Upcoming Conferences & Meetings

2018 Maritime History Conference
& Association Membership Meeting

September 6-8, 2018
National Museum of the Great Lakes
Toledo, Ohio

[PDF of Conference Brochure]

Thursday, September 6 – Opening Reception
The last time that the AGLMH family visited Toledo was in 2011. At that point the Great Lakes Historical Society had just acquired keys to their new building. Those of us in attendance could only imagine what Chris and Carrie and their team had in mind.
Today the National Museum of the Great Lakes, and the accompanying museum ship Col. James M. Schoonmaker, have become a fixture of the Toledo cultural community, and voted the “2nd Best Attraction in the State of Ohio” by USA Today.
The opening reception will take place at the museum on Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00.
Friday, September 7 – Member Business
Our Annual Business Meeting will take place at the NMGL between 9:30 and noon. Following lunch we will have our Museum Members’ Roundtable, the lightening round session of “who’s doing what” in research, archives, exhibitions and programing around the Great Lakes (5 minute limit please). Afterward, we’ll be treated to guided tours of the Schoonmaker, and then depart for our individual explorations of downtown Toledo’s gastronomic scene.
Unfortunately, the Mudhens’ season ends on September 3, but they are leading in the standings for the West division, so Governor Cup possibilities…?
Saturday, September 8 – Maritime History Conference and Awards Dinner
Saturday will feature four historical presentations, the Great Lakes Maritime History Research Round Table, and the annual Awards Dinner.
Historical presentations include:
  • Tom Kowalczk, Cleveland Underwater Explorers, “Discovery of the Argo: The Great Lakes’ Top Environmental Hazard”
  • Dan Welsh, “The Journey of the tugboat Leroy Brooks, Toledo, 1891″
  • Michael Moir, University Archivist, York University, Toronto, Ontario, “James Fraser Paige and the Rise of the Port Arthur Shipbuilding Company, 1917-1919”
  • Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist, Wisconsin Historical Society, “Solving the Mystery of the SS Lakeland”
Research Roundtable presenters include:
  • Jill Clever, Local History & Genealogy, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library
  • Matthew Daley, Associate Professor of History, Grand Valley State University (Dowling Collection – University of Detroit Mercy)
  • Julie Mayle, Associate Curator of Manuscripts, Hayes Presidential Center
  • Mark Sprang, Archivist, Historical Collection of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University
  • Joel Stone, Curator, Detroit Historical Society / Dossin Great Lakes Museum
All events on Saturday will take place at the Promedica Steam Plant, a unique reclaimed industrial space right on the Maumee River, two blocks from the conference hotel, the Park Inn, in downtown Toledo.
Complete information is included in the Conference Brochure.
A New Way to Register
Conference Registration packets are going out via traditional post this week. However, thanks to our creative host (and pinch-hitting conference organizer) Carrie Sowden, we now can register via credit card on EventBrite. Log in to http://aglmh2018.eventbrite.com. It’s super easy and make the registration angle a lot simpler for Carrie, too. If you prefer to pay by check, send it with your registration form to the NMGL, 1701 Front Street, Toledo, OH 43605.
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