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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

CAMM Welcomes New Administrator

CAMM President Greg Gorga is delighted to announce that Cathy Green has been selected to be CAMM’s new administrator.

cathygreenphotoCathy has spent the last 16 years working as a marine archaeologist, educator and program manager in state and federal government. Her most recent work centers on grant writing and grants administration with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Great Lakes Region as Program Manger for the Great Lakes Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

Her work in the maritime world over the past 20 years has intersected with maritime museums from the beginning – with one of her first post-college jobs at the Bermuda Maritime Museum to her East Carolina University MA thesis research at The Mariners’ Museum. She has taught maritime history and literature aboard several historic vessels for Long Island University’s SEAmester Program, visiting maritime institutions along the East and West Coasts, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Moreover, during her 13 years with NOAA, she has had the opportunity to work with CAMM members and organizations many times, as well as having attended several joint CAMM Conferences though her involvement in the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH).

She and her family recently moved to Wisconsin where she is looking forward to staying engaged with the maritime and museum communities through this new administration position with CAMM.

Candace Clifford has served as CAMM’s administrator since April 2013. She recently became the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s historian. Since the Society is a CAMM affiliate, she hopes to remain connected with CAMM in her new position. Candace has certainly enjoyed working with CAMM’s membership and hopes to see everyone at the 2017 meeting in San Francisco.

Cathy can be reached at the same CAMM Administrator email:

Submitted by Cathy Green and Candace Clifford, November 11, 2016

Funding Opportunity for Boat Restoration Education

The RPM Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that skills necessary to preserve and restore collectible vehicles are not lost.

To that end, the foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in support of programs that provide hands-on education and the teaching of the specialized skills and knowledge needed to maintain vintage cars, trucks, and boats. Grant amounts are determined on a project-by-project basis.

To be eligible, applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Priority will be given to organizations serving high school and college students.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the RPM Foundation website.

Submitted by Marifrances Trivelli, CAMM Vice President
November 11, 2016

NextGen2017 Museum Management Training

NextGen 2017 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:

Submitted by Michael VanHartingsveldt, Getty Leadership Institute, October 13, 2017

Call for Papers Deadline is December 2nd

Audience, Day 1

2016 CAMM Conference

The Call for Papers deadline for the 2017 CAMM conference is December 2, 2017. Please consider submitting a proposal on a topic of interest to your colleagues. Both individual and panel sessions will be considered. The Program Committee will make their decisions by December 16, 2016.

Please download and fill out the online-call, save, and email it to <>.

More information about the conference, including Rennie Travel Grants, is available on our website.

The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries 2016 History Conference


Photo courtesy of Maine Sardine Council Collection

The Penobscot Marine Museum November Newsletter included this announcement:

A World War II propaganda poster in our collection states, “Fish is a Fighting Food!”  Today, we are in a fight to save our fisheries, some from perspective of government over-regulation and others from a view that we have overfished the resource.  Most can agree that the technological revolution between World War II and today has allowed fishermen to go farther faster and find and retrieve fish with greater mechanical and technological ease.  As everyone fights for the fishery, the question is “where do we go from here?”

Join us next Saturday, November 5 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, as our line-up of speakers look at the evolution of fisheries policy, consumption, and sustainability efforts from an ocean activist’s and a fisherman’s perspective, and how one periodical, the National Fisherman, documented that evolution.

Learn more at <>

New Executive Director at Hudson River Maritime Museum

Lisa Cline Assumes Position of Executive Director as Russell Lange Retires

Kingston, NY — There will be a changing of the guard at the Hudson River Maritime Museum this fall with Russell Lange stepping down from his position of Executive Director.  Over the past several years, Lange has guided the Museum, stabilizing and strengthening the organization through a tremendous period of growth.  Lange will resume his position on the Board.

Board of Trustees President Allan Bowdery comments on this transition, “Russell’s vision of community involvement and his skill for engendering partnerships has helped the Museum in building an active and successful Board of Trustees and professional staff. This board and staff, including a fleet of dedicated volunteers, have joined Russ to establish new exhibit and venue spaces, improved facility and grounds, as well as innovative education programing, including the newly opened Riverport Wooden Boat School.”

Assuming the position of Executive Director is Lisa Cline, who will begin her tenure as Executive Director after serving as the Museum’s Chief Operating Officer for just shy of one year.  Growing up on the Esopus Creek in Saugerties, she learned about boats and Hudson River history from both sides of her family. Her father was an avid sailor and maritime history buff, and her mother was the daughter of a prominent brickyard owner in Newburgh.  Both her parents served on HRMM’s Board in the early years and introduced her to the Museum’s mission.

Moving to New York City and San Francisco and then back to New York, Cline forged a 30-year career in film and theater production, with a special focus on scenery construction. Throughout that period of professional commitment, her interest in the Museum and its mission never waned, and she kept returning to the Museum, both as a volunteer and as Acting Executive Director in the early 1990’s.

Cline assumes the position of Executive Director as Russell and Allynne Lange are both honored at the Pilot Club Gala, the Museum’s annual fundraising event. She adds “I am tremendously excited to accept this position and be given the chance to build upon the excellent foundation that has been laid by my predecessors”.

Allynne Lange will continue serving as the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Curator while Russ Lange will remain active at the Museum with a special focus on collections and exhibits.

Released on on September 29, 2016

Smithsonian Seeks Museum Curator

Please see the links below to access the job announcement for a Museum Curator (Modern Military History), GS-1015-12 in the Office of Curatorial Affairs, Division of Armed Forces History.

This is a full time, permanent Federal position, open to all.

The position opened today and closes on Monday, November 7, 2016.

DEU/Open to all:    

MPA/Status only:  

Submitted by Paul F. Johnston, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, October 6, 2016