Maritime Heritage Grant Program Restored

Good News!

Language to amend the National Maritime Heritage Act was included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017 (the Defense bill) that was favorably voted on last week by the US House of Representatives (375 to 34).  Members of the House and Senate reached agreement on the bill last week after a summer of tough negotiating. The Senate will consider it next week. Once passed, the president is expected to sign the bill.

The maritime heritage grant program will be restored. Funding for the program was diverted by an amendment to the National Maritime Heritage Act in 2010, initiated by the US Maritime Administration. Advocacy by the maritime heritage community and the support of members of Congress resulted in that agency’s commitment of $7M to the grant program over the past few years.

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The Minnesota Historical Society received a maritime heritage grant in 2015 to support the research and production of a Cultural Landscape Report for the Split Rock Light Station.
Photo Minnesota Historical Society.

The new legislation mandates that 18.75% of all ship scrapping proceeds will be committed to the maritime heritage grant program (my goal was 25%, so we have some more work to do).    The funds will be transferred to the Department of the Interior where the National Park Service will continue to administer the competitive grant program. The grants fund maritime heritage education and preservation projects.

Additional amendments to the Defense bill require greater transparency in the Maritime Administration’s ship scrapping operations, including timely reporting on the funds available, and the use of funds for the preservation and presentation to the public of the Maritime Administration’s maritime heritage property.

These changes are all beneficial to the maritime heritage grant program.

My thanks to all who have supported this effort.

Submitted by Tim Runyan, Chair, National Maritime Alliance, December 5, 2016

This Friday, December 2: 2017 CAMM Conference Call for Papers Deadline

The Call for Papers deadline for the 2017 CAMM conference is Friday, December 2, 2016. Please consider submitting a proposal on a topic of interest to your colleagues. Both individual and panel sessions will be considered. The Program Committee will make their decisions by December 16, 2016.

Please download and fill out the online-call, save, and email it to <paul.fontenoy@ncdcr.gov>.

Conference dates: April 19-21, 2017 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.   More information about the conference, including Rennie Travel Grants, is available on our website.

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Courtesy of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

CAMM Welcomes New Administrator

CAMM President Greg Gorga is delighted to announce that Cathy Green has been selected to be CAMM’s new administrator.

cathygreenphotoCathy has spent the last 16 years working as a marine archaeologist, educator and program manager in state and federal government. Her most recent work centers on grant writing and grants administration with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries in the Great Lakes Region as Program Manger for the Great Lakes Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

Her work in the maritime world over the past 20 years has intersected with maritime museums from the beginning – with one of her first post-college jobs at the Bermuda Maritime Museum to her East Carolina University MA thesis research at The Mariners’ Museum. She has taught maritime history and literature aboard several historic vessels for Long Island University’s SEAmester Program, visiting maritime institutions along the East and West Coasts, the Caribbean and Hawaii. Moreover, during her 13 years with NOAA, she has had the opportunity to work with CAMM members and organizations many times, as well as having attended several joint CAMM Conferences though her involvement in the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH).

She and her family recently moved to Wisconsin where she is looking forward to staying engaged with the maritime and museum communities through this new administration position with CAMM.

Candace Clifford has served as CAMM’s administrator since April 2013. She recently became the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s historian. Since the Society is a CAMM affiliate, she hopes to remain connected with CAMM in her new position. Candace has certainly enjoyed working with CAMM’s membership and hopes to see everyone at the 2017 meeting in San Francisco.

Cathy can be reached at the same CAMM Administrator email: maritimemuseums@gmail.com

Submitted by Cathy Green and Candace Clifford, November 11, 2016

Funding Opportunity for Boat Restoration Education

The RPM Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that skills necessary to preserve and restore collectible vehicles are not lost.

To that end, the foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in support of programs that provide hands-on education and the teaching of the specialized skills and knowledge needed to maintain vintage cars, trucks, and boats. Grant amounts are determined on a project-by-project basis.

To be eligible, applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Priority will be given to organizations serving high school and college students.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the RPM Foundation website.

Submitted by Marifrances Trivelli, CAMM Vice President
November 11, 2016

NextGen2017 Museum Management Training

NextGen 2017 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and extraordinary leadership potential as recognized by senior-level executives.

The program blends one week of online learning and one week of residency in a collegial environment at CGU. The curriculum is intensive, while also offering time for self-reflection and practical application of materials and concepts. Participants examine their individual leadership styles, team dynamics, institutional needs and perspectives, and the future of the museum field.

For more information, and to apply, visit: http://www.cgu.edu/gli

Submitted by Michael VanHartingsveldt, Getty Leadership Institute, October 13, 2017

Call for Papers Deadline is December 2nd

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2016 CAMM Conference

The Call for Papers deadline for the 2017 CAMM conference is December 2, 2017. Please consider submitting a proposal on a topic of interest to your colleagues. Both individual and panel sessions will be considered. The Program Committee will make their decisions by December 16, 2016.

Please download and fill out the online-call, save, and email it to <paul.fontenoy@ncdcr.gov>.

More information about the conference, including Rennie Travel Grants, is available on our website.

The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries 2016 History Conference

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Photo courtesy of Maine Sardine Council Collection

The Penobscot Marine Museum November Newsletter included this announcement:

A World War II propaganda poster in our collection states, “Fish is a Fighting Food!”  Today, we are in a fight to save our fisheries, some from perspective of government over-regulation and others from a view that we have overfished the resource.  Most can agree that the technological revolution between World War II and today has allowed fishermen to go farther faster and find and retrieve fish with greater mechanical and technological ease.  As everyone fights for the fishery, the question is “where do we go from here?”

Join us next Saturday, November 5 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center, as our line-up of speakers look at the evolution of fisheries policy, consumption, and sustainability efforts from an ocean activist’s and a fisherman’s perspective, and how one periodical, the National Fisherman, documented that evolution.

Learn more at <http://penobscotmarinemuseum.org/event-single/2016-history-conference/http://penobscotmarinemuseum.org/event-single/2016-history-conference/>