The preliminary schedule for the February 14 – 17, 2018, Maritime Heritage Conference in New Orleans has been released. Society Board Member Mike Vogel has prepared a track specifically on lighthouses with a wide variety of topics. Speakers include Debra Baldwin (Lighthouse Digest), Candace Clifford (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Jessie Cragg (University of West Florida), Celestina Cuadrado (National Lighthouse Museum), Linda Dianto (National Lighthouse Museum), Ralph Eshelman (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Henry Gonzalez (U.S. Lighthouse Society), Jon Hill (Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum), Bryan Lijewski (Michigan State Historic Preservation Office), Scott Howell (Robinson Iron), Joseph J. Jakubik (International Chimney Corp.), Amy Lent (Maine Maritime Museum), Josh Liller (Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse), Ted Panayotoff (Lighthouse and Naval historian), Ellen Rankin (National Park Service), Michelle Smay (Smay Trombley Architecture), Ken Smith (KS Architects), Mike Vogel (Buffalo Lighthouse Association), Wayne Wheeler (U.S. Lighthouse Society), and David Zapatka (Plum Beach Lighthouse Association).
In addition to lighthouses, conference topics will include, but are not limited to, Maritime and Naval History; Coast Guard History, Maritime Art, Literature, and Music; Education and Preservation; Underwater Archaeology; Trade and Communications; Maritime Libraries, Archives, and Museums; Marine Science and Ocean Conservation; Historic Vessel Restoration; Maritime Heritage Grant Program; Maritime Landscapes; National Marine Sanctuaries; Inland Waters; Commerce and Seaport Operations; Small Craft; Shipbuilding; Marine Protected Areas; Crew and Staff Training and Development; Tall Ships, Sail Training, and Education Under Sail; Vessel Operations and Safety; Tall Ships® Events and Host Ports; Not-for-Profit Administration; Fund Development; Media and Publications; and Marketing and Social Media.
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Submitted by Candace Clifford, February 3, 2018
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Candace was the US Lighthouse Society historian from 2016 until she passed away in August 2018. For 30 years, her work involved lighthouse history. She worked with the National Park Service and the Council of American Maritime Museums. She was a noted author and was considered the most knowledgable person on lighthouse information at the National Archives. Books by Candace Clifford include: Women who Kept the Lights: a History of Thirty-eight Female Lighthouse Keepers , Mind the Light Katie, and Maine Lighthouses, Documentation of their Past.