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IMPORTANT UPDATES – Maritime Heritage Grant Program – Your help needed !

Below is a message from Dr. Tim Runyan, National Maritime Alliance

Earlier, we announced that $2-3M will be available for the National Maritime Heritage grant program for 2020 from profits of ship scrapping by the Maritime Administration. We can help assure a supplement of $5M to the 2020 National Maritime Heritage grants program—raising the amount available to $7-8M.

I am working with staff of Rep. Brian Higgins (NY D-26, Buffalo-Erie area). Rep. Higgins offered an amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (Defense Bill) that stated:

“the Secretary of Defense may contribute up to $5,000,000 to support the National Maritime Heritage Grants Program established under section 308703 of title 54, United States Code.” The amendment was included in the 2020 NDAA passed by the House (HR 2500).

I am working with Rep. Higgins’ Legislative Director to support this amendment. It will be considered in the conference among the House and Senate as they iron out the differences between their Defense bills. There is no complementary language regarding the $5M in the Senate NDAA (S. 1790). The conference will begin soon–but the conference members to represent the House and Senate have not been announced.

Our task is to contact the members who will make a decision on whether the $5M remains in the final 2020 NDAA. I am also working with Rep. Higgins’ staff to strengthen the language–from “the Secretary of Defense “may contribute” to “shall contribute,” in the amendment.

Since the conference members are not known at this time, it is best we write to the chairs and ranking members of the House Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Armed Services Committee, and cc other members, including our local Representatives/Senators. I have prepared a draft letter below.

Again, for clarification: there will be $2-3M available in the coming 2020 National Maritime Heritage Grant Program generated from ship scrapping. The $5M allocation would be an addition to the $2-3M. The grants program will be administered by NPS, as usual.

Suggested Letter


The Hon. Name of Rep/Senator

House/Senate Office Building

Washington, DC  20515 (House) 20510 (Senate)

Date, 2019

Dear Senator/Representative #####:

I write to ask that you assure the inclusion of Section 1099F (HB 2500) in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. This language authorizes the Secretary of Defense to contribute up to $5M to fund the National Maritime Heritage Grants program. We want to make clear that we anticipate the full amount of $5M will be contributed to the grant program.

The National Maritime Heritage Grants program was created by Congress in 1994 to support the preservation of historic maritime resources and educate the public on the nation’s rich maritime history. This competitive grant program, administered by the National Park Service, requires one-to-one matching support by a successful applicant. State, tribal and local governments, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants. It is the only federal grant program supporting America’s maritime heritage. The program has provided only about $10M in grant support in the past five years.

Section 1099F in the House NDAA helps address the funding shortage. The language of Section 1099F is not included in the Senate NDAA. Your support is critical to insure its inclusion in the final NDAA at the conference of the House and Senate.

We have benefited greatly by a grant(s) through this program (if applicable, and you can cite briefly the outcome of the grant funding). Describe your organization.

The (name of your organization) is part of the maritime heritage community, composed of 1,000 non-profit organizations in more than 40 states. This includes historic naval ships, maritime museums, tall ships for sail training, lighthouses, maritime historical societies, education, and preservation organizations. Hundreds of veterans serve as staff or volunteers.

Please act to ensure Section 1099F, “Support for National Maritime Heritage Grants program,” is included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.


Your name, organization, contact information

Cc or bcc a copy to: Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance at:

You are encouraged to cc staff of the members of Congress.

Timothy J. Runyan, PhD, Chair, National Maritime Alliance

252-902-5455 cell

CAMM 2020 Conference Call for Proposals

CAMM is now accepting proposals for the 2020 conference in Vancouver. The conference will take place from April 27-29, 2020. The theme of this year’s conference is “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity: Maritime Museums as centers for dialogue.” Proposals will be accepted until Friday, December 6, 2019. Details are available on the conference proposal form accessible from the Conference page. We hope to receive your proposal soon!

Steamship Historical Society of America Seeking Director of Development

Basic CMYKDirector of Development
Ship History Center
Warwick, Rhode Island


Situated in the Ocean State with nearby Providence and Newport, Rhode Island, Steamship Historical Society of America is a treasured repository for maritime information. SSHSA’s Ship History Center consists of a library, archives and exhibits featuring tens of thousands resources within its vast collections. It is a connecting link where children, families and researchers can learn about ships, passengers and crew, and their roles within our country’s Immigration, Trade and Leisure experiences.  Since its founding in 1935, SSHSA has served thousands.

Now the organization seeks to use the Ship History Center’s success as a launch pad for building a more robust annual, major gift fundraising program and sustainability campaign. For more information about SSHSA, visit the websites at and

Position Summary

The Director of Development is a full-time position that will be accountable to the Executive Director. The Director of Development will support the goals and objectives of SSHSA through visionary and strategic leadership in the areas of donor management, fund development and marketing. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing plans, creating processes and recruiting the people needed to ensure success in each area. Versatility and a can-do attitude will be necessary for the successful candidate.


  • Develop, implement and evaluate an annual comprehensive fundraising strategy.
  • Solicit individual, foundation and corporate donors.
  • Nurture relationships with donors and potential donors through visits, facility tours and updates on programming to promote deeper engagement in the organization.
  • Assist in Ocean Liner Gala, a signature special event.
  • Foster positive connections through effective community relations, building bridges with strategic business, service, media and partner organizations.
  • Coordinate organizational marketing efforts, including print and social media activities.
  • Occasional travel required.

Professional Qualifications & Personal Characteristics

  • Passion for the mission of Steamship Historical Society of America and commitment to providing the resources necessary to engage and educate children.
  • History of successful fundraising in annual giving, special events, grant writing and major gifts, with particular interest in demonstrating a track record of success leading capital campaigns.
  • Highly motivated and able to work without close supervision, but willing to accept direction and guidance from the Executive Director.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing processes and procedures for a high-functioning development program.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to attract people to the organization, including the ability to network and partner with a broad and diverse representation of the community.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Collaborative team player who values open communication and two-way sharing with colleagues.
  • Understanding of donor database management. Donor Perfect is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.


Salary will be commensurate with experience. Vacation policy and health insurance plan are competitive with sector norms.

Non-Discrimination Policy

SSHSA provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants. Their treatment of all employees and applicants shall be without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age or handicap in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment except as provided by law.

Application Process

To apply for this position, submit cover letter and resume to Matthew Schulte, Executive Director, SSHSA via email to,


Job Posting: Registrar for the Curator Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command


Apply at:

Open & closing dates
 09/11/2019 to 09/18/2019


Pay scale & grade
GS 12

$83,398 to $108,422 per year

Appointment type

Work schedule

Washington Navy Yard, DC

Announcement number



You will serve as the Registrar for the Curator Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), managing the artifact acquisitions, loan program, and collection management databases for the Branch; engaging internal and external stakeholders in procedures for donating and borrowing artifacts; guiding the Registration Section staff through best practices for artifact cataloging, storage, and display; assisting with artifact inventories and rectification of registration issues.

Learn more about this agency


  • You will ensure the accuracy of the Curator Branch data in the collections management database.
  • You will oversee the artifact loan program.
  • You will oversee the artifact acquisition program.
  • You will provide technical and professional assistance to the NHHC enterprise museums.
  • You will provide accurate and timely reference services related to the historic artifact collection.
  • You will guide the Registration Section staff through best practices for artifact cataloging, storage, and display.
  • You will assist with artifact inventories and rectification of registration issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Galveston logo2 SEAWOLF PARK, GALVESTON, TEXAS – Galveston Naval Museum announced its Board of Directors has appointed Ann E. Hobing as Executive Director. She has joined the leadership team of the Museum after the departure of Master Chief Ross Garcia, USN (ret.). Hobing previously held the position of president & CEO of the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas, where she led the Museum into the second phase of a multi-million dollar expansion project, including an exhibits master plan.

Galveston logo“We are delighted Ann has joined our team to help preserve these historic naval vessels and the legacy of those who valiantly served our nation,” said Captain Gary Bell, USN (ret.), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cavalla Historical Foundation, which manages and maintains the Museum. “I know Galveston Naval Museum will be well served with her at the helm”, Bell added.

Hobing is an advocate for historic preservation and lifelong learning, beginning her museum career at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal where she served as senior director of business growth. During her tenure, Ann dynamically engaged the museum’s guest services team to focus on delivering premium guest experiences to impact member loyalty, fundraising growth and earned revenue operations. Then, at the National WASP WWII Museum at Avenger Field, Hobing hosted a transcontinental air race, created the museum’s most successful online fundraising campaign and headed a victorious national crusade to keep Women Airforce Service Pilots in Texas schools.

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Hobing brings experience, energy and enthusiasm to the role. Photo: Galveston Naval Museum

“After careful evaluation of the qualifications for this position, we determined the best candidate is one with extensive museum expertise to serve our vision of innovation and growth,” said Commander Bryan Lethcoe, USN (ret.), president & CEO of the Cavalla Historical Foundation. “Ann has tremendous passion to share the legacy of WWII heroes and shape the future of our Museum. She understands the scope of our operations and the impact we want to have on our community and across Texas. We are confident
that she is the right person at the right time to lead Galveston Naval Museum into the future,” stated Lethcoe.

Located at Seawolf Park on Pelican Island, the mission of Galveston Naval Museum is to preserve historic naval vessels, to remember the enduring legacy of those who served during WWII and to educate generations about naval heritage and innovation. Through a partnership between the Cavalla Historical Foundation and Galveston Park Board, Galveston Naval Museum is home to the submarine USS Cavalla (SS-244) and the destroyer escort USS Stewart (DE-238), the only surviving ship of its class in the world.
Each of these vessels is on the renowned National Register of Historic Places.


“I am delighted the Cavalla Historical Foundation, our partner at Seawolf Park, has chosen Ann Hobing to become the next executive director of the Galveston Naval Museum,” said Kelly de Shaun, executive director of the Galveston Park Board. “Ann shares an engaging enthusiasm for learning and community impact, and I have developed tremendous regard for her leadership, her intellectual grasp of the key
strategic issues, her decisiveness and her energy. The Museum could not be in better hands.”

Joining the team at Galveston Naval Museum are Captain Keith Roberts, USN and USCG veteran, as maintenance coordinator, and Rick Ehler, Ed.D., as education coordinator. Roberts is a former submariner and brings extensive expertise in ship preservation, including serving in his previous position with the National Historic Landmark, Elissa. Dr. Ehler earned a doctorate in education and shares a passion for inspiring students of all ages to embrace their curiosity and deepen their knowledge.

“We will continue the remarkable work of the volunteers who have tirelessly donated their time, talent and treasure for decades to preserve these ships which symbolize the bravery and modernization of the Greatest Generation. The impact of naval heroes on science, marine technology and engineering continue to inspire today and empower all to pursue their aspirations,” said Hobing. “Our museum has limitless potential to generate appreciation for those who served our country in astounding ways. I am
deeply honored to accept this position and am grateful to be surrounded by a talented and passionate team.”

The new team recognizes the unique breadth and depth of knowledge the Museum’s collections represent. They are challenged with developing a design to showcase these artifacts and to enhance community knowledge and national appreciation for these vessels and their legendary impact on our nation’s military and maritime heritage. Through these two historic naval ships, the stories of sailors and submariners of WWII will be honored as future content, exhibits and programs are kept relevant, fresh and abundant for generations.

For more information, visit or follow @galvnavalmuseum on Facebook.


IMHA – International Maritime History Association and CITCEM –U. PORTO (Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory – University of Porto) are proud to announce that IMHA’s 8th International Congress of Maritime History will be held in Porto between June 30 and July 03, 2020.

This International meeting follows the successful congresses that have been held, every four years since 1992 in Liverpool, UK (1992), Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996), Esbjerg, Denmark (2000), Corfu, Greece (2004), Greenwich, UK (2008), Ghent, Belgium (2012) and Perth, Australia (2016).
The main theme will be “Old and New Uses of the Oceans”, and the aim is to investigate the many aspects of the relationship between humans and the oceans.

As with previous congresses, ICMH8 adopts a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as an interdisciplinary field that covers all historical periods and areas and all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the sea.

Call for Papers

The Organizing Committee appointed by the International Maritime History Association invites proposals for panels and papers to be presented at IMHA’s 8th International Congress of Maritime History in Porto, to be hosted by CITCEM – U. PORTO (Transdisciplinary Research Centre Culture, Space and Memory – University of Porto) on June 30 – July 03, 2020.

The main theme will be “Old and New Uses of the Oceans”, and the aim is to investigate the many aspects of the relationship between humans and the oceans. We sail the surface of the oceans, harvest their resources, and exploit the minerals on and under the ocean floor. The oceans are also used as inspiration, for literature and other forms of art, and they shape relations among humans – both distant and close ones.

As with previous congresses, ICMH8 adopts a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as an interdisciplinary field that covers all historical periods and areas and all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the sea.
Papers will be welcome on a wide range of research areas reflecting people and their activities and interest in, on, around and under the waters of the world. The Organizing Committee also welcomes proposals for full panels and roundtables.

The Congress theme provides opportunities for researchers to share their work with colleagues in their various areas of interest and with researchers in adjoining fields.

Participants are invited to submit a short proposal in English indicating the scope of their intended paper, panel or roundtable, plus short biographical notes for all prospective participants.

Papers from the Congress will be considered for publication by the International Maritime History Association in its International Journal of Maritime History.


It is now open the period for abstract submission for the 8th IMHA International Congress of Maritime History .

Submissions must include: title, name of the author(s), affiliation, abstract (maximum of 2000 characters), 3 to 5 keywords and a short biography of each author (maximum of 1000 characters).

Important dates
  • 30th September 2019: submissions deadline
  • 15th December 2019: Scientific Committee decisional response deadline
  • 15th December 2019: Scientific Committee decisional response deadline
  • 30th June 2020: Congress begins
  • 03rd July 2020: Congress ends


IMHA The aim of the International Maritime History Association (IMHA) is to promote maritime history globally and facilitate collaboration between maritime researchers.
The IMHA has adopted a broad concept of maritime history, treating it as a discipline that covers dynamics in all aspects of humankind’s relationship with the world’s oceans and inland waterways from ancient times to the present.

In order to do so the IMHA promotes:

  • studies in maritime history from ancient times to the present;
  • collaboration among maritime historians across the world;
  • junior researchers within maritime history;
  • maritime history within other fields of historical research;
  • maritime history within other disciplines, which share a maritime focus;
  • academic teaching programs within maritime history;
  • institutional recognition of maritime history.

In order to fulfill its mission the IMHA has developed a range of activities and resources:

It publishes four volumes of the international, peer-review journal International Journal of Maritime History annually and a series of research monographs entitled Research in Maritime History.

IMHA regularly publishes a newsletter on maritime history regarding upcoming conferences, book releases, scholarships, job-announcements etc. within the field of maritime history. IMHA also co-ordinates the International Maritime Economic History Association Linkedin Group, an internet discussion forum that keeps subscribers posted about events and current issues related to the field.

IMHA organizes an international congress of maritime history every four years. Since 1992 IMEHA has held successful congresses in Liverpool, UK (1992), Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1996), Esbjerg, Denmark (2000), Corfu, Greece (2004), Greenwich, UK (2008), Ghent, Belgium (2012) and Perth, Australia (2016). Several hundred participants have attended each conference.

IMHA also awards prizes to junior researchers in order to promote research within maritime history.

The IMHA welcomes members from all disciplines who share an interest in humankind’s relationship with the sea.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum Announces Appointment of New Executive Director: Cathy Green, Named After National Search

PrintThe Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the largest maritime museum on the Great Lakes, announced today that the Board of Trustees elected Cathy Green in a unanimous decision to become the museum’s Executive Director effective July 1, 2019.  Cathy will step into this leadership role at the museum after serving as its Deputy Director and Chief Curator throughout 2018 and filling the Interim Executive Director position for the past six months.

The timing coincides with the museum celebrating its 50th anniversary. “After a thorough and deliberate national search process, the Board of Trustees is delighted that Cathy will lead our treasured museum into its next 50 years,” said Rear Admiral Jerry Clusen, USN (Ret.), President of the Board of Trustees. “Cathy is uniquely qualified to lead the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. She possesses the vision, leadership skills, and content knowledge needed to lead the museum through the opportunities and challenges ahead.”


Executive Director Cathy Green

As Executive Director, Ms. Green will work with the Board to Trustees to develop a strategic vision for the museum’s next chapter and will assume the responsibility for articulating the museum’s mission, vision and values to all constituencies.  Leading a vibrant staff of museum professionals and dedicated volunteers, she will continue to advance the strategies needed to build the Wisconsin Maritime Museum into an institution that inspires and enhances the community, serves as a focal point for heritage tourism, and expects itself to be counted among America’s most innovative maritime museums.

Ms. Green brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of Great Lakes maritime history and archaeology, coupled with leadership roles in experiential learning programs, cultural resource management, institutional development, and grant writing and management. She came to the museum from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she worked for the National Marine Sanctuary Program, ultimately serving as the Federal Program Officer for the Great Lakes region of NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

Ms. Green’s experience in Wisconsin maritime history was forged as a maritime archaeologist in the Office of the State Archaeologist.  Her belief in the power of experiential education programs was established as an instructor of maritime history and literature of the sea on Long Island University’s semester at sea program.  She holds a B.A. in History from Indiana University and an M.A. in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University. Additionally, her recent work as the Administrator for the Council of American Maritime Museums reinforces the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s connection to a dynamic national group of maritime organizations working to protect and promote the country’s rich maritime heritage.

“I am excited about the opportunity to play an essential role in the continued success of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum,” said Cathy Green. “I welcome the challenge of working with the staff, the Board of Trustees, and the broader community to generate a foundation of infrastructure and partnerships that will accelerate the museum’s growth and ensure its sustainability. More than anything else, I am excited to share the stories of Great Lakes maritime history with visitors to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.”


Wisconsin Maritime Museum Background

Located in Manitowoc along the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers visitors a unique experience learning about schooners, sailors, shipbuilders and submariners.  Its interactive exhibits offer many opportunities for family fun. Founded in 1969, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has grown into one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the maritime heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built in the area during World War II, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.

For more information, visit or call 920-684-0218.