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New Bedford Whaling Museum Seeking President & CEO

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum


 The Lagoda, the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s half-scale model of the whaling bark. Lagoda is the largest ship model in existence. (photo NBWM)

The New Bedford Whaling Museum (“Museum”) is the familiar name for the entity that is the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, founded in 1903.  Through its exhibitions, publications and programs, the Museum brings to life an international and multicultural canvas of stories, including:

  • Amazing voyages of early whalers and explorers and the remote places and peoples they encountered;
  • The habits and habitats of whales and marine mammals through the ages;
  • The industrial revolution and growth of New England’s textile mills and other industries;
  • A diversity of peoples seeking religious, racial, and social tolerance whose histories intersect there, and pioneers of all colors; and
  • A proud maritime heritage of shipbuilding, yacht design, and life with the sea.

The Museum is also making new history with its national award-winning high school apprenticeship program, and with unique partnerships that advocate for our oceans and for whales today.

The Museum houses a vast and valuable collection of fine and decorative art and artifacts; 25 galleries; a research library whose archives of logbooks, photographs, records, and rare documents have become internationally renown; the dramatic full skeletons of five whales; and the Lagoda – an 89-foot half scale model of a full-rigged whaling ship.

The President & CEO Opportunity

This is the rare opportunity to take the helm of a vibrant and healthy organization and steer it into the future. The Museum has had nine consecutive years of positive financial results, during which it constructed a new building and doubled its endowment.  There is a wealth of staff and volunteer talent, growing community involvement, partnerships with numerous organizations, a fully vested Board of Trustees and a broad base of donor support.

Ideal Candidates:

We are particularly interested in candidates with the following professional and personal qualities, skills and experience:

  • A strategic, tactical and entrepreneurial leader able to develop and articulate a vision for the Museum’s next chapter;
  • An ambassador and fundraiser who can share the mission and vision with the outside world and help to expand the institution’s role more broadly;
  • A seasoned executive with strong staff, operational and financial management experience; and
  • A sincere passion for the mission of the Museum and a commitment to bringing its mission to the residents of New Bedford and surrounding communities, and far beyond.

Additional information on the Museum and the role can be found here.

To suggest potential candidates, please contact Anne & Erin at

Potential candidates can express interest in the role by clicking here.

Museum Leadership Education Opportunities from the Getty Leadership Institute Now Accepting Applications

NEXTGEN 2018Print

Online: March 5-10, 2018
Residency: March 26-March 31, 2018


NextGen 2018 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field.

For more information, and to apply, visit:


GLI 2018

Online: May 14-26, 2018
Residency in Claremont, California: June 8-23, 2018


The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is entering its 39th year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

For more information, and to apply, visit:

Call for Papers: CAMM Annual Conference 2018 – hosted by the National Museum of Bermuda.

CAMM is seeking paper and panel proposals for the 2018 CAMM Annual Conference.  This year, the conference venue is the National Museum of Bermuda.  Conference dates are April 4-6, 2018.


View of Commissioner’s House, National Museum of Bermuda – our 2018 Conference host. (Photo NMB)

You can download the proposal form here.

Alternately, you can go to the CAMM Conference webpage here.

Directions for Proposal Submittal:
Please save the form and email to Marifrances Trivelli, CAMM Program Chair, at,  or print and fax the form to her attention at (310) 832-6537. Deadline for submission is December 2, 2017. You will receive a response from the program committee no later than December 15, 2017.

Conference registration information and travel logistics will be posted shortly (October).


Bermuda’s rich maritime history serves as the backdrop for this year’s conference. (Photo NMB)

CAMM Member Organizations and Disaster Preparedness

Disaster preparedness is a topic of interest to all museums. Recent severe storms and natural disasters have demonstrated the particular vulnerability of maritime museums located on or near the water.  Numerous CAMM member organizations have sites and resources that have experienced flooding, inundation, or environmental threats to buildings, ships, and docks in recent years.

As an organization, CAMM is hoping to further the conversation on how best to plan and prepare with a conference session at the 2018 CAMM Annual Conference in Bermuda this April. Our hosts at the Bermuda Maritime Museum are certainly well versed in dealing with hurricanes, and we welcome other member perspectives and experiences on this important topic.

This Maritime Museum Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual that CAMM put together in the mid 1990’s holds much useful and relevant information.

More immediately, here is how you can help our member organizations impacted by hurricane Harvey directly:

The Houston Maritime Museum reported no major damage from hurricane Harvey to their existing facility and collections.  Recently, the museum has begun a capital campaign to build on a new site – yet to be assessed.  Museum Director Lisa Bowlin’s letter outlines their plans for the future.  Explore ways you can help the museum here.

Galveston Historical Foundation reopened its numerous attractions on Friday, September 1 with free admission to most sites, including the Texas Seaport Museum and the Tallship Elissa, through the Labor Day weekend. All foundation sites weathered the storm relatively well and underwent cleanup efforts in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Of note, the 1877 Tall Ship Elissa was not damaged. Click Here to read the GHF statement in the wake of hurricane Harvey, or Here to donate.




The Bayfront Maritime Center and Big Ideas Learning Announce their new Partnership

Richard Eisenberg from the Bayfront Maritime Center (Erie, Pennsylvania) and Matthew Totzke from Big Ideas Learning are pleased to announce the creation of a partnership to help complete the 1812 Schooner Porcupine and create STEM related curriculum for use aboard the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay.

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Matt Totzke, Big Ideas Learning CEO and Rich Eisenburg, BMC Director standing on Porcupine’s bow announcing their partnership. Photo: Bayfront Maritime Center

Big Ideas Learning, an Erie company which creates research-based, rigorous, and coherent mathematics curriculum for middle and high school students, has agreed to multi-year funding to help with the vessel’s construction and to create programming for the Schooner Porcupine. Big Ideas Learning has presented BMC with a $25,000 check and is committed to gifting an additional $25,000 in 2018.  Support will continue for an additional five years after next year, providing funding and maritime themed math curriculum for onboard programming.

Based on a War of 1812 Navy Gunboat built in Erie by Daniel Dobbins, Porcupine is currently being built from a donated fiberglass hull and will more than quadruple the capacity of any current BMC vessel. Day sail education programs will host 30 students and teachers, or passengers. Up to 12 students will sail aboard for overnight and multi-day programs. Onboard participants will study the bay’s ecology and water quality, navigation, meteorology, Shipwreck Science, and explore decades of Erie’s maritime history. After sailing with Perry’s fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie and several other War of 1812 campaigns, the Schooner Porcupine sailed for 60 years!

This new partnership between BMC and Big Ideas Learning will meld middle and high school mathematics with experiential hands-on learning aboard the Schooner Porcupine. This unique approach will broaden the student’s comprehension of the real-life practical applications of mathematics and science which will help engage students and empower them to aspire to be more: to achieve success in the classroom, get jobs that sustain themselves and their families, and pursue higher education and to become life-long learners.

“I am very pleased to announce this partnership,” said BMC Director, Richard Eisenberg. “Education today is rapidly changing and requires new and innovative thinking.”  “We share a similar vision with BMC,” said Matthew Totzke, CEO of Big Ideas Learning. “Together we can meet the challenge of providing opportunities for students to connect classroom learning to their daily lives and to explore the real world in engaging and meaningful ways.”

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L to R: Rich Eisenberg – BCM Director, Dennis Williams – BMC Board Secretary, Ken Phillips – Porcupine Volunteer Extraordinaire, Matt Totzke – Big Ideas Learning CEO, Susan Dombrowski – Big Ideas Learning​ ​VP Finance, Doug Boucher – BMC Board President.  Photo: Bayfront Maritime Center

About BMC: The Bayfront Maritime Center (BMC) began operations in May 1998.  It is a not-for-profit, community based 501(c)(3) organization providing hands-on, maritime themed, educational, vocational, and recreational opportunities to the community. It has served 19,000 citizens over the past 19 years. BMC’s innovative programming helped the PA Department of Education-Migrant Division win the prestigious 2011 Excellence in Summer Learning Award and received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Excellence in Environmental Educational award in 2002.


About Big Ideas Learning: Big Ideas Learning has been creating award-winning instructional materials and classroom tools that support world-class mathematics education since 2008.

For more information, contact:
Richard Eisenberg, BMC Executive Director
Email:  (814) 456-4077 (cell) 814-602-0550


Matthew Totzke, CEO, Big Ideas Learning and Larson Texts
Email:  (814) 824-6365  

Link to Erie Times News Story covering New Partnership:

Los Angeles Maritime Museum Minute Highlights Aspects of the Port’s History in Online “Maritime Minute” Videos

CAMM Members are finding innovative ways to reach audiences outside the walls of their museum (or inspire potential visitors to come visit!). An online series launched earlier this year from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the Port of Los Angeles called “Maritime Minute” – highlights a different aspect of Port of Los Angeles history in each episode.

There are currently seven episodes available on You Tube.

How are you sharing your collections with the online community? If you would like to share a video series, online course, or digital exhibit on your website, please send an email and short summary (and link) to the CAMM Administrator.

Thank you to LA Maritime Museum Director Marifrances Trivelli for sharing this resource.  To learn more about the LA Maritime Museum and the Port of Los Angeles, please visit their website.

National Museum of the Great Lakes in the Top 10 Attractions in Ohio

National Museum of the Great Lakes  ranked as one of the Top 10 Attractions in Ohio in a currently running online poll.
CAMM Members will be happy to know that maritime museums can stand their own with top attractions in their states (closing in on Cedar Point Amusement Park!).  The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio is currently ranked as one of the top contenders in a USA Today “10 Best” 2017 Readers’ Choice poll for the state of Ohio.  You can support their nomination by voting on their website during the month of August.
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The National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio (photo: NMGL)

Of course, all of our CAMM Member institutions merit a “10 Best” mention, so look for opportunities to promote your organization as a top attraction in reader polls.  Encouraging visitors to post positive reviews on user-driven travel websites is also a good way to promote your organization in a crowd-sourced online format.

Feel free to post your suggestions and stories of online promotional strategies in the comments below.
Thanks to Carrie Snowdon of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in bringing this to our attention.
About the National Museum of the Great Lakes:
The Great Lakes are not only the most important natural resource in the world, they represent thousands of years of history. The lakes have dramatically impacted the social, economic and political history of the North American continent. The National Museum of the Great Lakes tells the incredible story of our Great Lakes through over 300 genuine artifacts, a number of powerful audiovisual displays and 40 hands-on interactive exhibits including the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship. Click here to explore the museum.