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Erie Maritime Museum Seeking Educator

Do you enjoy teaching history as a hands-on interactive subject? The Erie Maritime Museum is looking for an experienced educator to develop and oversee the museum’s educational programs, integrating the museum’s shore-based activities and exhibits with the waterborne sailing programs of the US Brig Niagara and the Lettie G. Howard.

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US Brig Niagara under sail. (Photo Flagship Niagara League)

A ship’s deck has often been the stage for intense drama, set against a backdrop of awesome scenery.  The US Brig Niagara is a replica War of 1812 warship, operated as a US Coast Guard inspected Sailing School Vessel. The restored 1893 fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard is also a Sailing School Vessel. These ships sail from the berth at the Erie Maritime Museum, the Niagara on voyages of several weeks, the Lettie G. Howard on short day sails. Our goal is to introduce new audiences to the region’s maritime history through the development of new interactive exhibits and programs for the museum and its sailing ships. The educator is shore-based but will be expected to sail occasionally. Prior sailing experience is not required, willingness to learn is.

The Educator will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of museum education and visitor services operations for the museum, developing interpretive programs for the museum and the ships for visitors of all ages.  The Educator will train museum staff and volunteers in interpretive techniques and customer service skills.  Planning and implementing programs both indoors and outdoors, and ensuring outstanding visitor experiences, are key to the work of this position.  The Educator assists with public relations activities, manages intern and student workers, and assists with the preparation of various types of museum plans.

Application materials can be found here:
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/pabureau/jobs/2104351/museum-educator-2?keywords=museu&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Closing date July 19, 2018.

Dr. Timothy Runyan to be Presented with National Maritime Historical Society Award

National Maritime Historical Society LogoThe National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) is honored to present NMHS trustee Dr. Timothy J. Runyan with the NMHS David A. O’Neil Sheet Anchor Award on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the New York Yacht Club. Dr. Runyan is being recognized for his extraordinary leadership in building the strength and outreach of the Society.

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NMHS trustee Dr. Tim Runyan. (Photo NMHS)

In his long career as a professor and leader, first at Cleveland State University, and later at Oberlin College and East Carolina University, he guided countless college and graduate students through their academic programs and later in their professional careers.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, tickets, Dinner Journal messages of support, or something to help honor Dr. Runyan please contact Wendy Paggiotta at 914-737-7878 ext 235 or vicepresident@seahistory.org.

Courtesy of: The National Maritime Historical Society 

National Park Service Seeking Proposals for Presentations at the National Road Bicentennial Symposium

While this is not a maritime focused symposium, CAMM members may find the US transportation history thread of interest.

Logo: National Road Bicentennial SymposiumThe National Park Service at Friendship Hill National Historic Site and Fort Necessity National Battlefield, in partnership with Washington & Jefferson College and the National Road Heritage Corridor, seeks proposals for presentations at the  National Road Bicentennial Symposium, which is to be held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania. 2018 marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Eastern Legacy portion of the National (or Cumberland) Road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia). To commemorate this important milestone and to recognize the National Road’s significance and legacy, this symposium will look beyond the National Road to examine the larger role of internal improvements and transportation in United States history.

The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. John Lauritz Larson, author of Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise of Popular Government in the Early United States and The Market Revolution in America. The symposium will also feature a special presentation by Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, President Thomas Jefferson, and President James Madison, portrayed by Ronald Duquette, Tom Pitz, and Kyle Jenks, respectively.

Academic and public historians, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit proposals for presentations or papers focused on the National Road, internal improvements, and United States transportation history. Alternate session formats, including roundtable discussions, film viewings, and hands-on programs, will also be considered. The proposals should include a 250- to 500-word abstract for the presentation and a CV/résumé.

Authors of books on related topics may submit a request to hold a book signing during the symposium.

Please send all submissions to Hilary_Miller@nps.gov.

Deadline for submission of proposals: July 31, 2018

For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/frhi/nrbs.htm or call 724-329-2501.

Courtesy of the National Park Service.

 

Cape Cod Maritime Museum Seeks Executive Director

Position:  The Executive Director of the Cape Cod Maritime Museum will have an  opportunity to lead a small and growing maritime museum located in the Cape’s commercial and tourism center. The Executive Director will report to and work with the Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership in developing short – and long – range goals for CCMM and effectively carry out plans and policies established by and with the Board.
  • Manage available resources to ensure CCMM is a fiscally sustainable entity.  This includes the establishment of an annual budget, reporting, and meeting financial targets.
  • Daily oversight to ensure that CCMM is adequately staffed for hours of operation, programs, and events.
  • With the Trustees, cultivate friends and solicit donors. Ensure strong membership and visitor relationships.

Required Skills & Personal Characteristics:

  • Experienced professional with the confidence to effectively address challenges and constructively manage both strategic and interpersonal issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership/managerial skills.
  • Proactive and capable of suggesting new alternatives to current practices which will involve the development of strategic and tactical plans.
  • Able to influence others and be influenced in order to build consensus and meld diverse viewpoints.
  • Strong communication and written skills.
  • BA/BS or equally relevant experience with 501(c)(3) organizations.

Please send resume to: ccmmjobapp@gmail.com

Courtesy of Cape Cod Maritime Museum

SHIPHISTORY.ORG STEAMS INTO FUTURE WITH NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) announced today that it will go live tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22, with its new interactive educational website, STEAMing Into The Future. Located at www.shiphistory.org, the site will share some of the organization’s vast archives with a worldwide audience and give students the chance to work with primary sources related to the country’s transition from sail to steam in the early 19th century.

Basic CMYKThe Warwick-based nonprofit has been working on the program since 2013, and was assisted by grants from the National Maritime Heritage Grant Program and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.

“We’ve been working for several years now to create a resource to educate students about this critical period in American history while promoting the subjects of science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” SSHSA Executive Director Matthew Schulte said. “We’re excited that lesson plans are already in use in New England schools and that this interactive experience is on a student-friendly platform.”

The innovative website focuses on a period beginning in 1807 when the first commercially viable American steam engines were successfully powering ships. This began the transition from sail to steam power, and transformed shipping, commerce and travel across America. This had a wide-ranging effect on many aspects of the country, including immigration, trade and leisure.

In addition to archival content, the site includes full lesson plans for teachers who are interested in participating. So far, several school districts around the country are reviewing the curriculum so that they may include aspects of STEAMing Into The Future into their classrooms. Schools in East Greenwich, North Providence, Easton and Sandwich, Mass., and Pensacola, Fla., already have plans underway to utilize this resource.

“STEAMing Into the Future contains a wealth of educational resources for any educator,” said Darshell Silva, a librarian and technology integration specialist. “Whether you are looking for lesson plans, blended learning resources, primary sources, or maker resources you will find something to engage your students. Pairing the site information with a visit to the Ship History Center will provide an educational experience that your students will talk about for years to come.”

Work on this program began five years ago, when SSHSA won a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to bring in a team of teachers and educational consultants to select artifacts and documents from its collections and provide feedback regarding what items and concepts were best aligned with 11th and 12th grade curricula. The additional grants that were secured allowed the scope to be broadened and shared beyond Rhode Island.

President Franklin Roosevelt, a well-known advocate for seafarers, former assistant secretary of the Navy, and an honorary member of SSHSA, established May 22 as National Maritime Day. Introduced to recognize the first transatlantic steamship crossing by the Savannah in 1819, celebrations have evolved over the years. Today, the day is largely known for paying special tribute to the sacrifices of the U.S. merchant marine and to the benefits that the maritime industry provides the country.

A national organization dedicated to the history of engine-powered ships, SSHSA’s Ship History Center on Post Road allows the public to experience all the bells and whistles of the steam era through its extensive archive of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records and memorabilia.

If you are interested in SSHSA’s education program, want to learn more about upcoming new content or field trip opportunities, or would like to provide feedback, please contact Education Coordinator Aimee Bachari at steam@sshsa.org.

Courtesy of SSHSA.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum Seeking Collections Manager/Registrar

Position Closed.

Job Title: Collections Manager/Registrar

Location: Manitowoc, WisconsinWMM Logo Small

 Closing Date: Until filled.

 Position: Full-time.  Competitive salary and benefits.

 Send applications to: Cathy Green, Deputy Director WMM cgreen@wisconsinmaritime.org  or call 920-684-0218 x120 for more information.

 Background:  The Collections Manager/Registrar at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum performs and manages essential museum-related collections and management tasks. As the State’s official maritime museum, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum cares for a collection of nearly 10,000 objects, including the WWII submarine USS Cobia. In addition, the collection includes 60,000 photographs, 7,000 books, 15,000 periodicals, 9,000 blueprints, and a large manuscript collection. It is one of the largest maritime collections on the Great Lakes and reflects the museum’s mission of documenting the role of Wisconsin in maritime history.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is between Milwaukee and Green Bay, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Photo WMM

Job Description: Responsible for the care, accessioning, cataloging, and general management of museum collections.  Assists the public and museum staff with research and the study of museum collections.  Assists the museum in formulating policy that effects collection management. Supports and implements the pan-institutional goal of increasing public access to, and relevance of, museum collections and curatorial research. Trains and manages collections volunteers. Reports to the WMM Deputy Director/Chief Curator.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements policies and procedures that are in keeping with best professional practice for the registration, documentation, packing, handling, storage, care condition, display, and security of objects on loan to and in WMM collections.
  • Assists curatorial staff with provenance research as well as collections refinement and deaccession projects.
  • Manages all aspects of loans to and from WMM including—but not limited to—issuing loan agreements; making international, national, and local packing, crating, insurance, and shipping and courier arrangements; completing incoming and outgoing condition reports; entering loan and exhibition information into collections management database.
  • Conducts ongoing WMM database development and management, including recording locations, cataloging objects, updating record information, unifying lexicon, accessioning, deaccessioning, and inventory.
  • Monitors (in coordination with Building Facility Coordinator) environmental conditions and light levels in museum.
  • Maintains collection photo files and schedules/oversees new photography as needed.
  • Under the direction and oversight of the Chief Curator, processes paperwork for all new museum acquisitions, including gifts and purchases.
  • Assists with maintaining WMM AAM accreditation, including reaccreditation.
  • Coordinates bi-monthly Collection Committee meetings.
  • Assists in the research, planning, and installation of exhibits.
  • Routinely prepares thank you letters and other correspondence regarding donations, loans, and research
  • Manages the museum’s off-site collection storage facility.
  • Assists in searching for funds for collection management and research projects and contributes to collections management-related grant activities.
  • Ensures use of proper conservation and preservation methods for all items in the museum’s collections.
  • Ensures compliance with laws and regulations pertaining to collections and collecting activities.
  • Works with the Chief Curator and Museum Building Facility Coordinator to maintain, evaluate, and update disaster preparedness plan.
  • Contributes regular social media posts, website content, and to the museum’s quarterly journal, The Anchor.
  • Carries out internal and external research requests.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers and staff when they are working on collection and research related projects; maintains records on use of collection.
  • Represents the museum as a participant or speaker at public meetings or seminars.
  • Completes other tasks and duties as assigned from time to time.

 Qualifications:

  • A degree in library science, museum studies, archival management, or related humanities field; M.A. degree preferred.
  • Preferred minimum of the three years professional experience in museum or related field.
  • Understanding of the importance of cultivating donors, subject matter experts, and volunteers; ability to interact well with staff, volunteers, and public.
  • General knowledge of collection management and conservation procedures and methodology; including familiarity with PastPerfect collection and contact management software.
  • Working knowledge of archival research methods.
  • Displays initiative and self-direction.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work and to supervise others.

Physical Demands:  Must be able to physically access all collections objects at several locations, including the interior of a World War II U.S. submarine; a warehouse racking system; and boat storage (basic bending, standing, sitting, climbing). Must be able to lift objects up to 20lbs.  Occasional exposure to dust and/or mold when assessing potential collections or during conservation efforts.

 

 

National Park Service and Maritime Administration Announce $2.6 Million in Maritime Heritage Preservation

The National Park Service announced today $2.6 million in maritime heritage grants to assist funding 34 preservation and education projects in 14 states and the Northern Mariana Islands. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), the National Park Service awarded grants for projects that teach about and preserve sites and objects related to our nation’s maritime history.

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The Burt Coat Harbor Lighthouse on Swan’s Island, Maine is one of this year’s grant recipients. Photo: Town of Swan’s Island

 

“From exploration, to industry, and military conflict, these grant projects tell the story of our nation’s history through a maritime lens,” National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith said. “Through a collaborative effort, the National Park Service is dedicated to conserving these treasures and enhancing public awareness of our maritime heritage.”

“Since 2014, MARAD has provided more than $7 million in funding to support our nation’s maritime heritage projects,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby. “These ships, lighthouses and other strategic maritime vessels have played an integral role in our nation’s success at sea. By preserving these maritime artifacts, we hope to inspire future generations with America’s maritime legacy.”

The National Maritime Heritage Program grant awards are made possible through a partnership between the two federal agencies, which both share a commitment to maritime heritage preservation and education. They are funded through recycling of vessels from the from the MARAD’s National Defense Reserve Fleet. The grant program supports a broad range of maritime education and preservation projects, without expending tax dollars, while ensuring that the vessels are dismantled in an environmentally sound manner.

The National Park Service will administer these projects as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices, who will disburse funds to applicants. The recipients of the National Maritime Heritage grants are below.

For more information about the grants and the Maritime Heritage Program, please visit www.nps.gov/martime/grants.intro.htm.

National Maritime Heritage Program Grant Recipients

State/ Territory  Recipient  Project Title  Amount
Alaska Alaska Association for Historic Preservation NN Cannery History Project $49,993.00
California Maritime Museum Association of San Diego A Preservation Project to Ensure the Long-Term Integrity of the Sailing Ship Star of India $200,000.00
California San Francisco Maritime National Park Association USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Preservation Project—Phase II $174,945.00
California Port of Los Angeles High School Port of Los Angeles High School Career Technical Education Program: Boat Operations $50,000.00
California Yurok Tribe Redwood Dugout Canoe Adventure Phase I $50,000.00
California National Steinbeck Center Restoration of the F/V Western Flyer and development of educational programs connecting literature and science $191,130.00
Connecticut Mystic Seaport Museum 1921 Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton Documentation and Survey Project $103,703.00
Delaware Kalmar Nyckel Foundation Tall Ship Time Machine Digital Media Project $38,661.00
Florida University of West Florida Gulf Coast Digital History Project $34,708.00
Massachusetts USS Constitution Museum A Sailor’s Life for Me: Optimizing Online Resources for Mobile Responsiveness $50,000.00
Massachusetts New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center The Fishing Industry: Then and Now $18,535.00
Massachusetts Essex National Heritage Area Commission Bakers Island Light Station Maritime Field Education Project $35,014.00
Massachusetts Lowell’s Maritime Foundation (Boat Shop) Lowell’s Boat Shop Apprentice Program: Learning on the River $50,000.00
Massachusetts Old Dartmouth Historical Society A Spectacle in Motion: A Publication of the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Around the World $29,190.00
Maryland Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park A New Permanent Exhibit: “White Gold: The Lure and Legacy of the Maryland Oyster” $37,000.00
Maryland Project Liberty Ship Preservation of Hull and Underwater Portions of SS John W. Brown $200,000.00
Maryland Baltimore Children’s Museum The New Port of Baltimore Exhibit at Port Discovery Children’s Museum $50,000.00
Maryland Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Edna E. Lockwood Educational Tour of the Chesapeake Bay $45,845.00
Maine Town of Swan’s Island Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station Light Tower Restoration $85,000.00
Maine Greater Portland Landmarks Association Enhancing the Visitor Experience at the Portland Observatory $40,000.00
Northern Mariana Islands Task Force Dagger Explore, Map, and Research WWII Sites in the Western Pacific $49,540.00
New York Saint Lawrence Valley Educational Television Council New York’s Seaway Lighthouses $35,000.00
New York Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Shipyard Repair of USS Slater Mast and Hull $200,000.00
New York SS Columbia Project SS Columbia: Preservation and Stabilization $100,852.00
New York Whaling Museum Society A Public Program Series in Maritime and Whaling Heritage $22,628.00
New York Seaport Museum Wavertree Deckhouse and Aft Accommodations Preservation $66,047.00
New York National Maritime Historical Society National Maritime Historical Society Maritime Library and Digital Collections $50,000.00
Pennsylvania Carnegie Institute The Requin Gateway Project $49,771.00
Virginia Virginia Department of Historic Resources Retreatment of Excavated Betsy $81,168.00
Virginia City of Alexandria Conservation of Alexandria’s 18th-century Wooden Ship $97,117.00
Vermont Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Submerged Cultural Resources Management Program $42,918.00
Washington Virginia V Foundation Reframe the Stern of SS Virginia V $200,000.00
Washington U.S. Lighthouse Society U.S. Lighthouse Society Archives Catalog Project $48,600.00
Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society Unloading History: Self-Unloaders and the Development of the Maritime Industrial Landscape $54,245.00
Total     $2,631,610.00

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Courtesy of the National Park Service.