Upcoming SAH Events

2014 Annual SIA Conference (Partner Organization Event)

The Society for Industrial Archaeology is an SAH partner organization.

The Society for Industrial Archaeology 2014 Annual Conference will head to northern New England and Portland for a look at the region’s industrial heritage with a strong emphasis on maritime subjects. We expect to offer both an early bird Thursday and a Friday tour to the Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum.

Established in 1884, the Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a “must-see” site that is currently actively building private, commercial, and military vessels, including advanced missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. Since 1995, BIW has been a division of General Dynamics. Tour arrangements are still being confirmed, but we are looking forward to an opportunity to view a number of processes, including the Land Level Transfer Facility, a gigantic concrete platform that allows hulls to be moved horizontally onto a moveable dry dock.

The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath Maine, located on the banks of the Kennebec River at the site of the Percy & Small Shipyard, is one of the nation’s premiere maritime heritage sites. In addition to five original shipyard buildings, the museum features a range of permanent exhibits, including its popular lobstering exhibit and a floating waterfront exhibit aboard the Sherman Zwicker, a wooden Grand Banks fishing schooner built in 1942.

The hotel will be the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay. To reserve a preferential rate, call (207) 775-2311 or (800) 345-5050 and indicate Society for Industrial Archeology when making reservations. The Saturday banquet will be a full lobster dinner (chicken as an alternative) on board a cruise ship touring the bay. The Friday night “filmfest” will take place in a public theater at One Longfellow Sq., and for the first time will be open to the general public with purchase of a ticket.