrated Success in Community Networking – develops strong community relationships to leverage good will, financial support, and program and service development.
  • Financial Management Expertise – ensures that the organization maintains adequate reserves and accumulates sources of capital to invest in the changes needed in the future. Understands and diligently attends to all budget and financial matters and can manage operations within budget constraints, including making hard financial decisions, when required.
  • Human Resources Management Experience – can attract, develop, and retain a diverse staff talent pool needed to meet and exceed organizational goals.
  • Steward of Positive Organizational Culture – maintains and nurtures a culture that recognizes the strengths and talents of each team member, is open to change, encourages new ideas which challenge the status quo by asking “why not?”, and allows others to create organizational agility.
  • Visibility – acts as “face of the museum,” to the College, key external stakeholders, staff, and the local community, assuring that a recognizable, consistent person is leading the organization.
  • Fundraising ability – leads the development of strategic and innovative fundraising approaches to broaden the source and scope of revenues for the organization.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in History, Museum Studies, Non-Profit Administration, or similar degree.
  • 2-3 years of related experience, preferably in museums or nonprofits or 3-5 years of combined education and related experience.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership, vision and strategic direction. Experience developing, with boards of directors, and implementing strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for museums, nonprofits, or similar organizations, as well as a history of involvement in relevant professional organizations.
  • Strong record of success in fundraising and audience development.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking.
  • Competence in managing museum operations. Demonstrated ability to supervise, as well as to work successfully with, museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies.
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget. Strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills.
  • Willingness to work a variable schedule, including weekends and evenings, when needed.

This is a part-time position.  Salary: Up to $25K per year, commensurate with experience. The Maritime Industry Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

For more information on the Maritime Industry Museum, please visit:

http://www.sunymaritime.edu/aboutpublic-programs/maritime-industry-museum

Interested candidates may respond by email to museum@sunymaritime.edu

Penobscot Marine Museum has partnered with Target Circle

Penobscot Marine Museum (PMM) is honored and excited to announce that it has been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to PMM! Now through September 30, 2021, vote for PMM through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle here: www.target.com/circle PMM is asking its supporters to help it make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help PMM receive a portion of the available Target funds as it continues its mission to preserve, interpret and celebrate the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education, and community engagement. Don’t forget, as you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign! PMM also encourages you to share your support for the museum (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

Harbor Illumination at Hull Lifesaving Museum

Event: Harbor Illumination

Date: Saturday, July 31, 2021

Hours: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: Hull Lifesaving Museum

It happens only one night a year…the magical Harbor Illumination. Join us as we once again as we light the harbor with more than one thousand flares celebrating Hull’s maritime heritage. There is so much happening at this year’s Illumination! Traditional flares will light our bayside shores again this year and… if you wish to extend the revelry, LED flares can be used to decorate your own space!5 PM Coast Guard City Commemoration, Hull Cemetery6-8 PM Tours, Music, Food, Family Fun, Hull Lifesaving Museum8:30 PM Harbor Illumination! ~Remember, Honor, Celebrate! Sponsor a Flare~~Backyard LED Flare Packages Available Online~~Volunteers are Needed~ Contact: illumination@hulllifesavingmuseum.org if you would like to help. For many years, the Illumination has been one of our most successful (and fun) annual events. For further details send us an email or call 781-925-5433.

South Street Seaport Museum Announces Monthly Virtual Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along Sunday, August 1, 2021

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2pm ET. Broadcast live from the deck of Wavertree, this month’s sing-along will include whaling songs and show-related artifacts from the Museum collection in honor of American novelist Herman Melville’s birthday. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing
“Shows the power of TikTok – and now New Yorkers can get in on it! The Museum is really open about this idea that some beloved sea chanteys are racist or sexist. I love that they call it out! There’s also a chat where you can talk about this and talk about the context as the song is happening.” – Jennifer Vanasco, WNYC Radio
After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.

South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music – the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues virtually on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 2pm ET. Broadcast live from the deck of Wavertree, this month’s sing-along will include whaling songs and show-related artifacts from the Museum collection in honor of American novelist Herman Melville’s birthday. From our living rooms and kitchens, join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Listen in, lead a song, and belt out the choruses for your neighbors to hear on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link 24 hours prior: seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing
“Shows the power of TikTok – and now New Yorkers can get in on it! The Museum is really open about this idea that some beloved sea chanteys are racist or sexist. I love that they call it out! There’s also a chat where you can talk about this and talk about the context as the song is happening.” – Jennifer Vanasco, WNYC Radio
After years of meeting in person on the historic tall ship Wavertree, the event moved online in April 2020. Now in its second year of virtual incarnation, South Street Seaport Museum’s Virtual Chantey Sing has evolved into the preeminent virtual chantey sing in the world, featuring professionals and amateurs, old salts and new initiates, from across the street, across the country, and across the pond. South Street Seaport Museum actively recruits and supports new and diverse singers for each sing.