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CAMM Membership Newsletter - September 20, 2013
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New Affiliate Member

A warm CAMM welcome to our newest affiliate member, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation! Based in Wilmington, Delaware, the full-scale replica of the ship that founded New Sweden in 1638, Kalmar Nyckel is a platform for award-winning educational programs.


I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Conference for the Council of American Maritime Museums will be held at the new National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio. 


Formerly the Inland Seas Museum in Vermillion, Ohio, they have built an impressive new museum on the waterfront. This is an opportunity for CAMM members to tour the new Museum and hear from the staff on their unique experience building a museum from the ground up.


Thanks to the entire staff of the National Museum of the Great Lakes for their generous invitation to host the 2014 Conference. On behalf of the entire Board, we look forward to seeing you in Toledo next spring.

You may have noticed our website has a new look. We need photos of your facility to showcase our members on the front page--please note the request for images near the bottom of this newsletter. The ship plans directory is coming along and we'll be adding more content in the coming months. And sign up to follow the News Blog. We welcome submissions of interest to the CAMM community.


Best Regards,

Dave Pearson

CAMM President


New National Museum on the Great Lakes to host 2014 CAMM meeting April 27 - 30


The Great Lakes Historical Society and Inland Seas Museum is moving to a new facility in Toledo, Ohio. CAMM will be there to help celebrate their grand opening in April. More details will be posted on CAMM's website as they become available.


Meanwhile please email session proposals to program chair Marifrances Trivelli <>. We welcome topics on a wide range of issues of current importance to maritime museums, including but not limited to ship & small craft preservation, special collections, lighthouses/lifesaving stations, underwater archaeology, traveling exhibits, and social media. The proposal should include a brief synopsis of your presentation as well as contact information including email.

McCaffery Figureheads

Exhibit Opportunity


For several years, miniature modeler Lloyd McCaffery has been working on a personal labor of love when not otherwise engaged. That labor has turned into a collection of 35 US Navy miniature ship figureheads from the colonial period through the late 19th century at 1:48 scale. The group just came off exhibit at the US Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, and is available for loan to museums.


Featured in an article in Sea History 139 (Summer 2012) pp. 22-25, the collection can be displayed in a single exhibit case as small as six square feet. It can be shipped in two express mail boxes. For more information, contact Lloyd McCaffery directly at <> or (928) 254-8538. 

Send Us Your Best Shots

The CAMM website is undergoing a redesign using a WordPress template. We are featuring you, our members, in a slideshow on the front page. Please send Candace Clifford <> your favorite images of your institution and/or its activities. Files should be in a low resolution (72 dpi) jpg format and be between 7 x 5 to 9 x 6 inches. Horizontal orientation is preferred but not required.

This newsletter is intended for the CAMM membership. 
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Candace Clifford
Council of American Maritime Museums

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