Greetings WUAA members and affiliates. On behalf of the Wisconsin Underwater Archeological Association, I’d like to extend our gratitude for your ongoing support and interest in this organization and our mission to foster a greater understanding for and appreciation of Wisconsin’s maritime heritage.
2019 began with our annual Action Planning Meeting on January 26 in Fond du Lac, WI, where board members outlined the goals and strategies for the year. A sincere thank you should be extended to all our board members who volunteer their time, energy and talents to keep this Association afloat.
The four big initiatives for the year were to develop and deliver a wooden ship construction workshop (for NAS credit), teach an artifact illustration course, conduct four underwater archaeological surveys in northeast Wisconsin (Lily Lake and Red Banks - Brown County, Europe Lake and Kangaroo Lake – Door County) as well as organize and host the 15th annual Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology and Maritime History Symposium in Green Bay. I’m pleased to say, we have accomplished each of these initiatives!
On September 14, WUAA treasurer, Russel Leitz and I co-taught a wooden ship construction workshop at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc and at the Lottie Cooper dryland shipwreck in Sheboygan. It was a learning experience for everyone as we analyzed the construction techniques of the model ship Clipper City at the museum along with the authentic 1876 Lottie Cooper schooner that was brought up from the Sheboygan harbor. Congratulations to all the participants who earned their NAS credits and hopefully will be able to apply this technical knowledge to underwater shipwreck sites.
The WUAA Symposium on October 26 was a great success with a sizable attendance and stimulating speakers. Thank you to all who attended! Looking forward to 2020, WUAA will be celebrating its 30th anniversary! We have some exciting projects in the works, including another underwater archaeology field school in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Maritime Preservation and Archaeology program. The field school will take place on the schooner barge Sidney O. Neff (1890-1939) off Marinette, WI. Details on this and other projects will be addressed at our annual action planning meeting, held at the Fond Du Lac Public Library on Saturday January 4, 2020. WUAA members are welcome.
With that, I wish you all a happy holiday season and an auspicious start to the new decade!
Sincerely, Kevin Cullen