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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Registration Open for AASLH Virtual Summit Doing History in Polarized Times

Doing History in Polarized Times – Virtual Summit

February 8 – 9, 2024

$60 AASLH Members / $75 Nonmembers

Political and cultural divisions in America today pose great challenges to the history field. While research shows that there is actually broad public support for a full and honest portrayal of American history, there are also basic disagreements that persist. How can our field navigate disputes about the past, build on areas of consensus, and make the most of the transformative potential of the coming U.S. 250th anniversary?


This virtual summit, held over the course of two half-days, will explore recent research, emerging strategies, and case studies to help history practitioners work more effectively in today’s fractious discourse. We will also consider the needs of history doers working in this difficult environment and our field’s role in identifying common ground and connecting past and present.

AASLH FREE Webinar Introduction to the History Leadership Institute

FREE Webinar

Introduction to the History Leadership Institute

Monday, December 11

3 p.m. Eastern

Each year, a small class of people come together to participate in the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) History Leadership Institute Seminar. The Seminar is a combination of a leadership development program and a think-tank of changemakers.

Led by Andrea Jones, the Seminar is a hybrid online and in-person experience. Participants will connect with thought leaders in the public history, museum, and related fields for intensive discussions about challenges facing history organizations and the people who work in them. As the group explores solutions to these challenges, everyone will discover their values as a leader and how to lead from those values.

The 2024 class will gather on June 3 – 14 in Indianapolis and meet virtually from May to September. Applications are due December 31.

Join our free informational webinar on Monday, December 11 to learn more about this unique experience, how to apply, and about available scholarships. While free, registration is required.

Antique Boat Museum Builder in Residence Position

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) is excited to announce the next cycle of its Builder in Residence (BIR) Program. The program invites one craftsperson per year to work within the Museum Boatyard and attracts both emerging and established artisans looking for an opportunity to engage in a period of intense productivity. In addition to developing a body of work during their residency, the invited craftsperson will contribute to the community of ABM. The BIR program is designed to enhance the educational experience of the builder, visitors, and staff alike.

The Antique Boat Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and celebrate boats and related artifacts to advance public understanding of the importance of boating to the cultural history of North America and the St. Lawrence River in particular.

Benefits of the residency include a generous stipend and housing. Access to the E.J. Noble Historic Stone Building, located at the heart of the waterfront campus is 24/7 (with exception of wedding rentals), includes traditional woodworking tools and dedicated bench space.

Selection criteria will include quality of current portfolio, potential for artistic and professional growth, technical skill, ABM mission alignment, and the ability to communicate with public in a museum environment.


  • $5000.00 stipend to cover living
  • $5000.00 budget for materials
  • 24/7 Shop Access
  • Local housing
  • Dedicated bench and studio space
  • Shop support from the Museum Boatwright
  • Use of museum livery boats
  • Access to the museum’s artifact collection for reference and inspiration
  • A beautiful waterfront campus, in a peaceful rural setting


  • Commit as a full-time resident for awarded period (10-12 Weeks, aligned with the summer busy season)
  • Be present in the studio 30-40 hours per week during open hours
  • Be present in shop for any special events during residency
  • Produce a significant body of work
  • The body of work will become the property of Antique Boat Museum
  • Exhibit body of work on campus or an off-campus venue at the end of residency
  • Be available to guests of the museum for questions while working in shop
  • Give a public, end of residency lecture on process and outcomes and write a piece for the museum’s Gazette Annual publication

Application Requirements:

  • Complete contact information
  • Include a builder statement
  • Include details of trade, watercraft, theme, or technique that will be explored during residency
  • Body of work anticipated at the end of the residency
  • Include a description of how your work aligns with ABM’s mission
  • 10 Examples of your work: We only accept digital submissions
  • Name and contact information of two references who we may contact during the selection process
  • Email completed package to by close of business of deadline


  • Applications will begin to be accepted February 1, 2024
  • Deadline to apply is March 31, 2024


  • Applications will be reviewed by a rotating panel of ABM staff, board and qualified guests to ensure quality and variety in awarded residencies
  • All applicants will be notified of acceptance status by April 19, 2024
  • To learn more about the Antique Boat Museum, visit

AASLH Session Proposals Due December 20

2024 AASLH Annual Conference

Doing History

September 11 – 14, 2024

Mobile, Alabama

There’s a little under two weeks left to submit your session proposal for the 2024 AASLH Annual Conference. Proposals are due on Wednesday, December 20.

This year’s theme is “Doing History,” which inspires attendees to acknowledge a holistic view of the past, making space for diverse interpretations, and striving toward a future where everyone feels like they belong to something larger than themselves.

This conference takes its theme directly from AASLH’s Making History at 250: The Field Guide for the Semiquincentennial, which encourages pulling back the curtain on “Doing History” as we move towards our nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

To achieve a focused collective experience for the conference, we have adopted the following objectives to guide the issues we want to explore:

Conference participants will:

  • Learn how to invite public audiences to participate in the process of “Doing History” to help them understand what we do and why it is important.
  • Discover ways our work can help guide our society to become the people and communities we want to be.
  • Be inspired to have confidence that we’ll succeed individually and collectively.
  • Actively seek greater harmony to help us navigate politics and social imbalance effectively and reach a bigger audience on history’s relevance.

    We look forward to receiving your session proposals by Wednesday, December 20!

IMLS Champions Diversity in the Museum Field Through the American Latino Museum Internship and Fellowship Initiative (ALMIFI)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for its American Latino Museum Internship and Fellowship Initiative (ALMIFI). This initiative is designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of American Latino museums, provide paid internship and fellowship opportunities for a diverse range of students, and build connections between colleges, universities, and museums.


“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is proud to announce the second cycle of our ALMIFI program,” said IMLS Deputy Director Laura Huerta Migus. “ALMIFI will continue to provide resources to museums and institutions of higher education that wish to develop the next generation of museum talent.”


American Latino museums, nonprofit agencies that operate museums, museum service organizations/associations, and Institutions of Higher Education, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), are encouraged to apply to ALMIFI. Projects should involve partnership between Institutions of Higher Education and museums as sites for paid internship and/or fellowship opportunities.


To facilitate ALMIFI applications, IMLS provides several virtual resources:



  • Online Counseling Sessions allow potential applicants to have phone calls with ALMIFI program officers and discuss their project proposals.


The American Latino Museum Internship and Fellowship Initiative is an FY 2024 funding opportunity under the National Museum of the American Latino, Educational and Liaison Programs (20 U.S.C. § 80u(f)) legislation.

National Maritime Historical Society Executive Director Search

The National Maritime Historical Society, a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization, is dedicated to preserving and promoting our maritime heritage through educational programs, events, and our flagship quarterly magazine Sea History. Now in our 60th year, NMHS is seeking a new Executive Director to carry on this mission and expand our programs and initiatives to reach more people, young and old. Could you please share this email and the attached announcement about the position to whomever you know might be interested, or apply yourself.

The new Executive Director would be taking the helm after the retirement of Burchenal Green, NMHS President Emeritus, who has led the organization for more than 25 years. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to steer NMHS on a course forward that builds on what the Society has achieved over the last six decades and has a vision for the role a national organization in this field could play.

As the attached job description states, resumes should be submitted to

Click to access NMHS-Exec-Dir-Search.pdf

Message Regarding N.S. Savannah Notice of Availability / Request for Information

As you know, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) executed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) earlier this year, in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), to guide the decommissioning and disposition of the National Historic Landmark (NHL) N.S. Savannah. As stipulated in the PA, MARAD recently published a Notice of Availability / Request for Information (NOA/RFI) in the Federal Register to assist in the identification of parties that may be interested in conveyance of the ship for preservation purposes. As part of the NOA/RFI process, MARAD will host site visits on December 16 & 17th.  The notice can be found here:
Federal Register :: National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah Available; Request for Information


Technical information associated with this notice, as well as other information about the ship, is available on MARAD’s website:
N.S. Savannah Decommissioning and Disposition | MARAD (


In order to reach as broad a population of interested persons as possible, MARAD is reaching out to individuals and organizations in the maritime and nuclear industries and requesting that they publicize the NOA/RFI, and the opportunity to attend the upcoming site visits. We respectfully request that the Council of American Maritime Museums notify its members of this opportunity.


Please feel free to contact me or Erhard directly by email or phone if you have any questions, or if you need any additional information.


Thanks in advance for your support.





Anne Jennings

Cultural Resources Specialist


NS Savannah: Notice of Availability / Request for Information (NOA/RFI) has been published in the Federal Register

The DOT’s Maritime Administration has just issued a notice of availability in the Federal Register for the Nuclear Ship Savannah, currently in Baltimore. The terms of transferal are flexible and negotiable; any maritime preservation facility with adequate wharfage to accommodate Savannah should seriously consider this unique opportunity.

Federal Register Link:

The notice includes two meetings for interested parties. The first will take place on Saturday, November 18th (virtual and in-person on the ship) and will allow interested parties the opportunity to ask questions about the ship. A notice about that meeting will be published at the end of the week. A site visit will also be held Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17. We’ll provide you with links to those meetings as well when they are posted.

CAMM Member Paul Johnston of the Smithsonian sits on the Decommissioning Committee for this vessel and is happy to answer any questions or direct follow-up to the appropriate party.