Category Archives: Professional Meetings

ICMM Newsletter

Have you seen the latest ICMM Newsletter?  The 3rd quarter issue for 2016 contains articles from around the globe . . .

“Asia is well represented by China, Hong Kong and Korea; South America, specifically Chile, has a story about a 19th century naval battle, as well as more news about the 2017 ICMM Congress in Valparaiso; Germany flies the flag for Europe and, of course, the President’s message is from the USA as is another naval story; and from the Pacific, Australia tells a grim story.”

As most of you are aware the next International Congress of Maritime Museums will take place 15-20 October, 2017The 18th Congress will be hosted by the National Maritime Museum, Valparaiso, Chile. More information is available on the ICMM website. The deadline for the Call for Papers is November 17, 2016.

Submitted by Steve White, ICMM President, August 17, 2016.

ICMM to Meet in Chile in 2017

Steve White presenting at 2015 ICMM in Hong Kong

Steve White at 2015 ICMM Meeting in Hong Kong

Steve White became president of the International Congress of Maritime Museums (ICMM) at their November 2015 meeting in Hong Kong. Twenty countries were represented at this meeting hosted by the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. In his President’s Page message after the meeting, Steve stated “In Hong Kong, we explored the past and the heritage of trade while looking from the present and into the future in a port that is one of the global leaders in maritime trade today. In this environment, we were confronted with the juxtaposition of past and present, and thanks to a well-planned Congress, including our trip to Macau and to several museums in Macau and Hong Kong, the overall program illuminated our understanding of these parallel worlds.”

The next Congress is set for October 15-20, 2017, in Valparaiso, Chile. According to Steve, “It will be our first time in South America, and I ask all members to please put our bi-annual event on your calendar and to plan for the expense in your budgets.  The program planning committee is already beginning its work under the direction of Kristen Greenaway (Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum).  The theme for the program and the congress is DISCOVERIES! which is appropriate for our first congress in South America as we discover the rich and diverse maritime history of a country that includes the iconic Cape Horn.  Please visit our website from time to time to see more information regarding this important Congress.”

Extracted from the ICMM newslettter and website by Candace Clifford, April 11, 2016

U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association’s Annual Meeting

Photo courtesy of Belle of Louisville.

Photo courtesy of Belle of Louisville.

The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association will hold its annual meeting aboard the former Life-Saving Station Number 10, now docked by the Belle of Louisville, October 6-8, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. The Life-Saving Service, and later the U.S. Coast Guard, had 3 floating vessels serving this station from 1881 to 1972.

For more information visit the USLSSHA website.

News from AIC Collection Care Network

First, there is a full program in Montreal that is of particular interest to our collection care partners during the joint annual meeting of both the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Canadian Association for Conservation (Association Canadienne pour la Conservation et la Restauration) (CAC-ACCR). The meeting is planned for May 13 – 17, 2016. To see the slate of offerings, please visit:

Second, the Journal of American Institute for Conservation (JAIC) is seeking submissions for a “Collection Care” special issue. Papers are welcome across the full spectrum of collection care activities, from communication and advocacy to technical specifications. This Journal volume seeks to represent the diverse acts of preventive conservation and the work of all of those who facilitate preservation and access. The responsibility for collection care is not limited to conservators but rather is a collaborative process among allied professionals such as facility managers, curators, registrars, preparators, collection managers, security staff, archivists, exhibit designers, architects, and maintenance staff (among others), who work together to mitigate or manage collection risks. Authors are invited to submit an abstract and article outline for consideration by the special issue editors with final article submissions due April 1, 2016. Please send inquiries and submissions to Mary Coughlin at

Submitted by Gretchen Guidess, AIC Collection Care Network

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Museum Small Craft Association Annual Meeting

Monday, October 5 – Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St Michaels, Maryland

The 2015 Museum Small Craft Association Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, and Tuesday, October 6, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels, Maryland. Museum small craft professionals and others who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research are invited.Presentations and discussions on a variety of small craft and museum related topics will include:

  • Schooner Hebride 2, Roger Marsters, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • International Small Craft Renaissance, Lance Lee,  Scholarshipwrights
  • Monomoy Drill Boat, Al Klineberger, Dover Falls Foundation
  • Deaccession Decisions, Craig Bruns and Mark Donohue,  Independence Seaport
  • Strategic Acquisitions, Lyles Forbes, Mariners Museum
  • New Boat Shop, Michael Jones, Pinellas County Living Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Project Planning,  Michael Jones, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
  • Edna Lockwood Documentation, Todd Croteau, National Park Service
  • MSCA 40th anniversary, Past Present and Future of Small Craft, Moderator David Cockey
  • Howard Chapelle (1901-1975) His Legacy Today, Pete Lesher, CBMM, and others

Other activities will include a Behind the Scenes Tour of the museum’s working boat yard and the curatorial areas, and a field trip to a local boatbuilder and the museum’s offsite boat storage area. Participants will be able to report on their institutions and organizations during Museum Reports. Monday evening will feature a cruise on the Miles River aboard the museum’s buyboat, Winnie Estelle, followed by dinner at the nearby Town Dock restaurant. Lunches will be provided on both days. There will also be time for informal discussions and to tour the museum


The registration fee is $85 and includes lunch both days, the Monday evening cruise on the Winnie Estelle, and dinner Monday at the Town Dock restaurant. Guests of meeting participants will be accommodated on the cruise on a space available basis, and may join the dinner Monday evening for $35. To register send the attached form with check made out to “Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum” to: CBMM, 213 North Talbot St, St Michaels, MD 21663  attn: Richard Scofield. For payment by credit card call Patti Miller, CBMM accountant, at 410-745-4954. Please register by September 25 if possible.

MSCA 2015 Registration Form


The museum has reserved a block of rooms for MSCA meeting participants from Sunday night through Tuesday night at the St Michaels Inn (formerly Best Western St Michaels) which is 2 miles from the museum. Rate is $89.99 / night. Phone number is 410-745-3333. Ask for a room in the Museum Small Craft Association block.  St Michaels also has several other inns and bed & breakfast establishments, and accommodations are also available in Easton, approximately 12 miles from the museum. Camping on the museum grounds will not be available during the MSCA Meeting.

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

The MSCA meeting is preceded by the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held from the afternoon of Friday, October 2 through mid-day on Sunday, October 4. Registration for MASCF is separate from MSCA Meeting registration, and MASCF participants may camp on the museum grounds for MASCF only. More information about MASCF and a link to online MASCF registration is available at

For more information about the meeting and the Museum Small Craft Association visit or contact David Cockey

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum visit

Submitted by David Cockey, Museum Small Craft Association, August 25, 2015

AIC & CAC-ACCR 2016 Joint Annual Meeting & Conference: Call for Papers

The theme for the American Institute for Conservation’s 44th Annual Meeting, held jointly with the 42nd Annual Canadian Association for Conservation (CAC-ACCR) Conference, in Montreal, Canada, May 13-17, 2016, will be “Emergency! Preparing for Disasters and Confronting the Unexpected in Conservation.”

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts that address in a broad-based way the impact of past, present, and future disasters on the protection of cultural property. In addition, papers that address confronting the unexpected in conservation whether it occurs during the treatment of an artifact or during a natural disaster are requested.

The topic can be expanded to address immediate reactions, such as the application of crowd-mapping technology to aid response efforts, or longer term developments stemming from disasters, such as the adoption of simple strategies. The unexpected may include surprises encountered along the way in any treatment and can be expanded to include all stakeholders, even future ones, who are affected by a disaster.

The review committees will be looking for abstracts related to the general theme, however other topics will be reviewed as well. In order to simplify abstract submission for all applicants, we have just launched a new online abstract submission tool! The submission portal is accessible through our abstracts page – to learn more about our Meeting Theme and read our General, Specialty, and Joint Sessions Call for Papers, visit

Submission deadline for papers is Monday, September 14, 2015. Poster abstract submissions are due Thursday, October 1st.

Learn more about the Joint Annual Meeting & Conference here:

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Seyler at

Submitted by Katelin Lee, August 21, 2015