Join us in Rhode Island for the

50th Anniversary Gaspee Days

Maritime HistorySymposium

Friday, May 29thSaturday, May 30th, 2015

Who:Maritime historians, US historians, Librarians, Archivists, Museum specialists, graduate students,and all those interested in maritime history.

What:Gather for sessions that examine the legacy of Rhode Island’s Gaspee Affairand other maritime topics related to New England’s maritime culture and history. Come experience the enticement and rich history ofProvidenceandRhode Island.Our conference site is situated at the historic India Point waterfront of Providence and is a short walk to world-class restaurants,WaterFire(if lit), museums, theaters, galleries, and shopping.

Where:Wyndham Garden Hotel/ Providence

220 India Street, Providence, RI02903United States

  • Reduced room rates available to conference attendees.
  • Cost $40 per person(if any profit - to Gaspee Days Committee)
  • Cocktail reception on Friday at 6 pm overlooking
    Providence’s waterfront.
  • Optional brief sail excursion(details pending)


Friday, May 29th:

  • 6 pm: Welcomes and Introductions - Cocktail reception on the deck overlooking India Point and Providence Waterfront
  • 7 pm: D. K. Abbass – Director, RI Marine Archaeology Project
    What's the Gaspee and What's Not, What's Passé and What's Hot, and Why the Public Should Care

Saturday, May 30th

  • 9 am: Marti Klein – CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fullerton, Faculty, Department of Liberal Studies
    Temporary Mobility, Travel Narratives, and the ‘Pull’ of the Sea
  • 9:45 am BREAK
  • 10 am: Christopher P. Magra – Assoc. Prof. of Early American History, Dept. of History, Univ. of Tennessee
    “Seeing their trade distressed”: Press Gangs, Profits, and Revolution
  • 11 am: Peter and David Emerick – Glovers Field Musick, Uxbridge, Mass.
    “Lumps of Pudding, Pieces of Pie”: Martial music of the 1770’s with a seafaring heritage
  • 12 noon: LUNCH BREAK (Many fine restaurants a short stroll into Providence)
  • 1:30 pm: Joel Sokolsky, Prof of Political Science, Royal Military College of Canada, and David Manning, author of Global Arms Series
    The Newport Connection: A Study of the International Officers Program at the United States Naval War College
  • 2:30 pm: John Laurence Busch – Independent Historian
    Was It Something in the Water?: Connecticut’s Trailblazing Steamer Sons
  • 3:30 pm: Richard Bailey, Captain, and Jessica Wurzbacher, Executive Director,
    Oliver Hazard Perry - Rhode Island
    SSV Oliver Hazard Perry - Where the past meets the future
  • 4:30 pm: John Concannon – Webmaster and historian, Gaspee Days Committee
    The Conspiracy to Destroy the Gaspee

Symposium Chair & Moderator: Steven Park, PhD, Maritime Studies and History, and Director of Academic Services, University of Connecticut-Avery Point.

Symposium Co-Chair: John Concannon, DO, FAAP, Web Historian, Gaspee Days Committee.

The Gaspee Days Committee is a civic-minded, nonprofit organization that operates many community events in and around PawtuxetVillage, including the famous Gaspee Days Parade each June. These events are all designed to commemorate the 1772 burning of the hated British revenue schooner, HMS Gaspee, by Rhode Island patriots as America's ‘First Blow for Freedom’TM

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