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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.

Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to Service August 2, 2017 

CAMM Members – some more good news about historic vessels at out Member institutions returning to service:

Historic Steamboat Sabino Returns to Service August 2
National Historic Landmark at Mystic Seaport is Oldest Coal-Fired Vessel Operating on a Regular Schedule in U.S.

 Mystic, Conn. (July 31, 2017) — Mystic Seaport announced today it will resume operating its steamboat Sabino for public cruises on the Mystic River Wednesday, August 2. The vessel has been under restoration in the Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard for more than two years and is the oldest coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States. Mystic Seaport operates her as a working exhibit providing passengers with an authentic early 20th century steamboat experience.

“We are very proud to return Sabino to work on the Mystic River as she has done for more than 40 years. As the only one of our four National Historic Landmark vessels we regularly operate, she is the best example of our philosophy of preservation and active use,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport.

 Sabino will operate six days a week from the Mystic Seaport waterfront through October 9. There will be three cruises per day: a 30-minute upriver cruise for $8 per person at 2:30 p.m., a 90-minute downriver cruise to the mouth of the Mystic River for $18 per person at 3:30 p.m., and a two-hour downriver cruise at 5:30 p.m. for $25 per person. There will also be a two-hour downriver cruise at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for $25 per person. The boat will not operate on Tuesdays.

Museum admission is not required for downriver cruises; it is required for the 30-minute cruise. Children 3 and younger ride for free, but they must have a ticket to board. Tickets can be purchased up to two weeks in advance by calling 860.572.5331.

 Sabino can carry 74 passengers and is available for group charters.

 About Sabino
Sabino was built in 1908 in East Boothbay, Maine, and spent most of her career ferrying passengers and cargo between Maine towns and islands. She is 57 feet long and has a beam of 23 feet. Her hull is constructed of wood and she is powered by a 75-horsepower two-cylinder compound steam engine. The engine is the original power plant that was installed in 1908 and was manufactured by the J. H. Paine & Son Co. in nearby Noank, Connecticut. Steam is generated by a coal-fired boiler. Sabino came to Mystic Seaport in 1973 and she was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992.

The recent restoration began in December 2014 and addressed a number of issues around the vessel, including reframing much of the stern, replacing the keel bolts, installing new planking and decking, and restoring portions of the superstructure. In addition, numerous mechanical and systems upgrades were carried out, most notably the fabrication and installation of a new boiler to meet modern safety and regulatory requirements. The restoration is expected to keep Sabino in operation for at least the next 25 to 30 years.

Financial support for the project was provided by a combination of private philanthropy and public grants, including $172,125 from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, $149,318 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and a National Maritime Heritage Grant of $199,806 administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the U.S. Maritime Administration.

For more information, go to this article on the Mystic Seaport website.

Job Posting: Door County Maritime Museum seeking Curator of Exhibits

The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, WI, is looking for a Curator of Exhibits The museum was built in 1997 and is a community icon and leading tourism attraction. The Curator of Exhibits is a full time position and is responsible for exhibit interpretation, design and installation for our three museum locations: Sturgeon Bay location, Cana Island Lighthouse and Gills Rock Maritime Museum. The Exhibit Curator works under the direct supervision of the Executive Director and works in collaboration with curatorial staff to accomplish museum goals with immersive, educational and technologically advance exhibits.  As part of the management team, the position requires participation in and carrying out the organizational strategic plans. The Curator is responsible for drafting and remaining within the confines of an annual exhibition budget which includes: maintenance of existing exhibits, creating new exhibits and consultative planning.  This position may also be required to provide assistance to other departments and/or positions when such duties overlap, such as fundraising, collections management, marketing and event coordinating. The core goal of this position is to develop innovative and creative exhibits of Door County’s rich maritime history, and more broadly, the Great Lakes maritime history in a thoughtful, creative and engaging manner.



  • Provide excellent customer service, promote the museum’s mission and vision in all activities
  • Follow professional museum standards, conservation principles, museum procedures
  • Work collaboratively with associates of the museums
  • Supervise curatorial interns, volunteers, and temporary staff as needed and assist with administrative, collections, research, and exhibit maintenance work
  • Represent the values and mission of the museum both within and outside of the building
  • Work to fulfill the museum’s operating and strategic goals
  • Help develop and give presentations on Door County maritime topics for outside groups or organizations
  • Explore thematic development and design of exhibits
  • Design, prepare, construct and install exhibits
  • Organize and develop a plan for conducting audience evaluations
  • Manage exhibit vendors and negotiate with lending institutions
  • Conduct tours for VIPs, exhibit openings and tour groups as needed
  • Assist in writing grants and corporate sponsorship proposals with Development Manager for exhibition proposals
  • Monitor and ensure assigned duties are carried over by assigned interns or staff in accordance with written/verbal guidelines; take initial remedial action and report discrepancies
  • Plan and recommend new programs and initiatives to the Executive Director, Curatorial Committee and implement changes
  • Prepare and monitor exhibition and expenses
  • Attend training and develop relevant knowledge, techniques and skills for curation
  • Adhere to written/verbal health and safety policies, and other requirements relating to museum/facility equipment
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Master’s Degree; Or a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field with several years of museum experience with duties including exhibit design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge in modern exhibit creation & design methods
  • Demonstrate a clear vision of correct curatorial practices with an appreciation for maritime history
  • Demonstrates resourcefulness, good judgment, excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills
  • Self-directed and has the ability to work independently
  • Highly motivated, detail oriented and possesses a strong creative side
  • Ability to problem solve, manage multiple projects, and function in a cooperative team environment
  • Excellent public relations and customer service skills, including customer service concepts and techniques
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a committee structure
  • Ability to communicate effectively with outside staff at our other two off-site locations (Gills Rock and Cana Island)
  • Computer literacy skills including a relative proficiency in Microsoft Office and PastPerfect software
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evenings, weekend and holiday assignments


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  There will be times when this position is expected to travel or work off-site and as such may be subject to various climates including winter exposure.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk and sit.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by sending a resume to:
Attn: Amy Paul, Executive Director
Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society
120 North Madison Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Tel: 920-743-5958   |   |

Model Ships available from Vancouver Maritime Museum

Attention CAMM member institutions:
The Vancouver Maritime Museum has a group of ship models that they are deaccessioning from their collection and are available for transfer. Any receiving institutions would be responsible for related shipping costs.


For a listing of available models with photos, please click this link for a pdf of: VMM Ship Models. Alternately, you can access this dropbox link if there are issues of file size:


Inquires should be directed to:

Duncan MacLeod
Vancouver Maritime Museum
1905 Ogden Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3

New email address for proposals for 11th Maritime Heritage Conference/45th Tall Ships America Conference, New Orleans, February 14-17, 2018

Please note the new email address for sending in proposals for the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference/45th Tall Ships America Conference, New Orleans,  February 14-17, 2018.

Please send proposals to:

Proposals are due November 1, 2017.

Additional information is below, or download a pdf of the conference flyer.

Our Maritime Communities-Stronger Together
11th Maritime Heritage Conference 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships

New Orleans Marriott-French Quarter
February 14 – 17, 2018

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest. Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and known for its high “take away value,” networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future.  The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to discuss topics of common interest, to learn from your peers, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott. Rooms are available at the terrific rate of $164+ per night! Details of the conference schedule are posted at: and

Focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Media and Publications                                     ♦ Crew and Staff Training and Development
♦ Tall Ships, Sail Training and Education          ♦ Not for Profit Administration
Under Sail
♦ Marketing and Social Media                             ♦ Fund Development
♦ Vessel Operations and Safety                            ♦ Tall Ships® Events and Host Port

Papers and sessions include, but are not limited to:
♦ Maritime and naval history                              ♦ Inland Water Commerce and seaport                                                                                                     operations
♦ Maritime Art, Literature and Music                ♦ Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations
♦ Underwater Archaeology                                  ♦ Trade and Communications
♦ Shipbuilding                                                         ♦ Libraries, Archives, and Museums
♦ Marine Science and Ocean Conservation      ♦ National Marine Sanctuaries
♦ Education and Preservation                             ♦ Vessel Restoration
♦ Maritime Heritage Grant Program                  ♦ Small Craft
♦ Marine Protected Areas                                     ♦ Maritime Landscapes

Session Proposals are encouraged. Individual and Session Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and a one-page bio about each presenter. Please email proposals to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at:  For proposal guidelines: or    The deadline for papers and session proposals is November 1, 2017

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