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Maine Maritime Museum Seeks Chief Curator

Maine Maritime Museum, an internationally recognized cultural institution located on the Kennebec River in Bath, seeks a Chief Curator to replace the museum’s longtime Senior Curator, who is retiring in April of 2017. The Chief Curator will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum continue to grow and excel. The Chief Curator leads a curatorial staff of two plus interns and volunteers, and provides the creative leadership and management of the Museum’s historic object, library, and archival collections; changing and permanent exhibits; and publications program.

See Chief Curator Job Announcement for more details.

Submitted by Amy Lent, Executive Director, Maine Maritime Museum, June 6, 2016

Application Period Open for 2016 Maritime Heritage Grants

Approximately $1.7 million in National Maritime Heritage Grants for education or preservation projects are available for 2016. Proposals for grants will be accepted from May 23 until August 5, 2016. Education projects can request $15,000-50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-200,000. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive and requires a 1-to-1 match with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources. Project funds are disbursed from the Maritime Heritage Program directly to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), who make subgrants to applicants.

Applicants must submit their complete application packages through the website. Organizations not yet registered or familiar with must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register: It will take up to two weeks for your account to be processed before you can submit your application. Do not wait until the last minute to register with and the system for award management (SAM); application extensions will not be granted for incomplete or SAM registration.

Goto NPS Maritime Heritage Grants website for full details.

Excerpted from NPS website, May 23, 2016

Query for the Membership

Art Sulzer with the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler is seeking guidance from the membership:

“While our museum has been around for over 25 years and our history goes back to the founding of the school in 1874, we do not really have a professional staff and are certainly not professional historians, curator or archivists. . . .  [Here] are a few questions to other CAMM members for their guidance based on their museum experience.

 1) Inventory–We presently use Past Perfect 4.0 and are considering 5.0, or is there a better software to consider?

2) Looking for information on a system that lets museum visitors use a cell phone for guided tours or use a barcode through their phone like they can at Kalmar Nyckel’s exhibit.

3) Information on writing /developing Executive Director, Curator, Administrative Assistant and Board Member job descriptions.”

Please email your thoughts to

Art plans to summarize his findings and we will include them on our “Members Only” page.

Submitted by Dr. Art Sulzer, Maritime Industry Museum Board member, May 19, 2016


Mystic Seaport Seeks Director of Annual Fund

The Director of Annual Fund will be a member of the senior fundraising team in a high-energy, high achieving Advancement Department, responsible for the overall direction of a comprehensive Annual Fund program at Mystic Seaport-The Museum of America and the Sea. The successful candidate will develop, oversee and execute a plan to ensure year over year incremental growth and long term success of the Museum’s Annual Fund. Central to the Museum’s strategic plan, an amplified annual giving program will be required to address the institution’s on-going operational needs and to ensure the long term sustainability of the institution. Building on the last three years of growth in the program, the Director of Annual Fund will be responsible for the strategies and tactics to further enhance a robust program.

See full Director of Annual Fund Job Announcement

Submitted by Steve White, May 12, 2016

Maritime Museums Seek Grant Funding Changes

Tim Runyan and others in the CAMM community are quoted in a new Maritime Executive article on MARAD’s ship disposal program.  According to the article:

“From 1994 to 2010, MARAD was required to provide 25 percent of the excess revenue of ship disposal to a matching grant program for maritime heritage organizations – museums, training programs and related groups, the majority of them non-profits. A legislative amendment in 2010 lifted that requirement, permitting the agency to spend the funds on either the grant program or on its own maritime heritage efforts.”

“Dr. Timothy J. Runyan, a professor at East Carolina University and chair of the 1,000-member National Maritime Alliance, says that heritage organizations have not seen enough of that 25 percent over the years, either before 2010 or after. Only three rounds of grants have been awarded so far, in 1998, 2015 and 2016. The long gap between rounds overlapped with the recession and a sharp decline in private funding for the non-profit sector, including donations to heritage organizations. Runyan says that MARAD should have prioritized ‘getting funds out to America’s maritime heritage community . . . [which was] struggling with reduced contributions and visitation during the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.'”

“. . . To address these concerns, Runyan is working with Denise Krepp, a representative for ship recyclers and a former chief counsel for MARAD, on a legislative solution. Their efforts – which they describe as a years-long, difficult process – are beginning to bear fruit, despite alleged opposition from MARAD. Elements of their proposal are winning the support of prominent elected officials from both parties, including Senators David Vitter, Bill Cassidy and Roger Wicker, and Representatives Randy Forbes, Garret Graves, Duncan Hunter, and Donald Norcross.”

“If successful, their language will be included in the final version of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, expected in August. The amendment would restore the 25 percent allocation for heritage grants and compel MARAD to give an account of funds from ship disposals. . . .”

See full article by Paul Benecki, published in the Maritime Executive, May 10, 2016

Why The Ocean Matters, On Earth Day and Every Day

Neill book coverPeter Neill’s new book, The Once and Future Ocean: Notes Toward a New Hydraulic Society, offers an invitation to change the way we see and interact with the world.
According to the book release, “The ocean holds the key to humanity’s survival. At a time when the world faces a multitude of potential calamities, from climate change to a struggling oil industry to rapid population growth, author and environmentalist Peter Neill, Director of the World Ocean Observatory, argues that the time is now to begin organizing our social, financial and political order around water in all its forms, places and uses.”

The book, “offers a bold vision for a practical and possible future, based on a revolutionary paradigm shift toward a ‘new hydraulic society’ that can be implemented through the political will of individuals who understand the necessity for change, the logic of a new moral alternative, and the reality of the consequences if we fail to act in time.”

“Ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable, specific ideas and solutions for preserving the health of the world ocean, The Once and Future Ocean relies heavily on the scientific community’s contribution to information about the world ocean and is written with a deep familiarity with ocean policy. It is presented as a personal realization—equally rewarding read in one sitting or in segments—and is intended for a wide audience of ocean lovers–not limited to experts, academics, or policy-makers.”

The Once and Future Ocean aspires to do nothing less than transform our relationship with the world’s most promising and imperiled natural element: the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for all aspects of human survival. Accessible, powerful, persuasive, and lyrical, Neill’s new book is the clarion call for the ocean as the place that we must turn for fresh water, food, energy, health, political stability, security, community development, and personal renaissance. It argues for invention, new solutions, new answers to fundamental questions, and a new relationship built around the ocean as an inspiration for new ways of living that are within our grasp if only we have the courage to take hold.”

Submitted by Trisha Badger, Managing Director, World Ocean Observatory, April 22, 2016