Membership - American Sail Training Association

11th Annual Maritime Heritage Conference
and the
45th Annual Conference on Sail Training And Tall Ships
February 15-17-, 2018

New orleans, louisiana

Wed/Thurs, FEB. 14-15 FRI. FEB,16 SAT. FEB.17


Preliminary Agenda
(subject to change)

Friday, February 16, 2018
0730 0830 Registration & Breakfast
Featured Speaker:Carleen Lyden Walker: Connecting with the Past to Navigate a Sustainable Future -A Case for an International Congress to Advance Maritime Heritage
0830 1000
Block 5: Focus Sessions
Workplace Harassment: How to recognize and Report it.
Harassment in the workplace manifests in many forms. It can present itself online or in person, and be verbal, physical or sexual in nature. Abusive behavior like this creates a toxic work environment, but many workers feel uncomfortable reporting harassment to their bosses or home offices. In this session we’ll discuss how to create an environment conducive to reporting harassment and how to set up a safe reporting structure.  We will also focus on what happens when you have a reported incident or an allegation has been made. How do you prove it? What are the remedies? As the captain/first mate/deckhand/administrator, what is your role and what is the employers duty? What if these allegations have been made public – how do you respond?
0830 1000
Block 5: Maritime Heritage Papers
Outreach Opportunities
Two panelists will detail means to connect heritage with targeted constituencies

Moderator: Karen Belmore, University of West Florida 
    1. Accessing USS Constitution’s War of 1812 Records through a Digital Portal (Carl Herzog, USS Constitution Museum)
2. The Naval Academy Preparatory School and Battleship Cove Partnership
    ( Petty Officer Second Class Matthew R. Bowling, Naval Academy Preparatory School)
Oceanic History: Three pre-20th Century papers from three well-known scholars shall offer fascinating aspects maritime history.
Moderator: TBD

1. Shipping Horses: New England and the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World (Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Ph.D., Roger Williams University)
2. “Mutiny, Murder, and Strife: on the Family Ship Jefferson Borden, 1875 (Joshua M. Smith, Ph.D. American Merchant Marine Museum, USMMA )
3. The First Great Wall at Sea: Imperial China’s Efforts to Create a Modern Fleet: (Paul Fortenoy, Ph.D., North Carolina Maritime Museums)

West Florida Heritage Trails: Maritime Heritage Trails serve to connect the public with the sea using historical hooks. With hundreds of miles of coastline, Florida offers opportunities to use this method of engagement.Moderator: TBD

1. The Pensacola Maritime Heritage Trail: Bringing History and Archaeology to the Waterfront (Nicole Grinnan, Florida Public Archaeology Network, Del Scott-Ireton, Ph.D., Florida Public Archaeology Network, Amy Mitchell-Cook, Ph.D., Florida Public Archaeology Network, Mike Thomin, Florida Public Archaeology Network)
2. The Blackwater Maritime Heritage Trail Concept and Innovations (Andrew Van Slyke, University of West Florida, Kenyan Murrell, University of West Florida)

Diving with a Purpose: Underwater/Territorial Archaeology Missions to Reclaim, Memory, Heritage, and History
Moderator: Kamau Sadiki, President, National Association of Black Scuba Divers

1. Sustainable Archaeology: Developing Cultural and Natural Heritage Stewardship in St. Croix, USVI (Justin Dunnavent, Ph.D., Society of Black Archaeologists, University of California Santa Cruz, Ayana Flewellen, Society of Black Archaeologists, University of Texas, The Founding and Growth of Diving with a Purpose, Ken Stewart, Founder and Program Director)
2. Bringing the Sao Jose Paquete de Africa to Memory: Returning the Mozambican People to their Homeland (Kamau Sadiki, President, National Association of Black Scuba Divers,Tuskegee Aiirman —American Heroes: A Unique Perspective on Submerged Cultural Heritage Resources (Jay V. Haigler, National Association of Black Scuba Divers)

Lighthouse Heritage: This panel celebrates the contributions made in the early 19th century by an American original and updates the state of his legacy.
Moderator: TBD

1. Establishing the Lights – The Impact of Winslow Lewis (Wayne Wheeler, USLHS president)
2. National Lighthouse Museum Update (Linda Dianto and Celestina Cuadrado) 
3. Stars and Lights (David Zapatka, president, Plum Beach Lighthouse Association)

1000 1030 Break
1030 1200
Block 6: Focus Sessions

The Sailing School Vessels Act of 1982 and the Legal Status of the Sail Trainee (Rebecca Pskowski, JD, Attorney)

Reinventing the Festival
Tulane University, based in NOLA, struggles with being so familiar that they have trouble finding funding from their alumni and respect for their sports teams.  As such, they brought in a new team, and have devised a new outreach program far beyond the confines of New Orleans.  We’ll also have speakers from the festival side of New Orleans. No does festivals better than New Orleans, they have a festival every single weekend of the year – some have been running for more than 30 years,  so they are constantly re-inventing themselves. This session will explore the question of how do you sell a product people love and have seen before (and don’t need to see it again)? How do you fight, “Been there, done that”?
Speakers: Director of Sports Marketing, Tulane; local festival organizers
A Snapshot in Time: The Importance of Contemporaneous Historic Images in Ship Restoration (Jamie White, Master Rigger)
1030 1200
Block 6:Maritime Heritage Papers
Using Vessels to Educate: This panel shall demonstrate various ways that small craft can excite the next generation (and the current one as well) about our maritime heritage.
Moderator: Thomas J. Rassau, Eastern Carolina Vocational Center  

1.Teaching with Small Boats – and Managing the Work (Joe Youcha, Teaching with Small Boats Alliance)
2. Launch the Boats: Using Restored Historic Small Boats to Rescue Public Enthusiasm for Our Shared Maritime Heritage (Mark C. Koch, Oceaneering International)
3. The Thema C.: Converting a wood Alaskan Fishing Boat into a Maritime Interpretive Exhibit (Toby Sullivan, Kodiak Maritime Museum)

Maritime Education Outreach Programs: Representatives from three educational organizations discuss how their programs engage young audiences.
Moderator: David Pickering, Steamship Historical Society of America

1. St Croix, USVI – Linking Submerged and Terrestrial Cultural Heritage Resources (Jay V. Haigler, National Assn. of Black Scuba Divers )
2. The Egan Maritime Institute Sea of Opportunities Program (Pauline Proch, Egan Maritime Institute)
3. STEAMing into the Future: Interactive, Web-based Education (Aimee L. Bachari, ,Steamship Historical Society of America )

Interpreting Lighthouses:
    1. Saving Michigan's Offshore Lights(Mike Vogel, Buffalo Lighthouse Association President)
2.Explaining Pensacola's Maritime History through the Lens of a Lighthouse(Jessie Cragg, University of West Florida)
3. Think Big! Into the Lantern Room - A Lighthouse Experience (Amy Lent, Executive Director Maine Maritime Museum)
1200 1330 Lunch: Featured Speaker, Nathan Hauser, Vice President/General Manager,Moran Towing Corporation, Philadelphia
Presentation of the Maritime Heritage Conference Award of Distinction
Presentation of the Tall Ships America 2017 Sail Training Program of the Year Award
Presentation of the Tall Ships America 2017 Sea Education Program of the Year Award
1330 1500
Block 7: Focus Sessions
Navigating the Regulatory Seas: Licensing & Manning Updates
Succession Planning
Presenter: Molly Bolster
Maritime High Schools: Programmatic Opportunities
1330 1500
Block 7: Maritime Heritage Papers
Early USCG History: Though the Coast Guard came into existence a mere century ago, it traces its roots to the establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service in the late 18th century.  
Moderator: Capt. Robert Desh, USCG (Ret.) Foundation for Coast Guard History

1. Seven Flags over the Cooper: James Maud Eiford and the Quest for a Universal Maritime Signal Code (James Risk, Ph.D., University of South Carolina)
2. The Last Cruise of the USRC Gallatin (Christopher G. Allen-Shinn, National Park Service)
3. Sailing Into The Storm: The Obscure Story of the Rendition of a Fugitive Slave by the U.S. Revenue Cutter Morris (Cdr. Ted Bull USCG (Ret.)

: Preserving Historic Vessels Big and Small: This panel offers a big-small historic vessel compare and contrast with the common theme of no matter what size the craft, there are challenges with upkeep!
Moderator: Matt Schulte, Steamship Historical Society of America

1. N.S. Savannah Decommissioning and License Termination – An Opportunity for the Future (Erhard W. Koehler, Maritime Administration)
2. The Last Sail Fishing Fleet in North America: The Preservation and Maintenance of the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack (Frank B. Arbusto Jr., Calvert Maritime Museum)
3. Higgins other “Little Ships” (Ron Skaggs, Independent Researcher)

Saving the Lights: This panel offers ways ahead to preserve these treasured historical navigation landmarks.
Moderator: Mike Vogel, Secretary, United States Lighthouse Society
    1. Preservation and Creative Reuse (Wayne Wheeler, Founding President, USLHS)
2. The National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (Ellen Rankin, National Park Service)
3. Funding Preservation, the USLHS Grants Program (Henry Gonzalez, USLHS Vice President)
1500 1530 Networking Break
1530 1700
Block 8: Focus Sessions
Restoring Historic Ships to Modern Regs
Security and Public Safety
Are you in the dark when speaking with your public safety partners? Do they speak in acronyms and its lost in translation?   How ready are you in the event of a real emergency at your event?  Learn the terminology and importance of proper usage when planning and managing public safety at a Tall Ships Festival.  For example what is ICS and why is it important for a Tall Ships festival? We will also explore how the correct event structure is important when communicating in a crisis situation with public sector stakeholders such as law enforcement, fire, and medical response agencies.
Speaker: Steve Sutch
The Educational Use of Waterfront Space: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Carl Herzog, USS Constitution Museum
Robert Kiihne, USS Constitution Museum
Jonathan Boulware, South Seaport Museum
Chris Gasiorek, Mystic Seaport
1530 1700
Block 8: Maritime Heritage Papers
Additional USCG History and Harbor Pilots:
Established just in time for World War I, the Coast Guard has played a role in the nation’s defense, disaster response, and maritime safety. Harbor Pilots are also critical for the safe passage of increasingly larger vessels to our ports. 
Moderator: Cdr, Gary Thomas, USCG (Ret.) Foundation for Coast Guard History

1. The Foundation For Coast Guard History Annual Awards Program (Short Presentation)(John Galluzzo, Foundation for Coast Guard History, Cdr. Gary Thomas USCG (Ret.), Foundation for Coast Guard History, Capt. Bob Desh, USCG (Ret.), Foundation for Coast Guard History)
2. “Plan One, Acknowledge” United States Coast Guard Operations in World War I (William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area)
2. Katrina: Responding to the Biggest Disaster in American History (Capt. Robert G. Mueller, USCG (Ret.), Turn Services)
3. The Life of a San Francisco Pilot (Capt. Paul Lobo, Pilot and author Crossing the Bar)

Inland Waters: The Mississippi River basin brings maritime heritage opportunities to the nation’s heartland and these presentations will highlight the activities of two unique institutions.
Moderator TBD

1. The Jahnke Shipyard: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum’s Place in Naval History (Mary “Trixie” LeBlanc, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum)
2. Networking your Message: How the Mississippi River Museum became a Major Maritime Museum By Working with Local, Regional, and National Partners to Raise $100 million (Jerry Enzler, National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium)

The Maritime Heritage Grant Program: How it Works: Tips for Applicants: After a presentation from the CEO of the San Diego Maritime Museum, conference attendees will be able to engage with those who are intimately involved in a program that has provided millions of dollars to support projects sponsored for non-profit organizations across the countryModerator: Tim Runyan, National Maritime Alliance

1. Two Maritime Heritage Grant Case Studies: The Pilot of 1914 and the Star of India of 1863: (Ray Ashley, Ph.D.  Maritime Museum of San Diego)
2. Roundtable Q&A (Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, Ph.D., National Park Service, Tim Runyan, Ph.D., National Maritime Alliance, K. Denise Rucker Krepp, KDRKrepp Consulting)

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