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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

New online features at Peabody Essex Museum

-The most recent episode of the PEMCast, our award-winning podcast, features curator Dan Finamore and explores what maritime art and history can teach us about quarantine. Please to take a listen by finding the PEMcast on your favorite podcasting app or by streaming it at the following link:
-During PEM’s closure, PEM has created 360-degree virtual tours of our galleries, including our new Maritime Art Gallery which is available here: and
-PEM’s associate curator, George Schwartz, has just published a book, Collecting the Globe: The Salem East India Marine Society Museum, which focuses on the origins of PEM and its deep maritime roots:
-We have also published several stories about PEM’s maritime collection that you are welcome to reprint or link to:

Island Life opens as a virtual exhibition at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Originally planned for display in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium, a new exhibition featuring the works of Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming will be presented to the public virtually starting Monday, May 18. Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be found online at

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring CBMM into your homes through this virtual exhibition,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re in the process of shifting to more and more virtual offerings at this time and look forward to finding additional ways to deliver Chesapeake Bay content to our guests in the months to come.”

Fleming’s photographs reveal how the changing environment is affecting the cultures and shorelines of inhabited and formerly inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay. He discovered his passion for photography upon inheriting a hand-me-down Nikon film camera at age 13 from his father, Kevin, a former National Geographic photographer. Fleming immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the lens of his camera, and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as a professional photographer. His first book, Working the Water—a photographic narrative of the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry—is in its third printing and his next book, Island Life—around which this exhibition is based—is expected to be released in the fall of 2021.

“Jay Fleming is a consummate visual storyteller,” said Jenifer Dolde, CBMM’s Associate Curator of Collections. “His frequent visits to the islands and shorelines along the Bay have resulted in an intimate knowledge of the land and people, allowing him to capture moments in time that encapsulate our distinctive Chesapeake landscape and culture.”

Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be viewed online admission-free for your comfort and convenienceThe exhibition is possible by generous contributions to CBMM’s Annual Fund, which supports everything from education and boatbuilding programs to interactive exhibitions and more than 75,000 irreplaceable objects in CBMM’s collection. If you wish to give to the Annual Fund, please visit


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevance, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.

Maritime Museum Resources during the Corona Isolation

National Maritime Historical Society/Sea History has compiled this useful resource.
“We would also like to thank our readers for all of the responses we received to our Sea History Today sampling of the many resources that museums and other institutions are providing in lieu of in-person programs during the COVID-19 response.  We’ve compiled a more extensive listing on our website. Stop by and take a look.”
 Sea History Today is written by Shelley Reid, NMHS senior staff writer.

$15 Million in IMLS CARES Act Grants Now Available for Museums and Library Services

Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Museums and libraries have never been more essential to their communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “COVID-19 has not only created a public health emergency, but it has also created a deep need for trusted community information, education, and connection that our libraries and museums are designed to provide.”
The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries and museums and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks.
The deadline for submitting applications for either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with awards anticipated in August.
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.
IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.
“Access to and use of all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources are necessary to weathering the current situation, beginning efforts to reopen, and providing services to sustain communities,” said Kemper. “Together, we can brighten the future for museums, libraries, and people across America.”
Upcoming Webinars
Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more:
These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.
For More Information
To apply for these grants, as well as to IMLS’s other available funding opportunities, please visit the IMLS website.

Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University offers free mentoring program to museum professionals

Mentoring can support your professional development as a museum leader in this time of uncertainty, budget cuts, and isolation. You are invited to serve as an online mentor or to reach out for support as a mentee during this time of physical distancing by joining POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network.   Polaris is free to all museum professionals.   In the spirit of leaders making leaders, find a match now to cultivate your leadership skills as we navigate to brighter skies together.

Mentoring can support your professional development as a museum leader in this time of uncertainty, budget cuts, and isolation. Consider serving as an online mentor or to reach out for support as a mentee while you are physically distancing. In the spirit of leaders making leaders, find a match now to cultivate your leadership skills as we navigate to brighter skies together.

POLARIS: the Museum Mentor Network is free and open to museum professionals world-wide.

1. Register / Log-in to
2. Complete / Update your profile:
Include your “Affiliation,” and “Summary” at the top. Check the relevant boxes for your “Skills and Expertise” under “Other Information.”
3. Mentees can find their match and then send a request to available mentors.
4. Mentors can say how they’d like to help and then set up their first phone/video meeting with a mentee.
5. Self-study modules help guide you through the process of building a strong and mutually beneficial connection.

Please contact if you have questions.


Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Maritime Museum, Archaeology & History Friends:

As a sign of unity during these uncertain times, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is organizing a virtual read aloud of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Maritime museum staff, underwater archaeologists, marine scientists and historians are invited to participate.

Sign up for which sections you or your organization would like to read. You can decide how to read your section (ie, a different staff member for each line, several people reading together, etc). Creativity and enthusiasm are welcome. List everyone’s names who will be reading. Also note your social media accounts if you would like your organization to be tagged when the video is posted. Please hold your phone horizontally when filming.

Record your readings and send to by May 15th.

We would love to have all CAMM organizations participate!  If you’re interested in joining us, sign up for a passage using this doc.

Cathy Green

Wisconsin Maritime Museum

New CAMM Facebook Discussion Group

JOIN the CAMM Conversation!  New CAMM Discussion Group launches on Facebook today!

CAMM has developed a Facebook Discussion Group for Maritime Museum staffers and allied professionals.  The idea is to have a place where maritime museum specialists can discuss ongoing issues, challenges, and successes.  This is a forum for productive discussions and a sharing of ideas, one we hope our CAMM member institutions will find beneficial.

We encourage everyone to join – just tell us your organization and why you want to be a member of the group. There are some basic rules that are listed within the group, and we hope that everyone will abide by them.  We are excited to have this forum, especially in these trying times.

Search on Facebook “Council of American Maritime Museum Discussion Group” OR visit here:

$500,000 in Grant Funds Made Available for Nonprofits – Message from Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

In this time of a national public health emergency, we rightly herald all healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak as heroes. Doctors, nurses, support staff, and many others are risking their own health to protect our communities from the spread of this pernicious virus and help those who are suffering.

I also want to call attention to nonprofits, whose difficult job of caring for the most vulnerable in our communities just got so much harder.

On the best of days, few of us would have the patience and skill to care for emotionally and mentally fragile teenagers in a fulltime residential setting. Now imagine the complexities created by COVID-19. School campuses are closed; group activities are curtailed by government order; uncertainty about the duration of the outbreak abounds; and separation from families and other support networks could last for many more months. In addition, there is understandable staff concern about infection that could spread among the teenagers, including to themselves and their families.

Or consider foodbanks, already straining, now called to provide food for 10 times the number of people they would normally support. Foodbanks need volunteers to pack dry goods and prepare and deliver hot meals, all while keeping people at least six feet apart in nonprofit spaces not known for spaciousness. Many volunteers, such as seniors, may no longer be available because they are at a high risk of getting COVID-19.

As the world deals with this horrible virus, all of our attention is consumed by it. Stories abound of people doing extraordinary things to help others in this time of crisis. We applaud them. But we also want to highlight the important work nonprofit employees do every single day. Even when the rest of the world is not dealing with a pandemic, nonprofits do difficult work day in and day out. We want you to know that we see you and the important work you do, and we appreciate you.

In a gesture of support for nonprofits, the NIA boards have approved $500,000 in additional funding to the Roger Gilbert Fund. Through the fund we can make quick grants of up to $500 for many types of expenses, including COVID-19 related expenses incurred by our members. Some of you have already applied to receive a grant from the fund and received approval. If you haven’t applied but have a need that can be addressed through the Gilbert Fund, I invite you to learn more:

We know that nonprofit work is often hard, even in the best of times. Our privilege is to be there for you when, despite your best efforts, something gets damaged or someone gets hurt and the finger of blame is directed at you. But even at some of your worst moments, like when you are reporting a claim to us, we mostly marvel at your commitment, strength, resilience, and sense of purpose. We are grateful for everything you do for all of us, every day, and especially today. Thank you. Please take care of yourselves. The world needs you now more than ever.
Pamela Davis
Founder, President & CEO
Nonprofits Insurance Alliance