Awards Program

Through its Awards Programs, the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History seeks to encourage excellence in Great Lakes maritime history research, preservation and interpretation. The Association currently sponsors three awards which are presented during a dinner held in conjunction with its Annual Maritime History Conference in September. Award winner s are encouraged to attend the dinner and Annual Conference, and the Association provides lodging fro the winners and a guest as part of the award prizes.

The Henry N. Barkhausen Award for Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History –named for a founding member of the Association, this award recognizes new research in the field of Great Lakes maritime history by both professional and avocational historians. Click here for paper submission and judging guidelines.

The Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation – name for a long-time member of the Association, this annual award is presented to an individual who has made a major contribution, over many years, to the interpretation of Great Lakes maritime history, in furtherance of the goals of the Association.

The Association for Great Lakes Maritime History Association Award for Historic Preservation – this annual award is presented to an individual who has made a major contribution, over many years, to the preservation of Great Lakes maritime history, in furtherance of the goals of the Association.

Past Award Winners

 

Henry N. Barkhausen Award

Joyce S. Hayward Award
for Historic Interpretation

Award for Historic Preservation

2012

Joseph D. Calnan, a teacher and boat builder, is the first two-time winner of the Barkhausen Award for a paper “The Pilot of La Salle’s Griffon” based on new research into 17th century French source materials. Trained as a wooden boat builder in England, Calnan began his career in a French-speaking yard in Nova Scotia. In between boatbuilding jobs, he has earned college degrees in English, native studies and experiential education.

During a career of almost 30 years, marine artist Peter Rindlisbacher has become known as one of the finest maritime artists in the Great Lakes region particularly for documenting and interpreting the naval history of the region during late 18th and early 19th centuries.

John Polacsek, retired curator of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, who has lead the Association’s multi-year effort to preserve and digitize a unique collection of early 19th century source materials from the Mackinac Custom House Collection of the Detroit Library.

2011

Walter Lewis, author and editor of the Maritime History of the Great Lakes web site, for a paper entitled “John Mosier and the Niagara: Joint Stock Associations and the Transition from Sail to Steam.” The paper is an account of the career of Capt. John Mosier, his role in the transition from sail to steam on the Great Lakes following the War of 1812, and how groups of investors, known as joint stock associations, were used to finance the construction of steamships on the Great Lakes during the early 19th century.

Maurice Smith, long-time executive director and now curator emeritus of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Ont. which has one of the largest integrated maritime history collections in Canada.

Steve Brisson, deputy director of the Mackinac State Historic Parks, a unique collection of living history museums and historic sites, at one of the true crossroads of Great Lakes maritime history.

2010

Michael Moir, an archivist at the York University Libraries in Toronto, for a paper entitled “Harbour Commissioners, Civil Engineers, and the Large-Scale Manipulation of Nature on Toronto’s Waterfront, 1883-1912.”

Kenneth Pott, executive director of The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in St. Joseph, Mich.

Ken Merryman, one of the founders of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society

2009

LeeAnne Gordon of Harbor Creek, Pa. for a paper entitled “History of the Schooners Newash and Tecumseth” which examined the history of two schooners built for the British Navy on the Great Lakes in 1815.

Ric Mixter, maritime history author and video producer, of Saginaw, Mich.

Paul LaMarre III, manager of maritime affairs for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and manager of the museum ship Willis B. Boyer

2008

John E. Ratcliffe for a paper entitled “The Mowat Boat and the Development of Small Watercraft on the Great Lakes” which examined the history of double-ended, clinker-built boat constructed by an Ontario fisherman in 1910 and was donated to the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Ont.

Brendon Baillod, maritime history research and author, and president of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association

Joyce Hayward, long-time head of the Association’s Diver Committee and founder of the Ohio chapter of Save Ontario Shipwrecks

2007

Dr. William Lafferty for a paper that examined the historical record to support the claim that the freighter Hennepin was the first self-unloading vessel on the Great Lakes. Lafferty is a member of Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates which located the freighter’s deep water wreck site in Lake Michigan in 2006.

Nancy Schneider, long-time editor of Inland Seas, the quarterly journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society

Capt. Walter Rybka, senior captain of the U.S. Brig Niagara and administrator of the Erie Maritime Museum in Erie, Pa.

2006

Thomas J. Lutz for a paper entitled “James Sears Dunham and His Gallant Fight for the Chicago River: A Brief History of Chicago’s Forgotten Maritime Man” which looked at the life and times of a leader of Chicago’s maritime industry in the second half of the 19th century.

Frederick Stonehouse, maritime historian and author of over 25 books on Great Lakes maritime history.

Dr. Charles E. Feltner, one of the founding members of the Detour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society

2005

Art Chavez for a paper that was detailed examination of the history and technology of the car ferry sea gate, a safety device designed to keep water from flooding into the stern of Lake Michigan railroad car ferries which operated with open sterns from the mid-18th until the tragic loss of the ferry Pere Marquette #18 in 1910.

C. Patrick Labadie, long-time director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Canal Park Museum, and now a researcher and historian for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Henry Barkhausen, maritime historian and author, who published his first book on Great Lakes maritime history in 1948, and was a founding member of the Association.

2004

Kathleen Warnes, a graduate student at the University of Toledo, for a paper on the life and work of Increase Lapham, a research scientist and advocate for marine safety on the Great Lakes during the 19th century.

Ted Friedlander, a major driving force in the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and the creation of it’s the Age of Sail on the Great Lakes 1678-1911 database

Holly Holcombe, director of the Steamship William G. Mather Museum in Cleveland, and founding member of the Harbor Heritage Society.

2003

Kimberly E. Monk for a paper entitled “From Prince to Pauper: Portrait of the Welland Canal Ship Sligo  which traces the long and varied career of a canal schooner from its 1860 construction at a shipyard in St. Catharines, Ont. to its loss off Toronto in 1918.

John Burke, a trustee emeritus of the Great Lakes Historical Society who has been involved in the Society’s work for over 30 years.

Dick Moehl, president of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association and a leader in the efforts to preserve and restore the St. Helena Lighthouse.

2002

Joseph D. Calnan, a teacher and boat builder from Kingston, Ont. for a paper on Moise Hillaret, the 17th century shipwright for the famed French explorer LaSalle based on original French documents of the period.

 

2001

Art Amos and Dan Lindsay for paper entitled “The Discovery of the Schooner St. James” which documents the archaeological and research work over many years to identify the remains of a schooner that was lost in Lake Erie in 1870.

 

 

 

 

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