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Important Advocacy Request from the American Alliance of Museums

unnamedTrump Budget Proposes Billions in Cuts, Including Elimination of IMLS, NEH and NEA

This morning, the Trump Administration formally proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in its preliminary budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. These eliminations are part of a package that the administration projects would cut $54 billion in domestic spending in order to offset an identical increase in defense spending. Although a full budget proposal is not expected from the Administration until May, this document also appears to target museum-related programs at the Department of Education, the Department of State, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“While these proposals from the Trump Administration were rumored for some time, they are no less alarming and disturbing to see released today. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other programs play an essential role in helping museums make the arts and the humanities accessible to all Americans,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “It is Congress-not the President-that will ultimately determine funding levels for these vital agencies. After a record-setting presence at Museums Advocacy Day 2017, the Alliance will continue to work with our allies to build on Congress’ tradition of strong bipartisan support for these agencies. We hope you will join our efforts today.”

Congressional Budget Process Kicks Off; Make Your Voice Heard

Over the next few weeks, members of Congress will begin to inform the House and Senate Appropriations Committees-which have jurisdiction over this area of federal spending-which programs they believe should receive funding in Fiscal Year 2018. Those committees will then strongly consider this information as they begin writing funding bills. As part of this process, U.S. Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and David McKinley (R-WV) as well as U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are circulating letters of support for the IMLS Office of Museum Services.

Ask your members of Congress to sign on in support of the Office of Museum Services

While some legislators in both parties have already expressed skepticism about the budget proposal, this is the first time that a president has ever called for eliminating any of these agencies. Find out how much funding museums in your state get from IMLS, NEH, and NEA with our State Snapshots, and tell your legislators to support NEH and NEA today.

Want to do more to #SpeakUpforMuseums? Use our tools to make the case to Capitol Hill and in your community.


Maritime Documentation Positions Available with the National Park Service

The National Park Service is seeking applications from qualified students and recent graduates for several projects to document historic ships and small craft with measured drawings and historical research papers for inclusion in the HABS/HAER Collections at the Library of Congress.  Projects will be based in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC.  The projects will take place over the summer.  Two positions may be available for a year.
Ena FINAL D-Plan & Profile SHEET 1

Vessel documentation includes producing drawings, such as the above example from the Fantail Launch Ena. Photo NPS

We are looking for skills in vessel documentation including the use of hand/digital measuring techniques and computer aided drafting, especially preparing lines drawings and historical/descriptive research papers dealing with ships and/or small craft.
Please submit drawing samples and/or research papers to Todd Croteau at:

The National Maritime Awards Dinner Honors Three Renowned Individuals and Organizations at the Mayflower Hotel on April 4, 2017

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS), in association with the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF), will host the National Maritime Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the elegant, historic and iconic Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Three prestigious individuals and organizations will be honored with Distinguished Service Awards for their significant contribution to America’s maritime heritage. 

This gala event will bring together those who love and serve the sea—including leaders of the military sea services, merchant marine and maritime industry; maritime authors and artists; oceanographers, sea explorers and scientists; competitive yachtsmen; philanthropists and government officials who have supported America’s maritime heritage; industrial and pleasure boat designers and builders; cruise lines operators; maritime educators; and maritime educational institutions and museums.

Funds raised support the education initiatives of both organizations.

The National Maritime Historical Society will present its Distinguished Service Award to Conservation  International, an American non-profit environmental organization, and its chairman and founder Peter A. Seligmann, on the occasion of CI’s 30th anniversary. Conservation International has had a tremendous impact on the health of the world’s oceans and shorelines. The organization spearheads the Ocean Health Index and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition, comprising 60+ international organizations. The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will be presented by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

The NMHS Distinguished Service Award will also be given to the National Geographic Society for its extraordinary achievements in chronicling mankind’s relationship with the water and educating tens of millions of readers and viewers about global maritime heritage. It has introduced generation after generation to maritime cultures around the globe and how they have contributed to our civilization. National Geographic magazine is currently published in 40 local-language editions around the world. Combined English and other language circulation is around 6.8 million monthly. Gary Knell, president and CEO of the National Geographic Society, will accept the award, which will be presented by internationally-recognized underwater explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, discoverer of the wreck of the Titanic.

The Naval Historical Foundation will present its Distinguished Service Award to Dr. J. Phillip London, executive chairman and chairman of the board of CACI International Inc. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Dr. London served twelve years of active duty in the US Navy as a naval aviator, which included involvement in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. He retired as a Navy Reserve Captain in 1983. Dr. London serves on the board of directors of NHF, the US Navy Memorial Foundation, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and CAUSE (Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services). He is a strong advocate and long-time supporter of naval heritage. The NHF Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. London by Admiral William J. Fallon, USN (Ret.), NHF’s chairman.

Gary Jobson
, world-class competitive sailor, sailing television commentator and author, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, vice president of the International Sailing Federation, past president of US Sailing, and NMHS overseer, will be the Master of Ceremonies. Entertainment will be provided by the United States Coast Guard Academy Cadet Singers, directed by Dr. Robert Newton. A highlight of the presentation will be videos of the honorees, produced by award-winning producer/director Richardo Lopes of XXL Media.

The National Maritime Historical Society is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of maritime heritage and the role seafaring has played in shaping civilization. The Society publishes Sea History, a quarterly maritime journal, and seeks to educate about extraordinary maritime accomplishments and their continuing relevance for prosperity and cultural vitality.  Initiatives encompass publications, educational programs, sail training and preservation of historic ships.

The Naval Historical Foundation is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us and serving to educate and inspire the generations who will follow. The Foundation supports the Navy’s history programs and its flagship museum in Washington, D.C.  In addition, NHF has a robust education outreach program, co-sponsoring publications and symposium on a wide variety of naval history topics.

The National Maritime Awards Dinner Committee consists of leadership from Tall Ships America, Historic Naval Ships Association, Smithsonian, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, The Mariners’ Museum, American Merchant Marine Museum, Sultana Education Projects, Historic Ships of Baltimore, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, the Mariners’ Museum and the North Carolina Maritime Museum, among its many members.

Tickets to the dinner are $275 and sponsorship opportunities are available.   For more information or to make a reservation for this gala, visit the website at, call 914 737-7878 or email


CNO Naval History Essay Contest 2017


The Challenge:
The Sea Services have a rich history. There is much to be learned from history on multiple fronts—people, battles, strategy, tactics, leadership, values, traditions. While the Office of the Chief Naval Operations (CNO) invites you to write on a naval historical topic of your choice, your essay should relate in some way to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today’s environment. The essay should provide your readers with a lesson learned from history that can be applied to today.

Prior Publication: Your essay must be original, not been previously published (online or in print) or being considered for publication elsewhere.

Prizes: (Two categories)

Professional Historians: U.S. and international professional historians (historian jobs including history museum curators, history teachers/professors, PhDs, published history authors.
$5,000 — First Prize
$2,500 — Second Prize
$1,500 — Third Prize

Rising Historians: U.S. Sea Service-wide active, reserve, retired, and civilians not included in above.
$5,000 — First Prize
$2,500 — Second Prize
$1,500 — Third Prize

Note: All winners will be recognized by CNO at the plenary session of the McMullen Naval History Symposium, U.S. Naval Academy, September 2017. First Prize Winners will be published in Naval History magazine and online with Naval History and Heritage Command. Other essays may be published in Naval History or Proceedings or online by the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Judging: This contest is judged in the blind. The Judging Committee will be comprised of senior staff from the U.S. Naval Institute, U.S. Naval Academy, Naval War College, Naval History and Heritage Command, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and one distinguished naval historian from outside the Navy.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Word count: 3,500 words maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources)
  • Email essays to by 30 June 2017
  • Include CNO Naval History Essay Contest on subject line of email
  • Include word count on title page of essay but do not include your name on title page or within essay
  • Provide separate attachment to include biography and complete contact information— i.e., work, home, and cell phone numbers; and home mailing address
  • For more details about this contest please visit

Memberships: All prize winners receive one-year memberships in the U.S. Naval Institute and one-year subscriptions to Naval History magazine.

About Naval Institute Essay Contests

Essay contests have been central to the work of the Naval Institute for more than 130 years. They directly fulfill the Institute’s educational mission by encouraging writing on issues of concern to the Sea Services. They provide thought-provoking articles that spur ongoing discussion of these same issues, not only in Naval Institute media, print and digital, but also in other leading defense and national security forums.

Job Posting:  Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Seeks Crew for Schooner Lois McClure Tour

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has numerous crew positions open aboard the replica 1862 Canal Schooner Lois McClure.  Based on the archaeological remains of shipwrecks Lois McClure was built and launched in Burlington, Vermont.  For the past 13 years she has been traveling the northeast, interpreting the shared history along the inland waterways.


The Canal Schooner Lois McClure.  Photo: LCMM

During the 2017 Legacy Tour, which begins in June and ends in October, we’ll be commemorating the 200th anniversary of canal construction by traversing the Champlain and Erie Canals.  Tour theme includes the interconnected relationship between our forests and waterways.  All crew positions will be involved in vessel operations as well as historic interpretation and education.  For more information and complete job descriptions visit:


The Lois McClure in the Lake Champlain Canal. Photo: LCMM



Job Posting: USS Constitution Museum seeks Public Historian

The USS Constitution Museum seeks a full-time public historian to support the museum’s mission. As the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, the USS Constitution Museum preserves, displays, and interprets collections related to the Ship and her crew through interactive exhibitions, compelling programs, and engaging outreach initiatives.


USS Constitution Museum, Boston, Massachusetts.

The public historian manages projects related to the history and interpretation of the ship; makes collections accessible through exhibitions, website platforms, and publications; research on all aspects of the ship’s history (1794-present); writes for and communicates with a broad range of audiences, including scholars, students, families, and the general public; publishes findings online and in print; responds to reference inquiries that are historical, maritime, and genealogical in nature; identifies and researches potential acquisitions; teaches the ship’s history naval personnel who interpret the ship to the public; works with museum staff and trustees to develop and build an ongoing speaker and program series; and speaks publicly to a variety of audiences and serves as an ambassador the USS Constitution Museum.

Candidate must have strong communication (writing and speaking) and research skills.  The museum is a highly collaborative environment, and the candidate must be a strong collaborator. Academic background (MA required) in US History.  Previous experience working in public history or in a museum/historic site required. Knowledge of or experience in maritime/naval history preferred.  Public speaking experience required. Interested individuals should send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to by March 1, 2017. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Maine Maritime Museum Names Chief Curator

Bath, Maine – Maine Maritime Museum has named Anne Witty Chief Curator, replacing Senior Curator Nathan Lipfert, who will be retiring in April 2017, after spending more than four decades at the museum. Witty began her new role January 17, 2017, enabling a substantial transition period prior to Lipfert’s spring departure. Witty is enthusiastic about returning to Maine Maritime Museum, having previously served as curator from 2000 to 2003.


Anne Witty, new Chief Curator at Maine Maritime Museum.  Photo: MMM

“As a curator, I am an enthusiastic advocate for collections — and also a storyteller. I look forward to sharing the surprising and diverse stories contained in the museum’s maritime collections,” she said.

Witty brings to the museum a deep understanding of maritime culture and extensive experience in all aspects of museum management.  Since 2004, Witty has served as assistant curator of the Peary-MacMillan Museum at Bowdoin College. She has prior experience at Mystic Seaport, Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Winterthur Museum, and has held consulting positions, fellowships, and internships at museums across the U.S. and Europe.

Amy Lent, executive director of the museum said, “We are all enthusiastic about the new curatorial leadership that will build on everything that Nathan has done. He will be leaving an incredible legacy and Anne Witty was our first choice to take over the curatorial leadership after Nathan retires. She has a wealth of experience on a national level, but also understands this museum and our Maine maritime heritage very well. She brings the ideal balance of respect for the past and enthusiasm for the future.”

About Maine Maritime Museum                                                                          

Maine Maritime Museum is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage through gallery exhibits, an historic shipyard, educational programs, a research library, and narrated excursions along area waterways.  Call (207) 443-1316 or visit for more information. 243 Washington Street, Bath, Maine, 04530.