The Wisconsin Maritime Museum Announces Appointment of New Executive Director: Cathy Green, Named After National Search

PrintThe Wisconsin Maritime Museum, the largest maritime museum on the Great Lakes, announced today that the Board of Trustees elected Cathy Green in a unanimous decision to become the museum’s Executive Director effective July 1, 2019.  Cathy will step into this leadership role at the museum after serving as its Deputy Director and Chief Curator throughout 2018 and filling the Interim Executive Director position for the past six months.

The timing coincides with the museum celebrating its 50th anniversary. “After a thorough and deliberate national search process, the Board of Trustees is delighted that Cathy will lead our treasured museum into its next 50 years,” said Rear Admiral Jerry Clusen, USN (Ret.), President of the Board of Trustees. “Cathy is uniquely qualified to lead the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. She possesses the vision, leadership skills, and content knowledge needed to lead the museum through the opportunities and challenges ahead.”


Executive Director Cathy Green

As Executive Director, Ms. Green will work with the Board to Trustees to develop a strategic vision for the museum’s next chapter and will assume the responsibility for articulating the museum’s mission, vision and values to all constituencies.  Leading a vibrant staff of museum professionals and dedicated volunteers, she will continue to advance the strategies needed to build the Wisconsin Maritime Museum into an institution that inspires and enhances the community, serves as a focal point for heritage tourism, and expects itself to be counted among America’s most innovative maritime museums.

Ms. Green brings over 20 years of experience in the fields of Great Lakes maritime history and archaeology, coupled with leadership roles in experiential learning programs, cultural resource management, institutional development, and grant writing and management. She came to the museum from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where she worked for the National Marine Sanctuary Program, ultimately serving as the Federal Program Officer for the Great Lakes region of NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

Ms. Green’s experience in Wisconsin maritime history was forged as a maritime archaeologist in the Office of the State Archaeologist.  Her belief in the power of experiential education programs was established as an instructor of maritime history and literature of the sea on Long Island University’s semester at sea program.  She holds a B.A. in History from Indiana University and an M.A. in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University. Additionally, her recent work as the Administrator for the Council of American Maritime Museums reinforces the Wisconsin Maritime Museum’s connection to a dynamic national group of maritime organizations working to protect and promote the country’s rich maritime heritage.

“I am excited about the opportunity to play an essential role in the continued success of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum,” said Cathy Green. “I welcome the challenge of working with the staff, the Board of Trustees, and the broader community to generate a foundation of infrastructure and partnerships that will accelerate the museum’s growth and ensure its sustainability. More than anything else, I am excited to share the stories of Great Lakes maritime history with visitors to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.”


Wisconsin Maritime Museum Background

Located in Manitowoc along the shores of Lake Michigan, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a great place to learn, play and explore the rich maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum offers visitors a unique experience learning about schooners, sailors, shipbuilders and submariners.  Its interactive exhibits offer many opportunities for family fun. Founded in 1969, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum has grown into one of the largest maritime museums in the Midwest. In addition to commemorating the maritime heritage of the Manitowoc-Two Rivers area and the submarines built in the area during World War II, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is a leader in preserving the maritime history of Wisconsin and the Great Lakes region.

For more information, visit or call 920-684-0218.

Maine Maritime Museum Completes Fundraising for “First Impressions”: $3.37 million raised to support 5-acre renovation

Maine Maritime Museum has successfully raised $3.37 million in support of the transformative five-acre renovation currently underway on the museum’s campus, exceeding the fundraising goal by nearly $35,000. The “First Impressions” project encompasses a complete redevelopment of the front entrance and south side of the museum’s campus to enhance the visitor experience, create an ecologically friendly and attractive landscape, and improve handicapped accessibility.

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The project is the capstone to a seven-year effort to significantly upgrade and improve the museum’s exhibits and historic shipyard. Beginning with the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2012 when the six masts of Wyoming were raised, the museum has added one or more major new buildings, exhibits, or programs annually; most recently acquiring and restoring the historic schooner, Mary E.  “Maine Maritime Museum has repeatedly been recognized as one of the best museums in Maine, and among the top maritime museums in the country because of the unique historic shipyard and compelling exhibits that celebrate the coastal Maine experience. The First Impressions project ensures the excellent visitor experience will start as soon as they enter the parking lot,” explains Executive Director Amy Lent.

Phase 1 of the roughly year-long project began in March and is anticipated to be completed by mid-July. The main parking lot of the museum was filled to become nearly level with the main entrance—eliminating the need for front steps—and reconfigured to provide ample handicapped parking. A new concrete arrival plaza at the main entrance includes an inlaid map of the Kennebec River. From Moosehead Lake to the mouth of the river at Popham, visitors can walk along the river’s path and trace the history of this remarkable body of water. Commercial landscape architects Richardson & Associates of Saco created the design; Crooker Construction of Topsham is managing the project.

Arrival Plaza pour north endIn addition to redesigned parking areas, the south campus of the museum will be transformed into a landscape that blends with the natural surroundings and utilizes interactive elements to provide an appreciation of the history and ecology of the Kennebec River. Unique features of the landscape plan include groves of native tree species that were used in traditional shipbuilding, a beautiful boardwalk along the riverbank providing views of the coastal wetlands, and a special garden honoring Navy families adjacent to the exhibit, BIW: Building America’s Navy. New native Maine plantings will include more than 70 trees, 2,000 shrubs, and 1,500 perennials and grasses. The park-like south campus will be open to the public and free to enjoy.

The project will be substantially completed by this fall; with the final paving coat applied next spring so the museum’s new look will be ready in time for the Maine Bicentennial. A special event will celebrate the newly renovated campus in spring 2020.

“Maine’s maritime heritage is critically important to the state culturally and economically, and deserves the best representation we can provide,” said Executive Director Amy Lent. “This project will have a lasting impact on thousands of visitors and locals for years to come. The new landscape and arrival experience will beautify the south end of Washington Street, celebrate our unique connection to the Kennebec River, and will be accessible to everyone. Finally, the exterior appearance of the museum will reflect the world-class experience found inside.”

Donations to the project are still being accepted to grow the reserve fund that will ensure long-term maintenance of the landscape, and some naming opportunities are still available.

About Maine Maritime Museum                                                 

Maine Maritime Museum (Bath, Maine) is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s maritime heritage. Visit for more information.

Independence Seaport Museum Receives Grant from William Penn Foundation

  Independence Seaport Museum, the Philadelphia region’s leading waterways institute, has been awarded a $160,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation. Funds from the Foundation will be used to offer eco-tours on the Delaware River, expand the Museum’s River Ambassadors program, a hands-on science learning experience for underserved Philadelphia high school students, and extend the existing Floating Wetlands in the river basin.

The Seaport Museum’s Floating Wetlands, located in the Penn’s Landing boat basin, help keep the Delaware River clean and healthy for plants and wildlife. They beautify our waterfront and support a thriving ecosystem of birds, insects, fish and reptiles. (photo: ISM)

The programmatic funding will support increased public access to the Delaware River and expand the on-water programming along the waterfront at Penn’s Landing to help increase environmental awareness, promote a shared sense of responsibility, and support the Seaport Museum’s watershed restoration goals.

“The William Penn Foundation continues to believe in and support the Seaport Museum’s efforts to connect visitors with the Delaware River Watershed and share the importance of our local waterways,” said John Brady, President and CEO of Independence Seaport Museum. “By adding to our programming and extending our wetlands, we will be able to empower our guests and local students with firsthand experiences on the water and strategies to help protect and conserve this vital resource.”

The watershed education and preservation work aligns with the William Penn Foundation’s work to empower those living in the area to protect our shared watershed, a strategic vision accomplished through grants toward research, advocacy, communications, conservation, river access, and strong environmental education. With this funding, the Seaport Museum will seek to empower visitors with knowledge about watershed science and conservation efforts. In turn, visitors will have the opportunity to learn how changing actions in their daily lives can positively impact the environment.

“We are proud to support the Seaport Museum as they provide the opportunity for Philadelphians and regional visitors to experience the Delaware River and learn about our role in conserving it,” said Andrew Johnson, Watershed Protection Program Director at the William Penn Foundation. “The Foundation has made a concerted effort to help provide direct access for people to explore and learn about the water and inspire them to help protect it.”

About Independence Seaport Museum

Independence Seaport Museum deepens the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water. Along with National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, the Museum is home to a boatbuilding workshop, Citizen Science Lab, and a MakerSpace.  Guests can also explore the river with small boat rentals, on-water programming, and one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America. Independence Seaport Museum is the premier, year-round destination on the Penn’s Landing waterfront. Visit daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and see our full schedule of programs and events at

About the William Penn Foundation

The William Penn Foundation, founded in 1945 by Otto and Phoebe Haas, is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that increase educational opportunities for children from low-income families, ensure a sustainable environment, foster creativity that enhances civic life, and advance philanthropy in the Philadelphia region. In partnership with others, the Foundation works to advance opportunity, ensure sustainability, and enable effective solutions. The Foundation’s assets exceed $2.6 billion as of December 31, 2017.

National Museum of the Great Lakes Seeking Director of Communications and Development

The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio is seeking a Director of Communications and Development.

Position Closed 5/30/19

Who We Are:
The National Museum of the Great Lakes is owned and operated by the Great Lakes Historical Society which was established in 1945. The mission of the organization is to preserve and make known the history of the Great Lakes. We achieve that mission by (1) Operating the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo Ohio; (2) publishing our award winning quarterly journal, Inland Seas®; (3) conducting ground breaking underwater archaeology on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and (4) offering educational
programming to thousands of children and adults each year.

While our staff is small, we have achieved incredible success over the years winning local, regional and national awards across the spectrum of our many activities. From creating nationally recognized exhibits, to uncovering important historical developments, to discovering the most important shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, employment with our museum offers candidates the chance to be part of history not just working in and for an historical organization. With a small staff, this organization provides a potential candidate with a unique opportunity to use existing skills and develop new ones in a team centered effort at organizational excellence.

General Position Description:
As a part of the National Museum of the Great Lakes (NMGL) the ideal candidate will be responsible for leading and managing marketing communications activities that are aligned with the museum’s strategic plan to drive membership, visitors, and charitable giving. The candidate will work with the executive director and marketing committee board chair to develop and implement integrated strategies and campaigns to increase awareness of NMGL programs and mission to potential donors, members and visitors. The candidate will work closely with the Executive Director and other board members to
develop and implement the annual and strategic fundraising activities of the organization.


  • Demonstrate a track record of increased responsibility in creating and delivering a marketing communications strategy
  • Demonstrate superior organizational skills particularly in event management
  • Demonstrate superior written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate expertise in digital graphic design and layout, experience in Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Be a storyteller with a passion for non-profit, history and/or the Great Lakes region
  • Must be an approachable, motivated and self-manager with the ability to communicate to all stakeholders including the board, members, media, visitors, donors, and the local community
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between marketing, public relations and development.
  • Demonstrate a track record of working collaboratively with others across occupational disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to embrace and overcome challenges.

Required and Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree from an accredited four year institution of higher learning; degree in public relations a plus
  • Have 3-5 years minimum experience in public relations; experience with not for profits and or development a plus.
  • Accreditation and member of PRSA or similar organization a plus

Specific Work Expectations:

  • Manage, evaluate and adapt existing marketing plan for the organization.
  • Manage existing fundraising activities including special event and annual fund campaign.
  • Serve as the organization’s spokesperson in media inquiries.
  • Serve as the organization’s ambassador to the philanthropic community though community outreach.
  • Candidate will be expected to start no later than August 1, 2019 but employer would prefer July 1-15, 2019 start date.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Based on education and experience. Anticipated range: $48,000-$60,000 per year
  • Medical Insurance
  • Paid Time Off for Vacation and Personal
  • Paid Major Holidays

Inquiries and Applications:
Please email questions to
Applicants can send cover letter and resume to by June 10, 2019  Position Closed 5/30/19

ICMM 19th Congress 2019 ‘early-bird’ registrations closing 30th April / Call for Bursaries



The early registration fee for the next ICMM Congress in Stockholm and Aland (15-20 September) expires on 30 April. Don’t miss out!

Additionally, see below for the current Open Call for Bursary applications (deadline Monday 13 May.)

The ‘Earlybird’ fee is Euros €525.  After 30 April you will be charged at the ‘Slugabed’ fee of €565 (NOTE – The fee for non-ICMM members is €650.)

Click here to Register


We invite applicants for the Richard Foster Bursaries, to assist with attendance at this year’s ICMM Congress.

Deadline for applications: Monday 13 May  (Note – Successful applicants will be able to register at the earlybird rate).

The Richard Foster Bursaries are named in memory of Richard Foster, a former ICMM President who tragically died 20 years ago.

The ICMM Executive Council has increased the amount of money available for bursaries for this Congress. Individual awards will be made depending on need.

To apply, please email with the following:

1.      Name, title and institutional affiliation

2.     Contact details

3.     A brief résumé together with a statement of how and why attending the Congress will benefit your career or your institution

4.     An abstract of your proposed contribution to the Congress, if it has been accepted for the programme

An estimate of your costs to attend the Congress (flight, accommodation etc.)

Click here for Congress programme, including travel & post-conference tours

Final CAMM Conference Program Schedule Available

CAMM Logo horizontalA final program schedule for the 2019 Council of American Maritime Museums Conference taking place at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin April 24-27 is now available.

Download a pdf. of the schedule here.WMM Logo Small

or visit the Conference website for more details.

Space is still available for the Door County bus tour taking place Saturday.  Details below:

Saturday, April 27, 2019
9:00am -3:00pm         Optional Trip to Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin
$40 – Please contact Cathy Green to reserve a space.

9:00AM           Meet at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum Lobby

Bus ride from Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc) to the Door County Maritime Museum (Sturgeon Bay) – Includes en route narration by Maritime Archaeologist Tamara Thomsen.

Tour of the Door County Maritime Museum, led by DCMM staff, including the exhibits The Water Defines Us: DCMM@50 and Shipwrecks of Door County, and gallery lecture by Larry Herbst of the Sturgeon Bay Model Shop (tent.).

Lunch at the Door County Fire Company restaurant, including a presentation from the creative team behind the musical Windjammers, inspired by tales and tunes of 19th century Great Lakes sailors; courtesy of Northern Sky Theater.

Drive past Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding – Tracing its history back to 1918, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is an industry leader in the construction and repair of large ships and is a highlight of the working waterfront of Sturgeon Bay.               

Buses return to Wisconsin Maritime Museum, Manitowoc

Steamship Historical Society Looking to Deaccession Selected Maritime Periodicals to Other Maritime Organizations

CAMM Members and Affiliates:
The Steamship Historical Society of America, located at the Ship History Center in Warwick Rhode Island is reaching out to libraries, museums and other historical organizations who may have an interest in some maritime historically related materials.
The Society has been reviewing materials in their collections and has identified some Maritime Periodicals for deaccession that are not specific to their organization.
As you will see many are not complete runs. The Society is offering these free of charge to a good home.
The Steamship Historical Society of America is a CAMM member organization. Can any of our members, affiliates, or friends assist them finding new homes for these resources?
For more information, please contact Astrid Drew at the Steamship Historical Society of America.