Association for Great Lakes Maritime History annual conference

The Association for Great Lakes Maritime History (AGLMH) annual conference is a fascinating and informative event.

The AGLMH is a professional association of institutions—museums, archives, libraries, dive organizations—and individuals from throughout Canada and the U.S. involved in preserving and interpreting the unique maritime history of the Great Lakes region.

This gathering provides an opportunity for the exchange of news and ideas on maritime history collections, exhibitions, research, and publishing.

Association for Great Lakes Maritime History annual conference

What:          Association for Great Lakes Maritime History annual conference

When:         September 7-9, 2023 (open to the public Saturday 8am-3pm)

Where:        Port of Ludington Maritime Museum (217 South Lakeshore Drive Ludington, MI)

Cost:           $65.00 for one day or $195.00 full conference 

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Association for Great Lakes Maritime History annual conference (photo by Wyatt Duinsmore)



Thursday, September 7, 2023

Opening Reception

West Shore Community College’s Manierre Dawson Gallery, inside the Arts & Sciences Building

3000 N. Stiles Rd., Scottville, MI 49454

5:30-7:30 pm – AGLMH members and guests are welcome to a casual reception with our hosts – highlighting the new exhibit at WestShore Community College, “Remembering 150 Years of Maritime Legacy.” The exhibit honors Ludington’s rich maritime heritage and was developed to coincide with Ludington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. The exhibit consists of two short videos highlighting a series of historical and contemporary images. Several artifacts from the Mason County Historical Society and the Detroit Historical Society’s collections honoring Ludington’s maritime history are also included. Light appetizers will be served.


Friday, September 8, 2023

Annual Association Membership Meeting

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum – 217 South Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, MI 49431

The Annual Meeting of the Association of Great Lakes Maritime History is hosted by Sponsoring Institution Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

9:00 am – Conference Registration and Welcome

9:30 am – Annual Business Meeting

12:00 pm – Lunch

1:15 pm – Member Updates

3:00 pm – Afternoon tours on your own. Suggestions:

Ludington State ParkBig Sable Point LighthouseHistoric White Pine VillageNorth Break Water LighthouseWaterfront Sculpture Park

6:00 pm – Dinner on Your Own

*Meeting and roundtable open to all Association members


Saturday, September 9, 2023


Mason County Research Center – 130 E. Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI

(Note: walk-ins welcomed for conference/roundtable but lunch cannot be guaranteed. Pre-registration encouraged.)

Conference & Dinner Open to the Public

8:00 am – Registration – breakfast pastries & coffee

9:00 am – 2:00 pm – Presentations and Lunch:

Valerie van Heest and Rebecca Berringer: Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

Mike Nagle: The Forgotten Iron King of the Great Lakes: Eber Ward

Brian Jaeschke: Wood, Steel and Ice: History of the Straits of Mackinac Railway Ferries

Brendon Baillod – Ghosts of the Oceana Coast

2:00 pm – Great Lakes Maritime History Research Roundtable

Shipwreck Artifact Collectors and States: How To Work Together

Panelists to be announced.

3:30 pm – Conference Wrap up


Saturday, September 9, 2023

“2022 AGLMH Awards Dinner”

Stearns Hotel – 212 E. Ludington Ave. Ludington, MI

Dinner Open to Members, Awardees, and Guests

5:00 pm – Reception Cash Bar

6:00 pm – Dinner

6:45 pm – Awards Ceremony

7:10 pm – Presentation – Technological Evolution of the Lake Michigan Railroad Car Ferries

Art Chavez (2005 Barkhausen Award Winner)


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