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CAMM Membership Newsletter - May 2, 2013
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ICCM Meeting

The International Congress of Maritime Museums will be meeting September 8 - 15, 2013, in Calais, Portugal. One of the organizers, Steve White of Mystic Seaport, indicates that there is still time to submit paper abstracts. For more information visit their new newsletter or website 

Maritime Heritage Conference Scheduled

SAVE THE DATE - the 10th Maritime Heritage Conference is scheduled for September 17 - 21, 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia

A few lucky participants went sailing on the Manteo Island Maritime Museum's shad boat

Welcome New Members

Houston Maritime Museum



I am pleased to introduce a new newsletter for CAMM members. This electronic newsletter is intended to provide CAMM updates and promote sharing of information among the membership. If you have announcements of interest to the CAMM membership, please submit them to our new CAMM administrator Candace Clifford at for consideration for the next issue. 


The newsletter is also intended to be a forum for seeking advice on maritime museum challenges, job postings, and sharing resources. Please do consider forwarding this newsletter to colleagues in the field.


The Executive Board is working to make some positive changes to help our organization grow and better serve all maritime museums across the nation. This will include a new website, more networking opportunities, and also a new CAMM administrator.


It is a great honor to serve as President. I look forward to hearing from members throughout the year and wish you all a great summer season.



Dave Pearson

CAMM President


CAMM 2013 Meeting

Program Highlights
Hosted by Paul Fontenoy and the North Carolina Maritime Museum, the meeting's program included a range of topics.
  • New CAMM member Ray Glick, Overfalls Foundation, described the restoration of the National Historic Landmark Lightship OVERFALLS (LV-118) which is now a museum in Lewes, Delaware -
  • The National Maritime Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Ron Oswald and Burchenal Green discussed the status of large vessel preservation around the country -
  • David Cockey with the Museum Small Craft Association described the latest digital technology used in documenting boats. David mentioned that the Boats: A Manual for Their Documentation is now available on their website -
  • Jim Moores, Moores Marine, gave an overview of presidential yachts and the recent restoration of the 8th presidential yacht Honey Fitz.
  • Ed Petruskevich started out the the session Traveling Exhibits for Smaller Museums with a look at his extensive online museum for the German oceanliner Wilhelm Gustloff.  The ship was sunk by torpedoes in World War II resulting in over 9000 deaths -
  •  Art Beltrone described the origins of the Vietnam Graffiti Project which includes graffiti inscribed under bunks by Vietnam soldiers traveling on the General Nelson Walker.  The exhibit has been successfully hosted by the Los Angeles Maritime Museum and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum who report a great response--especially from Vietnam War veterans - 
  • Marifrances Trivelli, Los Angeles Maritime Museum & Greg Gorga, Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, provided ideas on CAMM Traveling Exhibits. They plan to provide content for the CAMM website (see article below)
  • Making Museum Archives Accessible, specifically ship plans, was the topic of discussion for a panel consisting of Paul Johnston, Smithsonian; Peter Lesher, Chesapeake Maritime Museum; Mindy Matheson, Mystic Seaport; and Mary Sellen, Mariners' Museum.
  • Lauren Heesemann of NOAA's MONITOR National Marine Sanctuary in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, started out the session on Maritime Heritage Trails with a tour of the web-based trail of maritime resources in and around the sanctuary.  In addition to links to partners on the trail, the site offers videos and oral histories -
  • Bill Thiesen brought us up to date on U.S. Coast Guard activities. The National Coast Guard Museum, New London, Connecticut, plans to break ground in the spring of 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office will be closed from October 2013 until January 2014 while they move their collections to a new facility.
  • During the session on watercraft, Shannon Fitzgerald presented the Legacy of R/V Miller Freeman and Its Crew, a NOAA research vessel.  Nathaniel Howe and Diana Hennick brought us up to date on happenings in the Northwest.
  • The session on Education Programming in Maritime Museums featured a variety of teaching methods.  Joe Youcha of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation described their "Building to Teach" program.  Over 800 students have been taught math skills in person and 4600 students online -  The next Teaching with Small Boats Alliance (TWSBA) will be at Mystic Seaport, October 15-18, 2013
  • Barry Wickre presented on the Community Sailing Program, one of many community events and attactions, developed by the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum in Manteo, North Carolina -
  • Diana Hennick provided a progress report on a new indoor / outdoor exhibit entitled Fish On!  The exhibit documents the history of recreational Fishing Boathouses and resorts on Puget Sound -
  • Vic Fasolino finished off the program with a description of the North Carolina Boat Building Heritage Foundation's annual boat building challenge.  Participants are challenged to build a 12-foot Carolina Bateau rowing skiff in less than four hours -


New CAMM Officer and Board Member

Dave Pearson, Deputy Director and Curator of the Columbia River Maritime Museum was elected president.  Marifrances Trivelli, Director, Los Angeles Maritime Museum, was elected to be a new member at large. The vice president position, vacated by Dave Pearson, is now vacant.  
New CAMM President Dave Pearson

New Website Initiative

Plans are underway to redesign the website. Your input will be solicited by webmaster Jeff Bowdoin in the near future.

A resources section is planned.  Information for CAMM members will be distinguished from information for the general public.  Greg Gorga and Marifrances Trivelli will be developing content for a member page on traveling exhibits. Sam Scott will be developing content for a non-member page on collections including ship plans, photographs, manuscripts, etc.  
There was also considerable interest in developing a CAMM Maritime Heritage Trail on our website.  It could be as simple as a reorganization of the member list geographically or the creation of an interactive map.
New CAMM Facebook Page
CAMM is pleased to announce our new Facebook page at

This is a public page so you don't have to log into Facebook to view it.  For those members who have a Facebook presence, we encourage you to "LIKE" our page.

This newsletter is intended for the CAMM membership.  Please share this newsletter with staff of CAMM member institutions.  If you have a colleague who is not a member of CAMM, please encourage them to join.  CAMM membership information

If you have a news item of interest to other CAMM members, please submit them to
Candace Clifford
Council of American Maritime Museums

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