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Call for Papers for the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s 8th Annual Classic Yacht Symposium

HMM’s biennial Classic Yacht Symposium is “like Woodstock for Classic Yacht enthusiasts.”

The 8th Annual Classic Yacht Symposium is scheduled for March 22-24, 2019.  Over the course of three days, attendees will visit restoration shops to ogle projects in progress, debate the definition of “classic”, attend sessions with a variety of scholarly papers on a range of subjects presented by their authors, and bond with fellow classic yacht enthusiasts over adult refreshments.

CYS is unique in its special collaborative atmosphere because the event attracts a mix of owners, designers, builders and enthusiasts who gather biannually to celebrate the fine yachts of a bygone era and share their thoughts on the challenges of preserving, restoring, replicating, sailing and racing them.

Three Special Days of Classic Yachts including…

  • Ten Great Papers by Experts/Owners 
  • Shop Visits: Active Projects
  • Evening Panel Discussion
  • Museum Campus Visit & Exhibits
  • Evening Social Events

For 2019, CYS will be jointly produced by the Herreshoff Marine Museum and the Classic Yacht Owners Association.

Please click here to download the 2019 Call for Papers. Deadline May 31, 2018

Prospective authors can find instructions for papers by clicking here.

Photo Herreshoff Marine Museum


Lois McClure’s Summer 2018 GlassBarge Tour: A Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and South Street Seaport Partnership

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s 2018 summer partnership with Corning Museum of Glass and South Street Seaport is a unique four-month GlassBarge Tour combining resources, venues and collections to tell a compelling New York maritime story.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) today announced the summer 2018 tour stops for Lois McClure, the museum’s full scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat constructed in Burlington, Vermont. Lois McClure will accompany the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) GlassBarge this summer as they retrace the historic move of Flint Glass Works from Brooklyn to Corning, NY via canal where the company became Corning Glass Works, today known as Corning Incorporated.


The Lois McClure (photo LCMM)

Aboard Lois McClure, trained historians, educators, and archaeologists will welcome the public to visit with the crew and learn about history of the canal systems and the momentous trip of Corning Glass.  In addition, the public will be able to see free glass-making demonstrationsaboard the GlassBarge at each scheduled stop.

Lois McClure begins the five month tour on May 17 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  She will accompany the GlassBarge to Corning, with stops at ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. The ceremonial arrival in Corning will be marked by a community-wide celebration on September 22. After this celebration Lois McClure will depart and head home to Burlington, VT alone. She will make more stops along the way and will arrive in Burlington, Vermont on October 6 for a community-wide celebration to welcome her return home after a 2 year absence. On the weekend of her arrival, a CMoG mobile hot glass shop, will joinLois McClure in Burlington to provide free public glassmaking demonstrations.

Lois McClure is 88’ long and weighs 74 gross tons. She is gaff-rigged with no auxiliary power. When operating in the canal system she is propelled by LCMM’s 1964 wooden tug C.L. Churchill. When she is on open water, she operates under sail. Lois McClure is the only example of an 1860s class canal boat anywhere in the world and she is an exact replica of the boats that worked the canal system in the time of Corning’s historic move.

“The Erie Canal system changed the lives and livelihoods for tens of thousands of people. Innovations like the sailing canal boats of the 1800s changed the way people and materials moved, and were instrumental in the growth of the northeastern United States and Canada,” said Erick Tichonuk, captain of Lois McClure and co-Executive Director of the Lake ChamplainMaritime Museum. “This year we embark on our largest tour yet with Lois McClure. We’re very excited to accompany the Corning Museum of Glass to retrace the historic journey from Brooklyn to Corning, NY on canal schooners much like Lois McClure. It’s an epic voyage of the arts and humanities, free and open to the public.”

Lois McClure Ports of Call
May 17-28: Brooklyn Bridge Park
June 1-3: Yonkers
June 8-10: Poughkeepsie
June 15-17: Kingston
June 21-24: Albany/Troy/Waterford
June 30-July 1: Little Falls
July 7-8: Sylvan Beach
July 13-15: Baldwinsville
July 20-22: Fairport
July 28-29: Lockport
August 3-5: Buffalo
August 11-12: Medina
August 17-19: Brockport
August 24-26: Pittsford
September 1-3: Seneca Falls
September 14-16: Watkins Glen
September 22: Corning

Visiting and Additional Information
Lois McClure will be open to the public for tours and to engage with and learn from our team of trained historians, archaeologists, and mariners. Tours are first-come, first-served and do not require registration. South Street Seaport Museum representatives will also be on hand to talk about their historic tug W.O. Decker that will be moving Corning’s GlassBarge along the waterways.

GlassBarge will provide daily demonstrations from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. All demos are approximately 30 minutes long, and reservations are strongly encouraged through free timed tickets that will be available at Registration will be live 4-6 weeks prior to each stop. Demos can also be viewed from shore without a reservation.

Lois McClure is possible with generous support from New York State Canal CorporationState of VermontLake Champlain Transportation Co.Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership,Cabot CreameryLake Champlain ChocolatesSwitchback Brewing Co., and the McClure family.

We’d also like to thank our partners Corning Museum of Glass and South Street Seaport.

About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes opened its doors as a non-profit museum in 1986. Beginning in an original historic stone schoolhouse, its waterfront campus has grown to over a dozen buildings serving upwards of 3,500 students and 12,000 visitors and researchers each year through nautical exploration, pedagogy and experiential learning adventures. We inspire students to ‘Learn from the Lake’ and make valuable connections between the discoveries made through underwater research and historical exploration and the future of their communities and the world around them. The museum campus is open from May 26 to October 14 with summer camps, workshops, special programs, and exhibits. Learn more at

 Courtesy of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Call for Papers and Registration for the 28th Meeting of the Artefacts Consortium in Chicago

The Adler Planetarium is proud to host the 28th meeting of the Artefacts Consortium in Chicago USA!  Registration and paper submission are now open. 


October 14-16, 2018
Adler Planetarium
Chicago, USA

 Artefacts Consortium 

The Artefacts Consortium is an international association of historians in museums and academic institutions who share the goal of promoting the use of objects in serious historical studies. Artefacts meetings are opportunities for professionals to explore the use, care, and interpretation of objects and collections.

 Meeting Theme: Relevance of Collections

 The 2018 Artefacts meeting will explore how museums and related institutions have defined and maintained the relevance of their collections. This follows up on themes explored in previous Artefacts meetings and described in the volume Challenging Collections from the Artefacts XVI meeting. As the editors note in the introduction to this volume, museums today “must balance a number of functions, not always mutually compatible: exhibition, preservation, research, and education. …  the nature of museums’ relationships with their public has shifted from one of unquestioned authority to a partner in dialogue” (Boyle and Hagmann 2017). At the same time, humanities scholars have had increased interest in objects, collections, and museums.  For a range of stakeholders, collections provoke questions of status and purpose that are, organizational, social, and intellectual.

 As context and events changed how museums operate, how have scholars at museums and other institutions approached the relevance of collections? In what way have interpretations changed depending on prevalent historiography and motivations of the interpreter? What is the impact of changing techniques available for examining objects? How do institutions prioritize acquisitions and displays for their collections? How has the growing importance of digital access affected the role of collections? More generally, in what ways are history collections relevant to broader society?

 This meeting will allow scholars within and outside the museum community to explore how the relevance of museum collections has changed through history. It will also enable museum professionals to pose challenging questions about the present and future of relevance of collections.

 Call for Papers

 The deadline for submitting papers and session proposals is July 20We particularly welcome paper and session proposals addressing the following topics:  

 – Collections and artifacts in the identity and public image of museums and similar institutions
– Shifts in the scope and focus of collecting while balancing scholarly activities and public engagement
– Shifts in object interpretation and display in response to societal changes and pressures
– The place of scholarly inquiry in shaping the maintenance, development, and use of collections
– Challenges in setting priorities for the use and maintenance of collection
– The role of digital collections in museum practice and audience engagement.


 Please use the links below for more information.
Registration, Paper Submission, and Lodging information
Artefacts Consortium

Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum seeks a Program Director

Lowell's Boat Shop & MuseumLowell’s Boat Shop and Museum, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, seeks a Program Director to support their mission through design, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs. The Program Director is responsible for daily operations of student programs: staff assignments, training, budget, and coordination with other staff; supervising museum educators and volunteers; and research, design, and delivery of LBS programs at the Museum, on the water, and in schools for K-12 students and teachers.   In addition, s/he will formalize and sustain a vocational high school level boat building apprentice program and increase access for underprivileged communities, develop an Education budget, and assist the Executive Director and development staff in identifying grant opportunities.

This is a full-time position which includes occasional evenings and weekend days; requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education or a related field and three year’s experience coordinating and delivering education programs, preferably in a museum or non-profit institution.



Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.

With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.

Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.

For more information, please visit our website:
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

Application deadline: May 15, 2018.


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Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., new Director of the Penobscot Marine Museum (photo PMM)

Penobscot Marine Museum, a history and arts museum with nationally-recognized collections, announced today that the Board of Trustees elected Karen E. Smith, Ph.D., as Executive Director effective April 19, 2018. Smith will join the Museum from the Cedar Falls Historical Society, where she served as Executive Director for six years.

“After a thorough and deliberate national search process, the Board of Trustees is delighted that Karen will lead our cherished Museum as we adapt to changing interests and needs of our visitors, and to rapid advancements in technology that can enhance public access to our nationally-recognized collections,” said Stephen J. Tall, President of the Board of Trustees. “Karen brings many years’ experience successfully growing the Cedar Falls Historical Society, when it had opportunities and challenges similar to ours. I am confident Karen is the right person at the right time to take the helm and lead our crew.”

While at the Cedar Falls Historical Society, Smith led work to define the society’s strategic vision, developed new public programs, built partnerships with other community organizations, created more hands-on opportunities, and refreshed their brand and marketing. As a result, visitorship increased from 6,400 in 2012 to over 14,400 in 2017.

“I am excited about this opportunity to lead the Penobscot Marine Museum and to further its dynamic, interdisciplinary approach,” said Karen Smith. “I am impressed by the many different ways the Museum preserves and interprets the Penobscot Bay region’s rich marine history throughout its campus and beyond—from its maritime painting and photography collections to its historic sea captain’s house and hands-on learning for all ages. I look forward to working with Stephen and the entire Board, the Museum staff and volunteers, and to becoming a part of the community in the coming months.”

Prior to joining the Historical Society, Smith worked at the Iowa Governor’s Residence as a curatorial research assistant, and the Old Capitol Museum and the Obermann Center, also in Iowa. She previously was a college instructor in writing and rhetoric, and was a volunteer manager and coordinator for a large social services agency. Smith obtained her doctorate in American Studies from the University of Iowa in 2011. She has a B.A. in English from Earlham College in Indiana. Smith grew up in Marion, MA and has family in Maine and New England.

“After considering dozens of candidates from across the country, and giving careful thought to the needs of the Museum, we interviewed and vetted seven highly qualified museum professionals,” said Dianne Smith, trustee and chair of the search committee. “We were fortunate to have a very strong pool of candidates, a testament to the appeal of the region and Searsport, and the significant potential of the Museum to be a world-class institution.”

Penobscot Marine Museum is the oldest maritime museum in Maine. With twelve historic buildings, including a ship captain’s home, housed on its Searsport campus, Penobscot Marine brings Maine maritime history to life. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, paintings and textiles, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom vegetable garden. The Museum has over 200,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. This summer’s exhibit will focus on ship models and their uses. A model pond will provide opportunities to sail and race models. Check the website for daily activities and events. The Museum is open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third weekend in October.

PMM’s Visitor Center is located at 2 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. For more information visit or call the Visitors Center 207-548-0334 or Administrative Offices at 207-548-2529.

For more information, contact Sabrina Kettell, External Relations Director,, 207.548.2529 x 216

Amanda D. McMullen to lead New Bedford Whaling Museum New President & CEO

Amanda D. McMullen, New Bedford Whaling Museum New President and CEO.  Photo NBWM.

The Board of Trustees of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM) has announced the appointment of Amanda D. McMullen to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. NBWM conducted an international search to fill the position in partnership with Koya Leadership Partners, a retained executive search firm that specializes in leading searches for mission-driven clients.

McMullen will take the helm of a vibrant and healthy organization on May 7, 2018. As President and CEO, she will develop and articulate a vision for the Museum’s next chapter and will assume responsibility for communicating the Whaling Museum’s mission, vision and values to all constituencies. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, McMullen will develop and promote the strategies needed to build on the organization’s past successes, and will work to ensure the continued position of the Museum as the landmark cultural organization in the region and the preeminent whaling era resource in the country. McMullen brings more than 20 years of experience working with non-profits in senior management and fundraising positions to her new role.

Chair of the New Bedford Whaling Museum Board of Trustees Carol M. Taylor said, “We are delighted to welcome Amanda to the Whaling Museum and New Bedford.  With a strong record of leadership and accomplishments, she is poised to contribute to the current momentum and growth within the region’s arts and culture community. The Board is confident that Ms. McMullen will enhance the Museum’s impact and advance its mission and strategic priorities.”

First Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Executive Search Committee Anthony Sapienza said, “Amanda McMullen is an accomplished leader whom the Whaling Museum is proud to have as its next President and CEO. In addition to having a strong leadership track record, she is innovative, creative and skilled when it comes to building partnerships, and identifying and developing new opportunities.”

“I am excited to join the team at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, and I look forward to working in partnership with the board, staff, and volunteers as we continue to play a critical role in understanding and celebrating the many vibrant stories of the greater New Bedford community,” said McMullen.

McMullen will be leaving her current position as Chief Operating Officer for the non-profit organization Meeting Street in Providence, Rhode Island, which also operates the Schwartz Center in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. As COO she directed programmatic, operational, marketing, and philanthropic activities for Meeting Street, which is a leader in education and child development and serves more than 5,000 children. Previously, McMullen served as Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Director, External Relations for Meeting Street. She directed corporate sponsorship activities for the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibitions and was the Director of Leadership Giving for the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. McMullen also served as the Capital Campaign Coordinator for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

McMullen holds a Bachelor of Art degree from Syracuse University and is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island (Theta II Class). She is a recipient of both the 40 under 40 Award and the 2016 Chief Operating Officer of the Year/C-Suite Award from Providence Business News.

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world’s most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum houses a vast and valuable collection of fine and decorative art and artifacts; 25 galleries; an internationally known research library; the dramatic full skeletons of five whales; the Lagoda – an 89-foot half scale model of a full-rigged whaling ship; and the recently conserved Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World – North America’s longest painting.  A significant expansion was completed in 2016 with the opening of the Wattles Jacobs Education Center that gave the Museum a new library and 5,000 additional square feet of classroom and programming space to meet its growing educational mission.

The Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. Museum hours: January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $16, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit

Calvert Marine Museum Seeking Curator of Maritime History

CMM logoThis position was posted with CAMM earlier this year, the deadline has been extended and new details are available.  Please see below.

Job Title:                    Calvert MM Curator of Maritime History III
Closing Date/Time:     Wed. 4/11/18 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Salary:                         $64,956.00 – $80,608.00 Annually

Job Type:                     Merit Full Time
Location:                     Calvert County, Maryland

Job Summary:
Merit position, Grade 25, 35 hours per week.

Performs museum curatorial work for the County’s Marine Museum. Work involves collection management, historical research, writing, preservation of the museum’s historic structures, supervision of boat yard, and boat operations, and related activities. This position is responsible for meeting all requirements related to maintaining the National Historic Landmark designation of the Wm. B. Tennison (passenger vessel) and J.C. Lore Oyster House and National Historic Register designation of the Drum Point and Cove Point Lighthouses. Work requires an advanced degree and experience in the field. Work is performed under administrative supervision.

Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA:
Conducts research for publications, lectures, maritime exhibits, etc. Compiles necessary reports, articles, proposals, etc. related to maritime history.

Monitors operations of the two passenger vessels, the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary’s, and boat yard. Ensures repairs are completed and monitors maintenance and repair expenses for both vessels. Coordinates inspections with US Coast Guard. Tracks requirements necessary for USDOT Drug Testing Program for the crew.

Supervises boatwright and the Small Craft Guild program. Prepares budgets and coordinates long-range planning.

Oversees maintenance and repairs of historic buildings to meet Maryland Historic Trust standards and Secretary of the Interior standards for the treatment of historic properties.

Directs and assists the museum registrar with collections inventorying, cataloging, storage, and general management.

Prepares purchase orders/check requests; researches vendors; handles receipts/invoices.

Assists Exhibits Department in researching and preparing temporary and permanent maritime history exhibits and signage.

Assists researchers in Paul L. Berry Library and Archive and directs library volunteers.

Prepares and monitors department budget.

Assists with preparation of grants and acts as grant manager for maritime grants.

Provides lectures both internally and in the community. Leads Maritime Tours of the museum.

Approves photo reproduction orders from the public.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of historical research and collection management as applied to the programs of the Marine Museum.
  • Effective techniques of supervision
  • Use of hand tools and basic power tools.

Ability to:

  • Grow, manage, and develop the museum’s maritime collections.
  • Manage staff and volunteers, daily operations, and policy development and implementation.
  • Supervise staff engaged in collection work.
  • Move heavy objects.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the work.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Deal effectively with the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience that provides the above knowledges, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)

Training and/or Education:
Master’s degree in history or related field.

Four years of experience in the museum field which must include maritime history work, considerable experience managing staff, daily operations, customer service, and policy development and implementation.

Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver’s license. A current Medical Examiner’s Certificate in accordance with Federal Regulations must be obtained within six (6) months.

Special Requirements:
Operation of County owned vehicle.

Physical Demands:
Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds; operation of keyboard devices.

Unusual Demands:
May be occasionally be required to work weekends or holidays.
Worker is exposed to hazards of using tools and shop equipment.

FLSA Status:

Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
County application required.

The Museum
The Calvert Marine Museum was founded in 1970 and is located in Solomons, Maryland at the confluence of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. The museum interprets three themes: the paleontology of the Miocene epoch, the estuarine biology of the river and bay, and the maritime heritage of Southern Maryland. Among its exhibits are the Drum Point Lighthouse, the Cove Point Light Station, the sailing skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s, the historic bugeye Wm. B. Tennison, and the J. C. Lore and Sons Oyster House.  The latter two are National Historic Landmarks. It also houses the largest collection of Miocene marine fossils outside of the Smithsonian and has a 15-tank aquarium featuring animals native to these waters. The museum is open year round.

Where to Apply: