The Association for Great Lakes
Maritime History is an organization of institutions and individuals from
throughout Canada and the U.S. involved in preserving and interpreting the
unique maritime history of the Great Lakes region. The Association sponsors
an annual maritime history conference, encourages new research by both
professional and avocational historians, financially supports the
publishing of new research results, and promotes the regular exchange of
news and information among its members.
Association is . . .
- A 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization founded by prominent institutions and individuals which
held its first meeting in 1984.
- A network for exchanging ideas, news and information on
maritime history collections, exhibitions, research, and publishing.
- The sponsor of an annual international conference on
Great Lakes maritime history.
- The publisher of a journal/newsletter with relevant
news and information for its institutional and individual members.
- A source of financial support for publishing the
results of maritime history research.
Association works to . . .
- Encourage cooperation between institutions involved in
preserving and interpreting maritime history by providing
opportunities for professional networking.
- Encourage dialogue between professional and avocational
historians by hosting an annual forum for the discussion of research
methods and results.
- Promote the use of professional standards in the
collection of historic artifacts and documents.
- Advocate at the local, state, provincial and national
levels for maritime history preservation.
- Network with divers to promote non-destructive,
underwater explorations of shipwrecks.
and activities include . . .
- Financial and technical support for archaeological
surveys of shipwreck sites in the Great Lakes region.
- Annual awards to recognize outstanding efforts in
historical research, preservation and interpretation.
- Digitization of historically significant documents,
such as 19th century Mackinac Custom House records.
- Development of guidelines for the protection and public
use of underwater cultural resources.
- Financial support for, and editorial review of, new
publications on Great Lakes maritime history.
- Development of a web portal with links to leading
maritime research collections and databases.