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Wayne Wheeler to be Keynote Speaker at International Lighthouse Conference

wayne Wheller at Pigeon Point ca 1994
Wayne Wheeler founded the U.S. Lighthouse Society in 1984. Photo of Wayne at Pigeon Point Lighthouse courtesy Society Archives

U.S. Lighthouse Society President Wayne Wheeler will present “The History of Lighthouses: From Bonfires to Satellites” as the keynote address at the International Lighthouse Conference. Entitled “From Pharos to the Future!,” the conference is to take place on Mackinac Island, Michigan, May 20-22, 2018.

The conference will begin with a lighthouse cruise to Mackinac Island narrated by Great Lakes lighthouse expert Terry Pepper. Seventeen presentations will make up the program at the spectacular historic Grand Hotel which is offering lodging at special rates. It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with key players in the lighthouse preservation community.

The conference has been organized by the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance. Reserve your place before it’s too late!

Submitted by Candace Clifford, March 15, 2018

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MHC Preliminary Schedule Released

MHC

The preliminary schedule for the February 14 – 17, 2018, Maritime Heritage Conference in New Orleans has been released. Society Board Member Mike Vogel has prepared a track specifically on lighthouses with a wide variety of topics. Speakers include Debra Baldwin (Lighthouse Digest), Candace Clifford (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Jessie Cragg (University of West Florida), Celestina Cuadrado (National Lighthouse Museum), Linda Dianto (National Lighthouse Museum), Ralph Eshelman (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Henry Gonzalez (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Jon Hill (Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum), Bryan Lijewski (Michigan State Historic Preservation Office), Scott Howell (Robinson Iron), Joseph J. Jakubik (International Chimney Corp.), Amy Lent (Maine Maritime Museum), Josh Liller (Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse), Ted Panayotoff (Lighthouse and Naval historian), Ellen Rankin (National Park Service), Michelle Smay (Smay Trombley Architecture), Ken Smith (KS Architects), Mike Vogel (Buffalo Lighthouse Association), Wayne Wheeler (U.S. Lighthouse Society), and David Zapatka (Plum Beach Lighthouse Association).

In addition to lighthouses, conference topics will include, but are not limited to, Maritime and Naval History; Coast Guard History, Maritime Art, Literature, and Music; Education and Preservation; Underwater Archaeology; Trade and Communications; Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums; Marine Science and Ocean Conservation; Historic Vessel Restoration; Maritime Heritage Grant Program; Maritime Landscapes; National Marine Sanctuaries; Inland Waters; Commerce and Seaport Operations; Small Craft; Shipbuilding; Marine Protected Areas; Crew and Staff Training and Development; Tall Ships, Sail Training, and Education Under Sail; Vessel Operations and Safety; Tall Ships® Events and Host Ports; Not-for-Profit Administration; Fund Development; Media and Publications; and Marketing and Social Media.

Click here for registration information.

Click here for hotel information.

Submitted by Candace Clifford, February 3, 2018

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MHC Early Bird Registration Ends December 14th

MHCThe 11th Maritime Heritage Conference, the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships, the 55thAnnual Meeting of the National Maritime Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Steamship Historical Society of America will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics this coming February 14-17, 2018 in the historic port city of New Orleans.

The Maritime Heritage Conference, last held in 2014, brings together individuals and institutions of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest.  Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and has earned a reputation for its high take-away value, networking opportunities, and camaraderie.  Join as many as 500 of your fellow maritime enthusiasts from the National Maritime Alliance, Tall Ships America, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Steamship Historical Society of America, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the Historic Naval Ships Association, the North American Society for Oceanic History, the U.S. Lighthouse Society and so many others!

The U.S. Lighthouse Society has prepared a number of sessions specific to lighthouse preservation, history and education.

Click here to register. Save $100 if you register by December 14, 2017.

Excerpted from 11th-Annual-Maritime-Heritage-Conference, December 12, 2017

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2018 International Lighthouse Conference

MLA conferenceJoin the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance on May 20-22 on Mackinac Island, in the heart of lighthouse country for a one-of-a-kind conference and hotel stay unmatched anywhere!

Any group or individual that is involved in the lighthouse movement, either as a group restoring a lighthouse or in the process of becoming one, or persons connected to the lighthouse movement, such as government agencies, publishers, museums, state, provincial, or national lighthouse organizations are encouraged to attend!

U.S. organizations like the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, the National Lighthouse Museum, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Lighthouse Digest, Michigan Lighthouse Guide, the U.S. Lighthouse Society, U.S. Lightship Museum, Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy and several Michigan, U.S., and Canadian lighthouses have already confirmed and will present on various topics!

Noted Canadian lighthouse author and speaker Larry Wright will be presenting on Canadian lighthouses, and several other speakers have committed to present on U.S. and World lighthouse history, sustainability programs at several lighthouses, the National Park Service, National Lighthouse Museum, the history of Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel, the history of light technology, from the fires atop Pharos to Fresnel, the history of the U.S. Lifesaving Service, a panel discussion with attendees on where we go from here and to cap it off, tour options to explore Mackinac Island, from Arch Rock to the village to Fort Mackinac. You won’t want to miss this event!

Space is limited so we encourage you to register early to guarantee your spot! Pellston and Sault St. Marie are the two closest airports and flights can arrive in time to get to the dock to take the tour.

Submitted by the Michigan Lighthouse Alliance.

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Deadline Reminder for Maritime Heritage Conference Session Proposals

MHCFor those wanting to submit session proposals for the upcoming Maritime Heritage Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 14 – 17, 2018, the deadline has been extended to December 1st.

For topics relating to lighthouses, contact Mike Vogel . For all other proposals see the 11th Maritime Heritage Conference Call for Presenters & Guidelines page, which includes details on conference topics as well as information on focus sessions, maritime heritage papers, the application process, deadlines and the selection process, and presenter policies. Individual paper and session proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page biographical statement about each presenter emailed to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at: proposalsmhc@gmail.com.

The conference hotel is the New Orleans Marriott – French Quarter, at a discounted rate of $164/night. The discount cannot apply before Feb. 14 (Mardi Gras is Feb. 13) but can be used for a few days after the conference. Hotel reservations may be made online by using the conference passkey.

Activities will include a tour/visit of the World War II Museum. The keynote speaker is historian and author Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea and several others).

Click here for more information (NMHS) or here (Tall Ships America).

Submitted by Mike Vogel and Candace Clifford, October 26, 2017

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Save the Date – Maritime Heritage Conference – February 15 – 17, 2018

Our Maritime Communities — Stronger Together

February 15-17, 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana

The 11th Maritime Heritage Conference and the 45th Annual Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships will come together for an information-packed joint conference encompassing a broad array of topics. The Maritime Heritage Conference was last held in 2014, and is unique in bringing together all elements of the maritime heritage community to discuss topics of common interest., Tall Ships America’s Conference on Sail Training and Tall Ships is held annually and Known for its high “take away value”, networking opportunities and camaraderie. You are invited to join with us and share an exploration of maritime heritage while charting the course for the future. The Conference Steering Committee invites you to become involved in the 2018 Conference as a presenter. This is an outstanding opportunity to come together with individuals from all segments of the maritime community to discuss topics of common interest, to learn from your peers, and to share your knowledge and experience with others.

The conference venue is the beautiful New Orleans Marriott. Rooms are available at the terrific rate of $164+ per night! Details are posted at www.seahistory.org.

Focus sessions include, but are not limited to:

♦ Media and Publications
♦ Tall Ships, Sail Training and Education Under Sail
♦ Marketing and Social Media
♦ Vessel Operations and Safety

Papers and sessions include, but are not limited to:

♦ Maritime and naval history
♦ Maritime Art, Literature and Music
♦ Underwater Archaeology
♦ Shipbuilding
♦ Marine Science and Ocean Conservation
♦ Education and Preservation
♦ Maritime Heritage Grant Program
♦ Marine Protected Areas
♦ Crew and Staff Training and Development
♦ Not for Profit Administration
♦ Fund Development
♦ Tall Ships® Events and Host Port
♦ Inland Water Commerce and seaport operations
♦ Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations
♦ Trade and Communications
♦ Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums
♦ National Marine Sanctuaries
♦ Vessel Restoration
♦ Small Craft
♦ Maritime Landscapes

Session Proposals are encouraged. Individual and Session Proposals should include a one-page abstract, and a one-page bio about each presenter. Please email general proposals to Dr. David Winkler and Jonathan Kabak at proposalsmhc@gmail.com. Proposals for lighthouse topics should be sent to Mike Vogel at bufkeeper@gmail.com. The deadline for paper and session proposals is November 1, 2017.

Please note that the U.S. Lighthouse Society will be organizing some of the lighthouse sessions.

Extracted from MHC CALL FOR PRESENTERS, July 3, 2017; updated July 14, 2017

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USLSSHA to Meet in San Francsico

Point Reyes LSS
Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, one of many stations to be visited during the upcoming meeting. 2017 photo by Candace Clifford

The U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association (USLSSHA) just issued a release about their 2017 annual meeting. It will take place in and around San Francisco, September 14 – 16. More information can be found in the link to the release and on their website at http://uslife-savingservice.org/annual-conference/2017-annual-meeting/

Release submitted by the USLSSHA, June 16, 2017

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