2016 Annual Meeting and Maritime History Conference
September 8-10 –
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Mich.


Beginning with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, this year’s meeting and conference is an opportunity to visit a regional treasure, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.  The Center houses over 9,000 square feet of immersive exhibits, including a full-size replica of a wooden schooner in the midst of a storm on Lake Huron.


There are also displays featuring the massive timbers of a Great Lakes shipwreck resting on the lake bottom, and displays that look at NOAA’s historic preservation, marine navigation, weather forecasting, and fisheries protection roles. The Association’s Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, September 9, followed by the Annual Maritime History Conference on Saturday, September 10.


The presentations at this year’s conference will include a wide range of both local and regional maritime history topics, and the public is welcome to attend at a reduced conference fee. The Association’s Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday evening and will include the presentation of this year’s Henry N. Barkhausen Award for Original Research in Great Lakes Maritime History, Joyce S. Hayward Award for Historic Interpretation, and Association for Great Lakes Maritime History’s Award for Historic Preservation.


Meeting and conference registration forms, along with lodging information, will be posted here as soon as it’s available.

Call for Conference Presentations, Papers and Programs

The Conference Committee of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History is always looking for interesting presentations, papers and programs for the Association’s Annual Maritime History Conference. The presenters for each year’s event are normally selected in late May or early June. If you’re interested in presenting or would like more details, contact the Conference Committee chair, Robert Graham of the Historical Collections of the Great Lakes at Bowling Green State University at rgraham@bgsu.edu.



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