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Maritime Meeting Extravaganza

13-15 May, in Mystic and Avery Point, Connecticut

Program co-chairs for the event, Matthew McKenzie, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, and Paul O ‘ Pecko, Vice President of Collections & Research at Mystic Seaport, have arranged three days of seminars, talks, get-togethers, tours, cruises,

 receptions, and dinners, where members from the five maritime organizations can meet with one another and learn about current research and programs being developed by each.

Early reservations are recommended because space is limited for several of the activities.

“Maritime Environments,” the conference theme, explores the contemporary crises in the wo rld’s oceans and examines how we have approached similar problems in the past.

As Professor McKenzie states, “Once again, the world’s attention has been pulled back to the marine environment. Continued concerns over depleted fish stocks, piracy, changing climate,

global shipping policies, and the safety of merchant mariners and port communities have all recently converged to remind scholars,

policy makers, and citizens alike that we ignore our relationships to the marine world at our peril.

More than just recent phenomena, however, each of these ties between society and the marine environment has deep historical roots.”

Speakers will tackle this complex theme through talks, presentations, and panels. Highlights NMHS members won’t want to miss will be:

Chairman Ronald Oswald’s presentation on the National Maritime Historical Society;

Sea History editor Deirdre O ‘Regan’s discussion on tips for getting published in the magazine; a cruise down the Mystic River aboard the historic steamboat Sabino;

and the Friday banquet speaker Helen Rozwadowski, author of Fathoming the Ocean and winner of the prestigious NASOH Lyman Award.

Avery Point and begins with a NMHS Business Meeting and opportunity to meet NMHS staff and trustees. UConn Avery Point is sponsoring a Fisher’s Island Sound cruise.

Excursions to the USS Nautilus Museum and a back-door tour of the USCG Academy are also planned for Saturday.

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