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CBMM’s Master Plan to Bring New Buildings, Growth to Museum

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD.  Photo CBMM

(ST MICHAELS, MD – May 10, 2018) The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has announced the completion of a new Master Plan, which will create increased space for CBMM’s core museum offerings—including exhibitions, education, and Shipyard. CBMM’s Master Plan process began in mid-2017, under the leadership of President Kristen Greenaway.

“CBMM’s Master Plan is a vision for CBMM’s campus for the next 20 years, and is designed to greatly enhance the guest experience,” said Greenaway. “The Master Plan will support CBMM’s mission and world-class maritime museum status by enabling CBMM to offer new and expanded programming.”

Through a competitive RFP, museum and education building specialist Ann Beha Architects of Boston, Mass., was chosen to develop CBMM’s Master Plan in July 2017. The process began with a series of visioning sessions, with input gathered from members of the community, CBMM’s Board of Governors and Friends Board, staff, and volunteers.

The scope of the plan is broad, addressing all facets of the physical campus, including new and re-oriented buildings, wayfinding, guest accessibility and comforts, and prioritizing CBMM’s natural, waterfront environment.

Phase I of the Master Plan consists of the construction of a new building for changing exhibitions, a long-term waterfowling exhibition, CBMM’s library and archives, and landscaping upgrades to Navy Point. The new facility will replace CBMM’s current Bay History and Waterfowling exhibition buildings, with the buildings’ artifacts to be relocated; demolition of the buildings is anticipated to begin in spring 2019. The new library and exhibition building is anticipated to open in 2020.

“This new facility offers a higher standard of climate control than we have anywhere, other than in our collections facility,” continued Greenaway. “It will also move our exhibitions and archival collections above the flood plain. Currently, both our Waterfowling and Bay History buildings are extremely vulnerable to flooding from storm surge events.”

CBMM’s Master Plan includes raising the grade of new buildings and walkways above regulated limits in anticipation of long-term needs. Other proposed changes include enhancements to the Navy Point lawn, and relocation of the Tolchester Beach Bandstand and Point Lookout Bell Tower to other locations within CBMM’s campus.

Rendering of the planned New Exhibition & Library Building in CBMM Master Plan.  Photo CBMM

“After the investigation of numerous options and alternatives, a very thoughtful and exciting campus vision has emerged—one that ticks all of the Master Plan objectives boxes,” commented CBMM Board of Governors Chair Diane Staley. “Still, there’s much work to be done before shovels touch earth.”

Three phases make up the Master Plan, with the scope and timeline expected to be six to eight years, contingent upon funding. Funding sources are planned to come from individual donations and naming opportunities, grants, and operations. Phases II and Phase III will focus on further expanding CBMM’s education and Shipyard capabilities.

The public is invited to a Community Forum on Tuesday, June 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, where CBMM will host a community conversation and share more information about the Master Plan.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. To learn more about the Master Plan, visit

Original story at CBMM News & Media.

Mystic Seaport Museum Launches New Brand Identity: Radical Craft. Get Into It.

On Tuesday, May 1, Mystic Seaport launched its new brand identity, strengthening its roots as an organization devoted to maintaining a strong connection to the American maritime experience while also moving confidently forward as a major 21st century cultural institution.

Mystic Seaport Museum President Steve White and Susan Funk, executive vice president and COO, celebrate the unveiling of the Museum's new name , logo and branding on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Photo: Elissa Bass/Mystic Seaport Museum.

The rebranding effort includes a new logo and the inclusion of “Museum” in the organization’s name (photo MSM).

As part of the rebranding, Mystic Seaport Museum unveiled a redesigned logo, website, and large-scale ad campaign on Tuesday, kicked off with the unveiling of new signage along Greenmanville Avenue. The launch is a key element of the Museum’s strategic plan to position itself as a more modern and relevant cultural center that continues to inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.

The organization’s new logo, in the color nautical orange, presents a sharp, bold visual identity in a shape that references the planks of a ship with the cascade of stacked vertical text representing waves approaching shore.

“Today’s audiences value the community that a museum creates,” said Steve White, president of Mystic Seaport Museum. “By restoring the word ‘Museum’ to our name, we celebrate and showcase history while making a space for people to talk and think about issues that matter to them. Museums are contemporary centers of community and discourse and we are updating our identity to reflect that role.”

Mystic Seaport Museum’s new tagline, “Radical Craft.  Get Into It.” will anchor its new advertising campaign debuting this month. It is an action-oriented statement that shines the light on the Museum as a place that celebrates immersive experiences, craft and the evolution of seafaring innovation that was radical in its time. The ad campaign will feature the outstanding imagery created by the Museum’s photography staff.

“This new direction signifies the commitment of the Museum’s Board of Trustees to connect with, and inspire, the broadest possible communities, and to communicate the freshness and relevance of the Museum’s programs and exhibitions,” said J. Barclay Collins, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mystic Seaport Museum.

Carbone Smolan Agency, an independent design-led branding agency that has worked with organizations such as Musee de Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and Christies served as the agency of record for the Museum’s rebrand and launch.

Reposted from Mystic Seaport News , April 30, 2018.

Emergency Preparedness: Because There May Come a Day…

cid:image003.jpg@01D3DE3B.BFD6D2C0Our friends at the Smithsonian directed us to the MayDay initiative where each year, museums, archives, and libraries set aside the month of May to participate in MayDay, a global effort encouraging cultural institutions to do one simple thing for emergency preparedness. 

This MayDay archived article from the Smithsonian Institution from MAY 3, 2016, BY Alison Reppert Gerber highlights several ways to observe this tradition:

Riding in on the coattails of Preservation Week, MayDay is an annual tradition where libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in preparation activities for potential collections emergencies and disasters. First established by the Society of American Archivists and Heritage Preservation, and now taken on by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation, MayDay can be observed in several ways:

  • Revisit your emergency preparedness plan. If you already have one in place, take time to reexamine elements that may have changed in the last year – contact information, emergency team roles, salvage priorities, etc. If you don’t have a plan quite yet, sit down and make a realistic timeline for its development.
  • Participate in workshops and lectures covering emergency response and recovery. Having a written response plan is important, but understanding the hands-on salvage and recovery process can be invaluable if/when you find yourself in the situation. Sign up for local workshops to hone your skills, or, if you have the expertise, run your own workshop for local organizations!
  • Inventory and replenish your emergency supplies. You may have used up some of your supplies over the last year for small emergencies or other collection activities. Take the time to inventory and replenish any supplies that may be missing from your kits.
  • Don’t forget about the safety of your staff and volunteers! The safety of people always comes first. Lead a building evacuation and identify areas for improvement. Conduct a walkthrough of collection and office spaces and remove any potential hazards, such as boxes blocking a hallway, improper storage of chemicals (including cleaning supplies), and office ergonomics. Make sure that emergency exits, shelter-in-place locations, and evacuation routes are all clearly labeled.
Emergency supplies.

Organizing your supplies in plastic bins make them easy to grab during an emergency, 04/26/2016, by Alison Reppert Gerber, SIA.

The idea of creating an emergency preparedness and response plan, or simply revisiting an existing one, may be a bit daunting and tough to know where to start. Luckily, there are lots of resources out there that can help you in the initial planning phase. Here are a few key elements that I think are vital to include in, and tailor to, your unique plan.

  • Clearly-defined staff roles – Each organization is unique not only in terms of their collections, but also in staff size and expertise. Identify who will be responsible for what during an emergency, and write it down in position descriptions. Here at SIA, the four roles we’ve identified for our emergency response team are: Emergency Coordinator, Assistant Emergency Coordinator, Emergency Recovery Coordinator, and Emergency Registrar.
    Emergency supplies.

    Inventory and replenish your emergency supplies on May 1, 04/26/2016, by Alison Reppert Gerber, SIA

  • Salvage priorities – Get to know your collection well. Meet with other staff members and identify the highest priority collection materials based on factors such as: intellectual value, instability of materials, overall preservation concerns, use by researchers and scholars, and appraised value. Include dimensions and locations in your list to aid in the recovery process.
  • Local emergency suppliers and contacts – When disaster strikes, you will need to know what companies are in your local geographic region that have the expertise to aid emergency activities such as moving collections, freezing and freeze-drying, mold remediation, digital data recovery, and dehumidification. Create and maintain a list of these vendors so that if you find yourself in the midst of a disaster, you know who to contact for help.

No matter how you choose to celebrate MayDay, just make sure you do ONE thing. Dust off those plans and make sure you’re ready! Additionally, if you report your fun and innovative emergency preparation activities to Gaylord Archival, you’ll be entered for a chance to win emergency supplies, including spill pillows, weatherproof paper, and a water detector.

Additional Resources for your consideration:

Related Resources

Talking and Doing About Emergency Preparation, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives
May Day Motto: Be Prepared, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives
What to Do When More Than a Few Papers Get Wet, The Bigger Picture, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Excerpted from the Smithsonian Institution Archives Blog

Naval History and Heritage Command Seeking Supervisory Staff Curator

There is a new posting on USAJOBS for the Supervisory Staff Curator (Museum Management) in the Collection Management Division of NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND.  USAJOBS posting HERE

Note the quick turn around time with open and close dates: Open & closing dates 04/26/2018 to 05/02/2018.

This is a permanent, full-time position with a competitive salary of: $96,970 to $126,062 per year at GS 13 pay grade.

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Immediate Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy: Washington Navy Yard, District of Columbia


  • You will serve as a Supervisory Staff Curator and perform a variety of routine and special duties in connection with the administration of the Curator Branch.
  • You will be responsible for oversight of the Collection Management Facility at Defense Supply Center Richmond.
  • You will be responsible for the day to day management of the artifact collection and tasked with implementing branch strategic initiatives such as the artifact baselines reset and backlog elimination projects.
  • You will answer technical and general inquiries from internal stakeholders as well as external partners on the accountability and conservation of historical properties in the collection.

Call for Papers for the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s 8th Annual Classic Yacht Symposium

HMM’s biennial Classic Yacht Symposium is “like Woodstock for Classic Yacht enthusiasts.”

The 8th Annual Classic Yacht Symposium is scheduled for March 22-24, 2019.  Over the course of three days, attendees will visit restoration shops to ogle projects in progress, debate the definition of “classic”, attend sessions with a variety of scholarly papers on a range of subjects presented by their authors, and bond with fellow classic yacht enthusiasts over adult refreshments.

CYS is unique in its special collaborative atmosphere because the event attracts a mix of owners, designers, builders and enthusiasts who gather biannually to celebrate the fine yachts of a bygone era and share their thoughts on the challenges of preserving, restoring, replicating, sailing and racing them.

Three Special Days of Classic Yachts including…

  • Ten Great Papers by Experts/Owners 
  • Shop Visits: Active Projects
  • Evening Panel Discussion
  • Museum Campus Visit & Exhibits
  • Evening Social Events

For 2019, CYS will be jointly produced by the Herreshoff Marine Museum and the Classic Yacht Owners Association.

Please click here to download the 2019 Call for Papers. Deadline May 31, 2018

Prospective authors can find instructions for papers by clicking here.

Photo Herreshoff Marine Museum


Lois McClure’s Summer 2018 GlassBarge Tour: A Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and South Street Seaport Partnership

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s 2018 summer partnership with Corning Museum of Glass and South Street Seaport is a unique four-month GlassBarge Tour combining resources, venues and collections to tell a compelling New York maritime story.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) today announced the summer 2018 tour stops for Lois McClure, the museum’s full scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat constructed in Burlington, Vermont. Lois McClure will accompany the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) GlassBarge this summer as they retrace the historic move of Flint Glass Works from Brooklyn to Corning, NY via canal where the company became Corning Glass Works, today known as Corning Incorporated.


The Lois McClure (photo LCMM)

Aboard Lois McClure, trained historians, educators, and archaeologists will welcome the public to visit with the crew and learn about history of the canal systems and the momentous trip of Corning Glass.  In addition, the public will be able to see free glass-making demonstrationsaboard the GlassBarge at each scheduled stop.

Lois McClure begins the five month tour on May 17 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.  She will accompany the GlassBarge to Corning, with stops at ports in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Albany, Little Falls, Sylvan Beach, Baldwinsville, Fairport, Lockport, Buffalo, Medina, Brockport, Pittsford, Seneca Falls, and Watkins Glen. The ceremonial arrival in Corning will be marked by a community-wide celebration on September 22. After this celebration Lois McClure will depart and head home to Burlington, VT alone. She will make more stops along the way and will arrive in Burlington, Vermont on October 6 for a community-wide celebration to welcome her return home after a 2 year absence. On the weekend of her arrival, a CMoG mobile hot glass shop, will joinLois McClure in Burlington to provide free public glassmaking demonstrations.

Lois McClure is 88’ long and weighs 74 gross tons. She is gaff-rigged with no auxiliary power. When operating in the canal system she is propelled by LCMM’s 1964 wooden tug C.L. Churchill. When she is on open water, she operates under sail. Lois McClure is the only example of an 1860s class canal boat anywhere in the world and she is an exact replica of the boats that worked the canal system in the time of Corning’s historic move.

“The Erie Canal system changed the lives and livelihoods for tens of thousands of people. Innovations like the sailing canal boats of the 1800s changed the way people and materials moved, and were instrumental in the growth of the northeastern United States and Canada,” said Erick Tichonuk, captain of Lois McClure and co-Executive Director of the Lake ChamplainMaritime Museum. “This year we embark on our largest tour yet with Lois McClure. We’re very excited to accompany the Corning Museum of Glass to retrace the historic journey from Brooklyn to Corning, NY on canal schooners much like Lois McClure. It’s an epic voyage of the arts and humanities, free and open to the public.”

Lois McClure Ports of Call
May 17-28: Brooklyn Bridge Park
June 1-3: Yonkers
June 8-10: Poughkeepsie
June 15-17: Kingston
June 21-24: Albany/Troy/Waterford
June 30-July 1: Little Falls
July 7-8: Sylvan Beach
July 13-15: Baldwinsville
July 20-22: Fairport
July 28-29: Lockport
August 3-5: Buffalo
August 11-12: Medina
August 17-19: Brockport
August 24-26: Pittsford
September 1-3: Seneca Falls
September 14-16: Watkins Glen
September 22: Corning

Visiting and Additional Information
Lois McClure will be open to the public for tours and to engage with and learn from our team of trained historians, archaeologists, and mariners. Tours are first-come, first-served and do not require registration. South Street Seaport Museum representatives will also be on hand to talk about their historic tug W.O. Decker that will be moving Corning’s GlassBarge along the waterways.

GlassBarge will provide daily demonstrations from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. All demos are approximately 30 minutes long, and reservations are strongly encouraged through free timed tickets that will be available at Registration will be live 4-6 weeks prior to each stop. Demos can also be viewed from shore without a reservation.

Lois McClure is possible with generous support from New York State Canal CorporationState of VermontLake Champlain Transportation Co.Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership,Cabot CreameryLake Champlain ChocolatesSwitchback Brewing Co., and the McClure family.

We’d also like to thank our partners Corning Museum of Glass and South Street Seaport.

About Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes opened its doors as a non-profit museum in 1986. Beginning in an original historic stone schoolhouse, its waterfront campus has grown to over a dozen buildings serving upwards of 3,500 students and 12,000 visitors and researchers each year through nautical exploration, pedagogy and experiential learning adventures. We inspire students to ‘Learn from the Lake’ and make valuable connections between the discoveries made through underwater research and historical exploration and the future of their communities and the world around them. The museum campus is open from May 26 to October 14 with summer camps, workshops, special programs, and exhibits. Learn more at

 Courtesy of Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Call for Papers and Registration for the 28th Meeting of the Artefacts Consortium in Chicago

The Adler Planetarium is proud to host the 28th meeting of the Artefacts Consortium in Chicago USA!  Registration and paper submission are now open. 


October 14-16, 2018
Adler Planetarium
Chicago, USA

 Artefacts Consortium 

The Artefacts Consortium is an international association of historians in museums and academic institutions who share the goal of promoting the use of objects in serious historical studies. Artefacts meetings are opportunities for professionals to explore the use, care, and interpretation of objects and collections.

 Meeting Theme: Relevance of Collections

 The 2018 Artefacts meeting will explore how museums and related institutions have defined and maintained the relevance of their collections. This follows up on themes explored in previous Artefacts meetings and described in the volume Challenging Collections from the Artefacts XVI meeting. As the editors note in the introduction to this volume, museums today “must balance a number of functions, not always mutually compatible: exhibition, preservation, research, and education. …  the nature of museums’ relationships with their public has shifted from one of unquestioned authority to a partner in dialogue” (Boyle and Hagmann 2017). At the same time, humanities scholars have had increased interest in objects, collections, and museums.  For a range of stakeholders, collections provoke questions of status and purpose that are, organizational, social, and intellectual.

 As context and events changed how museums operate, how have scholars at museums and other institutions approached the relevance of collections? In what way have interpretations changed depending on prevalent historiography and motivations of the interpreter? What is the impact of changing techniques available for examining objects? How do institutions prioritize acquisitions and displays for their collections? How has the growing importance of digital access affected the role of collections? More generally, in what ways are history collections relevant to broader society?

 This meeting will allow scholars within and outside the museum community to explore how the relevance of museum collections has changed through history. It will also enable museum professionals to pose challenging questions about the present and future of relevance of collections.

 Call for Papers

 The deadline for submitting papers and session proposals is July 20We particularly welcome paper and session proposals addressing the following topics:  

 – Collections and artifacts in the identity and public image of museums and similar institutions
– Shifts in the scope and focus of collecting while balancing scholarly activities and public engagement
– Shifts in object interpretation and display in response to societal changes and pressures
– The place of scholarly inquiry in shaping the maintenance, development, and use of collections
– Challenges in setting priorities for the use and maintenance of collection
– The role of digital collections in museum practice and audience engagement.


 Please use the links below for more information.
Registration, Paper Submission, and Lodging information
Artefacts Consortium