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This page seeks to provide professionals with a global perspective on maritime heritage preservation and interpretation, along with insights into best management practices for museums, trends in tourism and cultural resource management, and personnel-related news and information.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis. has announced that construction is now underway at its Wisconsin Mariti...
12/06/2023

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wis. has announced that construction is now underway at its Wisconsin Maritime Heritage Center, which is located at the site of a former car dealership on Franklin Street in downtown Manitowoc.

The Maritime Museum acquired the site in 2007. It includes a large building and about 90,000 square feet of property four blocks from the museum. With the acquisition, the institution was able to consolidate its collections storage into one facility and increased its storage capacity.

The current need to upgrade the existing facility came after the Maritime Museum recently doubled its permanent collection and the facility was inadequate to properly house the newly acquired items. In addition, it lacks the space needed to continue to grow the institution’s collection.

The upgraded facility will be multi-functional, according to Catherine Green, the Maritime Museum’s executive director. In addition to helping protect artifacts, the Heritage Center site will include outdoor exhibits, a public garden, a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory and a boatbuilding shop.

A total of $400,000 has already been pledged to the project by the City of Manitowoc, the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation and the Fund for Lake Michigan. The Maritime Museum is looking to raise an additional $400,000 to complete the current phase of the project.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum currently cares for a permanent collection of nearly 20,000 artifacts. It is also home to a substantial archive pertaining to the maritime history of Wisconsin, Manitowoc shipbuilding, and the World War II submarine U.S.S. Cobia.

Among the artifacts are more than 60 small crafts, about 300 regionally-built outboard motors, and over 250 ship models. Shipbuilding tools, marine navigational equipment, naval uniforms, and maritime archaeological artifacts also make up a significant part of the collection.

The Maritime Museum also cares for more than 10,000 Great Lakes shipwreck artifacts, curated on behalf of the State of Wisconsin. For many years, the museum has been the preferred repository for artifacts recovered from Wisconsin shipwrecks.

The facility on Franklin Street currently has space to house just over 12,000 artifacts and has become seriously overcrowded. In addition, much of the building lacks adequate climate control and conditions within the structure have deteriorated over time.

Efforts to improve the facility have been underway since 2017 when a multi-phase project began to address current concerns and plan for the future. Preliminary work was largely funded by two grant programs of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

In 2017, a Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) grant identified areas of greatest need for the collection, including climate control and efficient storage. That assessment informed an Museums for America: Collections Stewardship Program grant in 2018, to plan for improvements.

Information Sources:
https://www.wisconsinmaritime.org/collections/franklin-st-redevelopment-project/
https://fox11online.com/news/local/wisconsin-maritime-heritage-center-embarks-on-major-renovation-project-museum-manitowoc-community-catherine-green

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, the Chicago Maritime Museum will host a performance by Great Lakes performer Lee Murdock and ...
12/06/2023

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, the Chicago Maritime Museum will host a performance by Great Lakes performer Lee Murdock and the Dock Wallopers. The performance will feature two sets and will take place at the museum, which is located in the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Ill.

The first set begins at 4:00 p.m. CT and the second at 6:30 p.m. CT. In between sets, there will be a social gathering in the museum galleries featuring beverages and a cookie exchange. Tickets cost $25 for adults or $5 for those under 18. Museum members receive a $5 discount.

For tickets, call (773) 376-1982 or e-mail [email protected]. Tickets can be purchased in advance and will be sold at the door. To help with the event or cookie exchange, contact Kath Thomas, events coordinator Kath Thomas [email protected]

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According to a recent progress report issued by the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, the group is gettin...
12/05/2023

According to a recent progress report issued by the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, the group is getting ready for winter, and "we've been preparing our ships to face those conditions as best as our resources will allow." It goes on to say that "The release of pledged funding continues to be challenging."

In April 2022, a decommissioned U.S. Navy Fletcher-class destroyer began sinking at the Naval and Military Park which is located on the waterfront of Buffalo, N.Y. Park leadership reported a major breach in the hull caused the ship to take on water.

Just days after U.S.S. The Sullivans began sinking, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Buffalo to announce a three-prong plan to secure federal funding to save the ship. In July 2022, Schumer announced $7.5 million had been secured for repairs and restoration.

According to Andy Rabb, Buffalo's Deputy Commissioner of Public Works, the city completed a more detailed survey of the ship while completing the paperwork for that funding. That survey determined that an additional $13 million in funding will be needed.

The additional funding is needed for repairs of both The Sullivans and the U.S.S. Croaker, a World War II submarine at the Buffalo Naval Park, that also has hull issues. Officials hope to secure all the required funding in 2024 and begin addressing the needs of the two ships before next winter.

According to Buffalo Naval Park officials, the $490,000 that was secured by Congressman Brian Higgins days before the destroyer began sinking will be used for a "survivability plan" this winter.

The plan includes heating areas inside the ship, putting in dehumidifiers and pumps in areas prone to flooding, a flood alarm system, cameras, de-icing bubblers, and building up the electrical system to handle the pumps.

Information Sources:
https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/buffalo/officials-say-it-will-take-millions-more-to-save-uss-the-sullivans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngp91x8fXmQ&ab_channel=WKBWTV%7CBuffalo%2CNY

AAM: Museum Pricing for Affordability and ProfitIf your museum fluctuates between empty galleries at some times and visi...
12/05/2023

AAM: Museum Pricing for Affordability and Profit

If your museum fluctuates between empty galleries at some times and visitors beating down the doors at others, your admission may be too expensive - and too cheap. Here’s how a common corporate practice called variable pricing, using algorithms to calibrate cost to demand in real time, can help museums simultaneously serve more visitors and increase profits.

For more details, click on the link below:
https://www.aam-us.org/2020/01/20/variable-pricing

Image: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Mich.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore based in Munising, Mich. is requesting public comment on two proposals regarding visit...
12/04/2023

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore based in Munising, Mich. is requesting public comment on two proposals regarding visitor recreation in the park on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

One of the proposals would increase fees for the Au Sable Light Station tours from the current $5 per person to $10 per person to support operations at the light station. In addition, individuals would be able to make tour reservations on the recreation.gov web site.

The public comment period for the proposal ends on Dec. 31, 2023. The light station's grounds and maritime museum would remain open to the public without a fee. For more information regarding the proposal, and/or to submit comments, go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=55077

In addition to the light station tour fee proposal, a second proposal would create a reservable backcountry cabin at a site near the Twelve Mile Beach Campground. It would be open for public reservations on recreation.gov, with a proposed cost of $35 per night.

The cabin would be located on the Twelve Mile Beach bluff overlooking Lake Superior. It would have no running water or electricity and would be accessed via The North Country National Scenic Trail.

Information Source:
https://www.uppermichiganssource.com/2023/12/01/pictured-rocks-national-lakeshore-announces-public-comment-period-proposed-backcountry-cabin-updates-au-sable-light-station-tours/

The Westmoreland is among the Great Lakes shipwrecks that have reportedly fascinated armchair treasure hunters. The carg...
12/04/2023

The Westmoreland is among the Great Lakes shipwrecks that have reportedly fascinated armchair treasure hunters. The cargo-laden passenger steamer sank in the icy waters of the Manitou Passage off the Leelanau Peninsula in December 1854.

Bound for Mackinac Island on its last voyage of the year, with provisions (and possibly pay) for soldiers at Fort Mackinac, the 200-foot-long ship foundered in an early winter snowstorm. Legend has it that $20 million in gold coins (in today’s currency) and a priceless cache of rare whiskey were onboard.

Interest in the Westmoreland intensified when Michigan resident Ross Richardson discovered the shipwreck sitting upright on the floor of Platte Bay in 2010. It reached a fervor earlier this year when Richardson announced plans to salvage the whiskey and other treasures from the ship over the summer.

That salvage - despite the international publicity - has yet to happen. Richardson wasn’t able to pursue that work over the summer and is in the process of obtaining the necessary permits from the state of Michigan. To date, no artifacts have been removed from the shipwreck, which rests 180 feet below the surface.

Information Source and for more details, see:

Few shipwrecks in the Great Lakes pique the fascination of armchair treasure hunters as much as the Westmoreland, a cargo-laden passenger steamer that m...

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, over 1,000 Christmas trees were unloaded from the deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackina...
12/03/2023

On Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, over 1,000 Christmas trees were unloaded from the deck of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw by volunteers as part of the 24th annual Christmas Tree Ship celebration in Chicago. The trees are now being delivered to deserving local families.

For over 30 years in the early 1900s, the arrival of the schooner Rouse Simmons marked the start of Chicago’s holiday season. The three-masted vessel would arrive to waiting crowds with a Christmas tree tied to its main mast and its deck loaded with trees that would be sold dockside.

The Rouse Simmons soon became known as the “Christmas Tree Ship.” The modern-day reenactment of its arrival began in 1999. The annual event is organized by Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee, working with the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chicago's Navy Pier, private individuals, volunteer groups and members of the boating-marine community.

The trees are made possible by the financial support of the Christmas Tree Ship Committee by sponsors, donors and contributors. The trees were distributed by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. Youth volunteers who helped unload them from the Mackinaw and load them onto trucks included Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and Young Marines.

This year’s “Christmas Tree Ship” celebration began on Monday, November 27th, when the Mackinaw and its trees departed Cheboygan, Mich. While enroute to Chicago, the ship and its crew held a short ceremony at the wreck site of the Rouse Simmons near Two Rivers, Wis.

The schooner, and its cargo of trees, was lost with all hands during a storm in November 1912. In addition to paying respects to the 12 mariners who lost their lives, this year’s ceremony also paid respects to the six mariners lost when the schooner Kate Kelly sank in Lake Michigan.

Launched in 1867, the two-masted schooner was built in Tonawanda, N.Y. by the shipyard of J.B. Martel. The 126-foot vessel was designed to transport bulk cargo such as grain, coal, iron ore and wood products.

The ship capsized and sank during a gale near Racine, Wis. on May 13, 1895. As part of this year’s ceremony, the Kate Kelly’s anchor was returned to the waters of Lake Michigan. The artifact had been recovered unintentionally during aids-to-navigation operations.

Information Sources:
https://www.christmasship.org/
https://greatlakeships.org/2903521/data?n=1
https://www.mlive.com/news/2023/11/coast-guards-christmas-tree-ship-returns-anchor-to-lake-michigan-shipwreck.html

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. will host a hybrid presentation entitle...
12/03/2023

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. will host a hybrid presentation entitled “World War II and Door County” by Kevin Osgood, the museum’s executive director. The free program will be presented both in person and on-line.

The event begins at 7:00 p.m. CT and looks at how Door County, Wis. and its shipbuilding industry mobilized to build hundreds of vessels to support the war effort. It is part of the museum’s Maritime Speakers Series sponsored by the Door County Medical Center.

Although attendance is free, attendees are asked to donate a non-perishable food item. Those who attend on-line are asked to donate to a local food pantry. To register or for more details for on-line view using the Zoom platform, go to:

http://www.dcmm.org/seaperch/maritime-speaker-series.

Image: After its completion, the U.S. Navy World War II patrol craft PC-496 floats next to the tug John Roen III in the shipping channel at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. (Source: Door County Maritime Museum).

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, the Marquette Maritime Museum in Marquette, Mich. will host a performance of sea chanties, shi...
12/02/2023

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, the Marquette Maritime Museum in Marquette, Mich. will host a performance of sea chanties, shipwreck ballads and instrumentals reflecting the lives and times of sailors on the Great Lakes and beyond by Tim DeMarte and Dan Truckey.

DeMarte and Truckey are members of the Celtic music trio The Knockabouts. Their program will start at 7:00 p.m. ET at at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. and is part of the museum’s winter “Maritime History on Tap” series. The evening will begin with a brief annual membership meeting for the Maritime Museum. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

Information Source:
https://www.miningjournal.net/news/local/2023/11/maritime-museum-program-on-tap/

Image: The Great Lakes schooner Hattie Hutt, circa 1908 (Source: Library of Congress Detroit Publishing Co. Collection). The vessel was built in Saugatuck, Mich. in 1873, and wrecked in 1929.

11/30/2023
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Day 28: Icon

Once the C&O formally took over the Pere Marquette Railroad in 1947, the Chessie Cat became known all over Michigan, and was quickly made the icon of the Ludington ferry fleet. Often depicted in C&O promotional material, the family of cats was used to bring a softer look to a railroad that advertised that you could "sleep like a kitten" in their comfortable accommodations. In addition to Chessie, the C&O introduced other members of the family like Peak, "the father of her famous kittens" Nip and Tuck. At the peak of Chessie's usage, you could find anything from neckties to bars of soap with the famous railroad cat on it.

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Day 22: Time

Our 3rd Floor exhibit "Steaming Into the Future," presents a complete timeline of the S.S. Badger's history from its planning all the way to the present day. The exhibit showcases just how adaptable the Badger and those who run it have been during its now 70 year long career, adjusting the ship to meet the unique needs of its day.

11/30/2023

The end of is here. Thank you for joining us in remembering those lost during the "deadliest month" on the .
If you are interested in learning more about the shipwrecks in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, head over to https://thunderbay.noaa.gov/shipwrecks/

Image: A diver hovers above the shipwreck E.B. ALLEN. Courtesy of TBNMS.

11/30/2023

The Association of Midwest Museums has announced its 2024 Conference Call for Proposals! OMA is proud to partner with AAM for "The Way Forward," July 31-Aug 3 in Columbus to investigate the ways in which Midwest museums are preparing for the future – seeking relevance, viability, and sustainability – and focus on building the people skills needed to get there. Learn more about how to propose sessions, workshops, posters, and conversation stations about your museum’s new projects, programs, and initiatives at ammconference.org. Deadline to apply is Jan. 19.

11/30/2023
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We are excited to announce the launch of our latest project- we are hitting the airwaves!

When at the New Lighthouse, turn your car radio to 1610 AM. The short ~10-minute recording is a great way to hear a bit of Presque Isle’s fascinating maritime history when the museums are closed for the winter season. When the lighthouses open in the spring, a new recording will have updated park information.

Many thanks to the Township staff for their assistance with installing the low power transmitter in the tower to extend the broadcast range.

11/30/2023

Did you know TWSBA is hiring?

For the first time, TWSBA is hiring three very part time staff.

We’re looking for three “regional facilitators” for the following geographic areas: East Coast, Great Lakes/ Midwest, and the West Coast.

Working with regional TWSBA organizations, Facilitators will support:

* Coordination of a Region’s gatherings,
* Compilation of its assigned best practices documentation efforts,
and Collaborative efforts between regional TWSBA organizations.
* Other regionally focused functions which may be identified for
needed support.

Regional Facilitators will work with regional TWSBA committees to perform this work. Ideally, a Regional Facilitator has participated in a TWSBA program and represents communities served by TWSBA organizations in that region.

TWSBA Regional Facilitators will receive ten thousand dollars ($10,000) as a contractor for approximately six to eight hours of work per week over the course of one year.

Interested click the link to read the full job description... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CRP8nLBb_zt9PRjgE-

/view

11/30/2023

The sun sets on the Straits of Mackinac. Fires crackle in stone hearths. The smell of treats and warm beverages fill the crisp winter air. Laughter, conversation, and more can be heard emanating from inside the palisaded walls. It’s ‘A Colonial Christmas’ at Colonial Michilimackinac, where the traditions of the 17th and 18th century are alive for all to explore.

Lanterns light the path in Michilimackinac where storytellers recount the various traditions of historic residents, a retelling of the first Christmas at Mackinac in 1679, and the church at Ste. Anne’s prepared for Christmas Mass as it would have been in the 18th century. Create crafts to take home and bring the family out on the Parade Ground for historic games. All the while, enjoy delicious holiday snacks located throughout the fort.

https://www.mackinacparks.com/a-colonial-christmas/

Mackinac State Historic Parks is a MMA Museum Partner. If you are interested in being a Partner and taking advantage of benefits like this, visit https://www.michiganmuseums.org/Museum-Partner-Memberships.

11/30/2023

Day 29: Activity

There are tons of interactive things to do at the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum! One activity we frequently hear about from our patrons is our car ferry piloting simulator. In this simulation, you are either the first mate or the wheelsman of the 1920s-built Pere Marquette 22. Use an authentic car ferry helm and pair of engine-order telegraphs to safely navigate through three scenarios! Bring a friend because piloting a ship this size is a 2 person job!

11/30/2023

On behalf of all our volunteers, THANK YOU to the Frontenac Heritage Foundation for awarding us the Margaret Angus Award.
It means so much to know the dedication and passion they've show in the thousands of hours of work is recognised within the community. Without their incredible work, the Kingston Dry Dock property would not be what it is today - a space ready for new community programs, experiences and exhibits to further connect visitors with our maritime heritage.

❤️

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OPENING TOMORROW - Stop by soon to check out our newest exhibit space entitled "ADRIATIC: The Birth of Self-Unloading Technology!"

The artifacts featured in this exhibit date to approximately 1914 and are from the freighter ADRIATIC. The vessel was one of the oldest self-unloaders on the Great Lakes. Check out the exhibit to learn more about ADRIATIC's dramatic history!

A huge thank you goes to our partners for this exhibit: Broadwind Heavy Fabrications, Allstates Rigging, Fincantieri Marine Group, and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Visit our website to learn more about our current and upcoming exhibits: https://bit.ly/3Dzialn

WMM MEMBERS - Check your emails for a special members-only exhibit opening event invite!

[image description: collage of four images of the parts, moving, and final exhibit. The exhibit logo is in the middle of the graphic and the WMM logo is down at the bottom.]

The Door County Maritime Museum's tug John Purves will be going into dry dock at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. during the winter of...
11/30/2023

The Door County Maritime Museum's tug John Purves will be going into dry dock at Sturgeon Bay, Wis. during the winter of 2023-2024. Once in dry dock, repairs will be made to the vessel’s hull along with other improvements.

The Maritime Museum first opened the tug to the public in 2008 and over 70,000 people have toured it since then. According to Sam Perlman, the museum's deputy director and development manager, the last piece of funding needed for the repair work was recently secured.

Roen Salvage of Sturgeon Bay will tow the tug to nearby Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding where it will be dry docked with one of the winter fleet of vessels that comes to the shipyard for maintenance and repairs. It will return to its dock alongside the Maritime Museum by May 2024.

Information Source:
https://doorcountydailynews.com/news/710591

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, the Chicago Maritime Museum in Chicago, Ill. held its fourth annual CMMFestival fundraiser. ...
11/30/2023

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, the Chicago Maritime Museum in Chicago, Ill. held its fourth annual CMMFestival fundraiser. Nearly 100 people participated online and in-person, and raised $98,000 to support the museum, its programming, and exhibits.

The co-hosts for the event were photographer Barry Butler and musician Tom Kastle. Butler shared photographs of Chicago waterways from his new book, while Kastle and Daithi Wolfe brought the museum's gallery to life with music.

For more details, including link to view a recording of the live stream event, go to:
https://www.chicagomaritimemuseum.org/cmmfestival.html

In other news, on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, the Maritime Museum hosted a presentation entitled "A History of Ship Repair Facilities on the Great Lakes" by Walter Lewis, an award-winning member of the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

During the 19th century, the growing size of ships in the Great Lakes fleets demanded investment in specialized facilities. Those facilities needed specialized infrastructure for routine hull inspections, emergency repairs and major vessel rebuilds and repairs.

That infrastructure included capital investment in marine railways, dry docks and floating dock. Walter Lewis served in the 1980s and 90s as a member of the editorial board of FreshWater the historical journal published by the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston.

Currently, Lewis serves as the production editor of The Northern Mariner, the journal of the Canadian Nautical Research Society and the North American Society for Oceanic History. He is best known in the Great Lakes community for the Maritime History of the Great Lakes web site.

A recording of his live stream event will be posted on the link below:
https://www.chicagomaritimemuseum.org/past-events.html

Parks Canada recently designed the former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Alexander Henry as a National Historic Site.  ...
11/29/2023

Parks Canada recently designed the former Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Alexander Henry as a National Historic Site. The vessel is currently operated as a museum ship by the Transportation Museum of Thunder Bay in Thunder Bay, Ont.

According to Parks Canada, the ship is one of the best surviving examples of the federal icebreaker construction program of the late 1950s. It was designed by the Montreal naval architectural firm German & Milne and built by the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Co. at what is now Thunder Bay.

The vessel was launched on July 18, 1958. In addition to serving as the main Canadian icebreaker for Lake Superior, it also maintained navigational aids buoys during the sailing season, transported lighthouse keepers and supplies to light stations, and performed search-and-rescue missions.

The Alexander Henry was decommissioned in 1985 after 26 years on the Great Lakes. It was then part of the collection of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, Ont. for almost 30 years. In 2017, the vessel was purchased by the Transportation Museum (formerly the Lakehead Transportation Museum) and towed to Thunder Bay.

The designation has been welcomed by museum officials who hope it opens the door to new funding opportunities. Wally Peterson, chair of the museum, said its board is "honored" that the ship has been designated a national historic site since it opens up new funding opportunities for ongoing improvements and maintenance.

Information Source:
https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/alexander-henry-icebreaker-designated-a-national-historic-site-7699798

Image - Icebreaker Alexander Henry in October 2022.

On Monday, Nov. 23, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw left Cheboygan, Mich. with more than 1,000 Christmas tree...
11/29/2023

On Monday, Nov. 23, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw left Cheboygan, Mich. with more than 1,000 Christmas trees on board bound for Chicago, Ill. The event continues a holiday tradition that began in 2000.

The annual voyage also honors the memory of the schooner Rouse Simmons known as the "Christmas Tree Ship" which delivered holiday trees to Chicago for more than 30 years. The ship was lost with all hands in 1912 while carrying a cargo of trees.

The three-masted vessel sank in Lake Michigan near Two Rivers, Wis. While underway, the Mackinaw's crew pauses to remember the 16 sailors who lost their lives on that voyage. The schooner's story is recounted, a moment of silence is observed, and a wreath placed on the water to mark the location of the tragedy.

The Mackinac is due to arrive at Navy Pier in Chicago on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023. The following Saturday, the trees will be off-loaded by local youth volunteers, including Sea Cadets, Venture Crews, Sea Scouts and Young Marines.

The trees will then be loaded onto trucks for distribution to more than a thousand deserving families throughout the Chicago area by Ada S. McKinley Community Services. The gift of Christmas trees is made possible by the financial support of local sponsors, donors and contributors.

The Mackinaw's Christmas Tree Ship voyage is made possible by Chicago's Christmas Ship Committee, working together with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chicago's Navy Pier, private individuals, volunteer groups and the hard-working members of the local marine and boating community.

Information Sources:
https://www.mlive.com/news/2023/11/coast-guards-christmas-tree-ship-honors-1912-shipwreck-takes-michigan-trees-to-chicago.html
https://www.christmasship.org/

More than 1,000 trees will be distributed to families in need.

The volunteers who helped in the re-opening of the Great Lakes Museum (formerly the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes) in...
11/29/2023

The volunteers who helped in the re-opening of the Great Lakes Museum (formerly the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes) in Kingston, Ont. recently received the Margaret Angus Award for heritage conservation from the Frontenac Heritage Foundation.

“On regaining ownership, the facility was found to be in a dreadful state of repair, with the Pump Room inundated with water, with copper wiring gone, washrooms destroyed,” the Foundation noted in its awards presentation. “So began the reassembly of a group of dedicated volunteers who dedicated much time and effort to refurbish the building and bring it back to life.”

Information Source:
https://www.thewhig.com/news/kingston-marine-museum-volunteers-receive-top-heritage-award

According to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), traditional museum experiences sometimes lack regard for differing ...
11/28/2023

According to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), traditional museum experiences sometimes lack regard for differing ability levels and perspectives, causing certain groups to feel excluded.

As result, it is essential to create environments that are both physically and culturally accessible which means all audiences have access to the information and objects being presented and can learn from them. The implementation of universal design (UD) and universal design for learning (UDL) allows institutions to serve diverse audiences with a variety of ability levels.

For more details on UD and UDL, click on the link below.
https://www.aam-us.org/2023/11/27/tips-for-creating-accessible-museums-universal-design-and-universal-design-for-learning/

Image: The Daigo Fukuryu-maru or Lucky Dragon #5 Exhibition Hall in Tokyo, Japan which displays a wooden fishing boat that was contaminated by fallout from the nuclear tests conducted by the United States on Bikini Atoll in 1954.

The boat is now a multi-sensory exhibit where that visitors can walk around, absorbing its salt-water smell and experiencing its size. Those with visual impairments can also experience the vessel through a tactile model.

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