We are delighted to announce that the National Maritime Historical Society is holding our Annual Meeting in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) and the Canadian Nautical Research Society (CNRS) on 15–17 May in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Home of the Erie Maritime Museum and the US Brig Niagara, Erie holds a special place in the annals of history as the building site and homeport for the 1813 USS Niagara and USS Lawrence, flagships of Lt. Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie. Captain Walter Rybka, the museum’s administrator and Niagara’s senior captain will be recounting the story of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Thursday Night: There will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the Erie Maritime Museum followed by a welcome reception at the museum.
On Friday afternoon Captain Rybka will lead the staff aboard the brig Niagara in demonstrating the ship’s equipment, rigging, and setting and striking sail.
Dine with a Presenter: At dinner on Friday night there will be an opportunity to “dine with a presenter.” Get to know one of the speakers at the conference by joining them for an evening meal. Reservations will be made at area restaurants, and there will be a sign-up sheet to select the restaurant and presenter of your choice. (Each person will pay his/her own fare.)
NMHS Business Meeting: On Saturday, each organization will conduct its business meeting. The NMHS annual meeting is always interesting and provides a good opportunity to learn more about what is going on with your Society and hear from Sea History editor Deirdre O’Regan about what’s happening with the magazine, including updates on stories we’ve covered in past issues.
Three Lights on the Lake—Lighthouses Tour: Saturday afternoon we will tour the only three lighthouses along the Western Peninsula— the Erie Land Lighthouse, the North Pier Light, and the Presque Isle Lighthouse. This is a rare opportunity—these lighthouses are not open to the public.
Self-Guided Tour of Erie’s Downtown Historic Sites and Museum: Board the free Erie Bayliner Trolley (at the Erie Maritime Museum or near the Sheraton) to explore downtown sites any time during the conference. The Erie Art Museum (open Saturday/Sunday) and the Erie County Historical Society (open Saturday only) are offering discounted admission to conference participants. Your conference materials will include a trolley map and schedule, with a list of other sites of interest within a few blocks of the trolley line, as well as restaurants and pubs along the route to suit every taste and budget.
Banquet: The conference final reception and banquet (cash bar) at the Ambassador Conference Center will take place Saturday evening.
Conference Hotel: Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel at 55 West Bay Drive, Erie PA 16507. We have a great rate of $129 per night; we recommend you make your reservation now. Be sure to use the code North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) to get the group rate.
Registration Fees: All registration fees for the conference include continental breakfasts, lunches, receptions, and the Saturday banquet and lighthouse tour.
Member (NMHS, CNRS, Erie Maritime, or NASOH): $229
One-day registration: Thursday $80; Friday $80; Saturday $140
*Registration does not include Friday night’s dinner.*
You can make your Annual Meeting reservation online or by calling NMHS headquarters at 914 737-7878, ext. 0 or by mailing in the registration form on the wrapper of Sea History 146, Spring 2014.
Special Offer from the Brig Niagara
The US Brig Niagara is offering a special sail training program in conjunction with the NASOH conference, from 14 May through 1 June. Conference attendees will be eligible for a 50% discount off the regular tuition, or $750 total, which includes lodging onboard the ship during the conference, plus full lodging and board after the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to help rig and sail Niagara, a reconstructed square-rigged 19th-century warship, in an experiential learning environment specifically geared towards graduate students and maritime history professionals. For details, call 814 452-2744 ext. 214 or email email@example.com. (www.flagshipniagara.org)