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2015 CAMM Conference Promotes Collaboration

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Los Angeles Maritime Museum on the San Pedro waterfront. Photo by Candace Clifford

Hosted by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, the 2015 CAMM conference attracted 58 participants representing 35 institutions from the East, West, and Gulf Coasts; the Great Lakes; and Australia. The conference not only provided opportunities for participants to share ideas and develop professional relationships but many of the sessions emphasized the importance of collaborations, the voyage of the Charles W. Morgan being one example.

In addition to lively sessions, highlights included a movie on the voyages of Irving and Electra Johnson, a narrated tour of San Pedro and Long Beach Harbors, lunch and tours aboard the USS Iowa, a closing dinner at the Los Angeles Yacht Club, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the maritime collections at the Huntington Library. See the conference slide show for Candace Clifford’s photos of the meeting.

During the business meeting Dave Pearson of Columbia River Maritime Museum was elected to a third year term as president and Greg Gorga of Santa Barbara Maritime Museum was promoted to vice president. Pete Lesher of Chesapeake Maritime Museum and Sam Heed of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation were elected members at large. Having reached the end of their terms, Ron Oswald of the National Maritime Historical Society and Dana Hewson of Mystic Seaport were thanked for their service to CAMM over the past six years.

Pre-Conference Movie Screening Invitation

Invitation.CAMM.optionSteve White, president of Mystic Seaport, invites CAMM conference attendees to the screening of Unfurling the World: The Voyages of Irving and Electa Johnson on Sunday, April 12th, at the conference hotel.

The movie is described as “A thrilling and inspiring story about the extraordinary Johnsons, who sailed seven times around the world, exploring remote islands and meeting exotic cultures along the way.”

Preliminary Schedule for CAMM Conference Now Available


Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum

CAMM’s upcoming conference at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, April 13-14, is a great opportunity to learn what your colleagues are doing both through formal sessions and one-on-one social activities. In addition to reviewing maritime heritage issues around the country you can also explore the rich history of the active ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

For a full list of sessions and activities download the program as of March 11.

The annual meeting webpage also offers information on registration, lodging at a special conference rate, transportation, an optional field trip to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and travel grants for CAMM members. (You do not have to be a CAMM member to attend the conference.)

Registration Begins for CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli at September's Maritime Heritage Conference

Paul Fontenoy and Marifrances Trivelli oversee the CAMM table at September’s Maritime Heritage Conference

CAMM Treasurer Paul Fontenoy is now accepting registrations for the CAMM’s 2015 Annual Conference to take place April 12-14 at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. Director Marifrances Trivelli and the program committee has put together a program of lively educational sessions, a narrated boat cruise of the Los Angeles and Long Beach Harbors, dinner at the historic Los Angeles yacht club, as well as an optional behind-the-scenes tour of the world renowned Huntington Library.

Full registration ($150.00) includes all sessions, continental breakfast and lunch Monday and Tuesday, the cruise on Monday, and the closing dinner on Tuesday. One-day registrations are also available. The optional field trip on Wednesday is a separate ticketed event.

To register, download the online CAMM Registration 2015 form, fill it out, make a payment (using the PayPal link, check, or credit card), save the form and email it to <>. (The form can also be printed and mailed or faxed.)

Registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

To learn more about lodging, transportation, and travel grants, please visit our Annual Meeting page. Please note that although the meeting is open to all, travel grants are only available to staff of CAMM member institutions.

Deadline for Proposals for CAMM Meeting is January 5, 2015

Prospective presenters at the upcoming CAMM annual meeting at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum need to submit their proposals by January 5, 2015.  Session proposals should be about topics of interest to your CAMM colleagues. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase current projects and share expertise!

2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

Ship Plans Panel at 2013 CAMM meeting, Beaufort, N.C.

The CAMM Conference Call for Proposals is meant to be filled out online. Once completed, please save and email the form to Program Committee Chairman Marifrances Trivelli at <>.

Consideration of Future CAMM Annual Meeting Locations

As you know the Los Angeles Maritime Museum will be hosting CAMM’s 2015 annual meeting on April 13-14. They are putting together a great mix of educational and social programs set against the backdrop of the busy port of Los Angeles.

The CAMM board is currently considering two offers to host CAMM’s annual meeting in 2016 and 2017.  Before making the final decision, they would like to provide an opportunity for other members to express their interest in hosting. Host’s responsibilities include providing a venue that’s within or nearby their museum; making local arrangements for lodging, meals, boat cruise, and optional field trips; establishing the budget; creating the schedule; and providing support for the program sessions.

Since CAMM attempts to hold its meetings in different parts of the country, the Board would welcome offers from member institutions along the Gulf Coast.

If you are interested in hosting a conference please contact Dave Pearson at or any CAMM Board Member to express your interest before December 19th.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.

Attendees at the 2014 CAMM meeting pose in front of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.

National Museum of the Great Lakes Ready to Open

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photo by Candace Clifford

New National Museum of the Great Lakes with museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker. Photos by Candace Clifford

P1100197 lorescollectibles loresThe new National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, combines the Great Lakes Historical Society’s extensive collection of artifacts with various interactive exhibits for different age levels. Kids can stoke a steamship boiler with artificial coal while adults can track commercial shipping on a computer monitor. Hundreds of artifacts, ranging from a second-order fresnel lighthouse lens to tourist collectibles from passenger vessels, are distributed throughout. The amount of material is a little overwhelming but the interpretive panels are designed so that a person can take in only the major points or pause to read more detailed information.

Lifesaving exhibit

KELLEYS ISLAND, the oldest lifeboat used by the U.S. Life-Saving Service on the Great Lakes

Although located on the Maumee River near Lake Erie, the museum interprets all the Great Lakes with four exhibit themes: Exploration & Settlement, Expansion & Industry, Safeguard & Support, Shipwrecks & Safety. As you enter, a short film gives an introductory overview with dramatic lights and sound effects.

Outside, the museum ship S.S. Col. James M. Schoonmaker will impress you with its enormous size. It was the largest freighter on the Great Lakes when built in 1911 by Great Lakes Engineering Works in Ecorse, Michigan. Its capacity of 15,000 tons was a dramatic increase over other existing freighters’ capacity of 3,000 to 12,000 tons.

front loresSchoonmaker carried coal, iron ore, and other cargo from Duluth to Cleveland and other ports for the Shenango Furnace Company. Sold to Interlake Steamship Company in 1969, she was renamed Willis B. Boyer in honor of a former chairman of the board. Sold in 1971 to the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company, Boyer was retired in 1980 after 69 years of service.

Opened to the public in July 1987, Boyer became a visitor attraction on the Toledo waterfront. Recently restored and then rechristened Col. James M. Schoonmaker on July 1, 2011, one hundred years after her original christening, the freighter has been repainted in her original colors of the Shenango Furnace Company.Schoon detail lores

The official opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes will be April 26, 2014. Two days later, representatives from maritime museums as far away as Astoria, Oregon; Santa Barbara, California; and Houston, Texas; will be on hand to celebrate and support the new facility as part of the annual conference of the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM). Maritime museums included on the program include Michigan Maritime Museum; Split Rock Lighthouse, Minnesota; Mystic Seaport, Connecticut; Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.;  Maine Maritime Museum; The Mariners’ Museum, Virginia; and Chesapeake Maritime Museum, Maryland.


National Museum of the Great Lakes

Courtesy Great Lakes Historical Society

Courtesy Great Lakes Historical Society

The Great Lakes Historical Society will be opening their new National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio, on April 26th. Two days later, on April 28th, they will be hosting CAMM’s annual meeting. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to help them celebrate and get a first-hand look at this new facility. A preliminary schedule along with lodging and registration information is available on our annual meeting page.

In addition to a variety of presentations from your colleagues, there will be plenty of opportunites for informal discussion and exchange of expertise during a reception on the museum ship SS Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a dinner at the historic Toledo Yacht Club, and a Canal Experience field trip.

Hope to see you in Toledo!