AASLH Call for Proposals: Deadline Dec. 18

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will present its 2021 Annual Conference as a hybrid meeting. The onsite meeting will be in Little Rock, AR, on September 22-25. The virtual meeting date has not been announced but will be in September or October. AASLH is now accepting proposals for all session formats and workshops. Proposals for the onsite, online, or both conferences are due December 18. https://aaslh.org/2021annualmeeting

Mystic Seaport Museum Names Peter Armstrong President and CEO

Peter Armstrong is appointed the next president and CEO of Mystic Seaport Museum, the organization’s board of trustees announced today. An accomplished museum professional with more than 25 years of experience on two continents, Armstrong joins the Museum from the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, where he is Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education. The board also announced the appointment of Dr. Christina Connett Brophy as Senior Vice President of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Director of Museum Galleries.

“We are excited about the appointments of Peter and Christina as they bring well-honed, complementary talents to MSM. Peter has extensive management skills and experience as director of operations of a large and complex museum organization combined with great marketing knowhow. Christina brings outstanding maritime museum curatorial experience and demonstrated success in innovative programming and exhibitions development,” said Michael S. Hudner, Chair of the Mystic Seaport Museum Board of Trustees. “Both Peter and Christina have had exceptional achievements in broadening and diversifying more traditional audiences with new approaches to increase the appeal of well-known institutions to a changing world.”

Steamship Historical Society of America virtual fundraiser this weekend

Sure, we thought this celebration would be closer to Independence Day than Election Day, but it’s time to give the United States Lines its due recognition. The commemorative program for Ocean Liner Gala V is online now!

Click here for a visual chronology of the iconic USL ships, along with colorful captions written by our president, Don Leavitt. The art design and layout were beautifully executed and donated by John Goschke, the man responsible for the stunning features that you see in PowerShips every quarter.

If this makes you yearn for the golden days of steamer travel, join us this Saturday at the Virtual Ocean Liner GalaSimply click here or text ‘sshsa’ (all lowercase) to 843-606-5995 to register. Once you are signed in, you will be notified on all of the activities taking place during this year’s festivities, from the silent and live auctions to themain event, which will take place beginning at 6:30 ET. Come join in the fun!

SSHSA is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization funded by donors, members and friends that is dedicated to the maritime heritage of powerful ships, legendary passengers and hardworking crews. Gifts to SSHSA are appreciated and may be considered tax-deductible.

Cultural exchange network for wooden boatbuilding

MATITSA in Maine is a cultural exchange network of individuals and institutions preserving and providing access to historic wooden boats and traditional boatbuilding skills.  We hope to contribute to and participate in the Matitsa: preservation and development of northern wooden shipbuilding projectwhich is an open platform for skilled workers, amateurs and experts in wooden shipbuilding. Matitsa’s mission is to return the traditional wooden boat back to life; try to understand what it is and thus to answer the question “Who we are and why we live here”.  The project is based out of Arkhangelsk, Russia, with partners in Scandinavia and the US thus far.

MATITSA in Maine will contribute and participate by exchanging wooden boatbuilding technology and teaching techniques, and connecting traditional wooden boat and ship collecting institutions to each other across the globe.  One avenue is to contribute to the matitsa.ru website, which will list partners and feature content from each partner site.  Another is to attend the virtual and in-person Matitsa forums in April and July 2021. 

Interested?  Please contact Cipperly Good at cgood@pmm-maine.org to attend a November 2020 planning session on zoom, exact date to be determined.

The Nantucket Historical Association is opening a search for a Collections Manager

The Nantucket Historical Association seeks an innovative, agile, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable professional to serve as Collections Manager. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities are encouraged to apply.

The Collections Manager reports to the Director of Collections and Research Services and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Gosnold Collections Center. The Collections Manager is responsible for the registration, cataloguing, movement, storage, and conservation management of all NHA artifact collections. They oversee occasional interns, contractors, and volunteers; contribute to the preparation and installation of exhibitions; participate in public programming and social media efforts; and provide reference services related to the artifact collections. This position is full time and exempt from overtime. Salary is commensurate with experience. For a full position description, please visit: https://nha.org/wp-content/uploads/Collections-Manager-Job-Description.pdf