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TODAY-15 Years! Ghost Ships Festival 2014

March 14-15, 2014  – Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel, Milwaukee, WI
Ghost Ships Festival is a conference devoted to Great Lakes Scuba Diving and Maritime History. Exhibits, workshops, and presentations cover just about every aspect of maritime history and Great Lakes scuba diving. You can listen to and interact with leading dive industry professionals, extreme explorers, maritime historians, and Great Lakes authors!
Venue: Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport Hotel
Gross Space: 12,000 Square Feet of Exhibit Space
Date: March 14-15, 2014  (Friday-Saturday)
Opening Hours: Friday 3:00PM-7:00PM - Exhibit Hall Open - FREE to the Public
Friday 7:00PM-9:30PM - Special Presentation
Saturday 8:00AM-7:00PM - Exhibit Hall Open & Presentations
Organizer: Great Lakes Shipwreck Research Foundation, Inc.
Exhibiting Companies: 70+
Visitors: 400+
Admission: $20 per adult, children 12 and under are free

Exhibitor Profiles
Dive Stores
Equipment Manufacturers
Dive Clubs
Historical & Preservation Organizations
Charter Boat Operations
Search & Rescue Organizations
Books, Artwork, Collectibles & Crafts
Travel Opportunities
Visitor Profiles
 Trade Visitors
Dive Industry Professionals
Course Directors / Dive Instructors / Dive Masters
Commercial, Military, and Public Safety Divers
Dive Equipment Distributors / Importers / Wholesalers / Retailers
Boat Owner / Boat Charter Operators
Government Organizations / Agencies
Dive and Adventure Travel Retailers / Agents
Non-profift organization, Historians
Public Visitors
Potential Divers & Newly Certified Divers
Recreational & Traveling Divers
Extreme Technical Divers & Explorers
Water Sports & Adventure Enthusiasts
Maritime Historians
Boaters & Members of Marinas and Marine-Based Associations
Youth groups, including Scouts and Boys & Girls Clubs
Ghost Ships Festival Activities
Free Exhibit Hall
Presentations and Seminars
Technical Workshops
Ghost Ships Annual Award Presentation
Book Signings by Prominent Great Lakes Authors
Friday Evening Social open to the Public

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Watch For Next Scheduled Date

The NAS Introduction course is the first stage in the Nautical Archaeology Society training program, which WUAA is partnering with to build a community of trained advocates to help document and promote Wisconsin's maritime heritage. This one day course offers an introduction to archaeology and maritime archaeology, combining a mixture of classroom and practical sessions. This course aims to promote archaeology more broadly, but to also provide specific content that pertains to the incredible history of Great Lakes maritime tradition. This introduction course will also introduce topics such as dating methods used in archaeology and how the current legislation applies to our underwater cultural heritage.

By the end of the day participants will:

•Have been introduced to the basic principles and scope of maritime archaeology

•Be able to apply 2D survey methods to an archaeological site

•Have an understanding of your rights and responsibilities concerning underwater heritage in Wisconsin

•Be qualified to pursue further NAS training credits, which can be applied toward future conferences and higher level training courses.

When: Saturday (Watch for next dates) (8am - 4pm)

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - 1/2 hour lunch break, and 1/2 hour afternoon break

Where: Watch for next site location

Cost: $85, Price includes course materials, museum fees, & Lunch
 Pre-Register Here
Pay Registration Fee By Credit card Here 

Summer 2012 Underwater Survey Projects - Volunteers Needed

The WUAA will conduct underwater site surveys in the Bailey’s Harbor area during Summer 2012.
WUAA will also continues the 2011 WUAA/GLSA survey project in the Milwaukee area on the wreck of the Norlond, a wooden steamer built in 1890. In 1922 she was caught in a heavy storm and foundered just south of Milwaukee with the loss of all on board. Dives will be made on Thursday evenings during the summer, with Gerry Guyer's boat. A fee of $20 per diver will be collected. If you are interested in participating contact Kimm Stabelfeldt at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Milwaukee area Norlond Survey Project

Clay Banks Survey Project
Bailey's Harbor Survey Project

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Our Goals

  • Provide access to information pertaining to underwater archaeology statewide.
  • Provide training to perform underwater site surveys.
  • Promote research and education in underwater archaeology in Wisconsin and the surrounding Great Lakes.
  • Distribute results of research projects to members and the general public.
  • Work in cooperation with organizations interested in underwater archaeological resources.
  • Promote the conservation and preservation of underwater archaeological resources and sites.

    Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association announces International Training Partnership
    with the Nautical Archaeology Society (UK)

    Press Release: Summer 2011

    The Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association has partnered with the United Kingdom's Nautical Archaeology Society to provide internationally recognized training to anyone interested in maritime archaeology. Divers and non-divers may now participate in workshop-based training seminars that are taught by professionals and recognized in more than 25 countries around the world.
    The Wisconsin Underwater Archeology Association (WUAA) is pleased to announce it is expanding its underwater archeology training program by partnering with the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) based in Portsmouth, United Kingdom.The forthcoming WUAA and NAS certification training workshop will be open to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of underwater archaeology and maritime history. Internationally recognized, the NAS program provides the knowledge and skills to help archaeology projects in Wisconsin and around the world.
    Participants in training workshops learn underwater archaeological site mapping, historic ship construction methods, how to use archives in conducting historical research, artifact dating and identification, among other topics. Workshop participants have an opportunity to visit various research facilities, get behind the scenes tours of facilities and collections, meet and work with professionals, etc. "With a modular structure and a choice of specialized courses, the WUAA/NAS training programs will offer the public at large the chance to directly participate in maritime archaeology, while building a community of skilled volunteers, who will eventually be capable of carrying out their own maritime archaeology research projects" sated Kevin Cullen (WUAA Vice-President and professional archaeologist at the Discovery World museum in Milwaukee.) Further information about WUAA and NAS, including local and international training schedules and projects may be obtained by going to the NAS website, and/or For more information on workshops contact Kevin Cullen by email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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