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Administrator, Council of American Maritime Museums

Penobscot Marine Museum seeking Executive Director

The Board of Trustees is seeking an experienced, self-motivated Executive Director to lead the Penobscot Marine Museum located in Searsport, Maine. The director will be the public face and spokesperson for the museum; work with the staff and board to increase annual support as needed to sustain operations and facilitate new programs; refine and implement the museum’s vision for the future.

The successful applicant will have experience in not-for-profit management, fund raising and collaboration.

The museum comprises eight buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Our assets includes one of New England’s largest display of historic boats, a nationally known maritime art collection and one of the largest archives of historic photographs in Maine.

Send your resume to the Penobscot Marine Museum,   Attn: Dianne Smith, P.O. Box 489, Searsport, ME 04974 or to Resume reviews will start November 6th and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The museum is an equal opportunity employer.

Byrnes joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Steven Byrnes, of Easton, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Vice President of Operations. In this position, Byrnes serves on the senior management team and is responsible for oversight, implementation, and management of CBMM’s strategies for its guest services, marina, Museum Store, charity boat donation program, and boatyard operations.


Welcome Steven Byrnes, Vice President of Operations, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (photo CBMM)

Byrnes has more than 33 years’ experience in operations management, most recently serving as Senior Director of Capgemini America, a leading global consulting firm. Byrnes brings international experience to the position, from business and IT strategy development, through to the operational transformation necessary to achieve those strategies.

“I’m an avid boater and CBMM member who loves getting out on the Bay,” said Byrnes. “This is a great opportunity to join the CBMM team, and make a difference in a meaningful way.”

Byrnes grew up on Long Island and spent many hours boating and clamming on the Great South Bay. He views returning from the Chicago area to the Chesapeake Bay region like ‘coming home.’

“We are delighted to have Steve working with us,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “His management experience and collaborative work with all departments will be key in helping CBMM achieve high standards of excellence in all our operations.”

Byrnes holds an MBA in banking and finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Dowling College in Oakdale, N.Y. He served on the board of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, and is a past member of the Auto Finance Council and the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association’s International Committee. He has published more than 25 articles on operations and technology topics, and has served as a speaker at numerous industry events, including the ELFA annual convention, CFO roundtable, and a Global Strategies webinar.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to the museum’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at

 For more information, contact: Tracey Johns, Vice President of Communications Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

2018 Maritime Heritage Conference Call for Presenters Deadline Extended to December 1, 2017

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55th Annual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions 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 has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie. Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the US Lighthouse Society and so many others!

Please see the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference page for the Call for Presenters & Guidelines page, which includes details on conference topics as well as information on focus sessions, maritime heritage papers, the application process, deadlines and the selection process, and presenter policies. Individual paper and session proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page biographical statement about each presenter emailed to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at: The NEW deadline for papers and session proposals is December 1, 2017.

Topics and focus sessions include, but are not limited to:
Maritime and Naval History · Maritime Art, Literature, and Music · Education and Preservation · Underwater Archaeology · Trade and Communications · Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums · Marine Science and Ocean Conservation · Historic Vessel Restoration · Maritime Heritage Grant Program · Maritime Landscapes · National Marine Sanctuaries · Inland Waters · Commerce and Seaport Operations · Small Craft · Shipbuilding · Marine Protected Areas · Crew and Staff Training and Development · Tall Ships, Sail Training, and Education Under Sail · Vessel Operations and Safety · Tall Ships® Events and Host Ports · Not-for-Profit Administration · Fund Development · Media and Publications · Marketing and Social Media

For more information and to register today, please visit the Maritime Heritage Conference Page, where you’ll also find up to date information on the Conference Schedule, Accommodations, Sponsorship Opportunities, and the Call for Presenters and Guidelines.

Maritime Heritage Conference Flyer – New Deadline

October 26-27, 2017: Auction of Ship and Boat Models from North Carolina Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum announces the auction of approximately 20 ship and boat models formerly in the collection.  They are all outside of the museum’s interpretive scope of the North Carolina coast.  Some are of English and European vessels; several represent ships from New England or the Great Lakes.  Take a look at the Charlton House auction site at the location below.  Firearms and furniture from other sources are part of this large auction.

The contact address for the auction is

Please reference: Extraordinary Collections, Sale 286, beginning with Lot 376

Please note the quickly approaching auction dates: October 26-27, 2017.



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)