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Wisconsin maritime museum names new director



January 27, 1999

RELEASE DATE: IMMEDIATE

CONTACT PERSON: LISA HURLEY DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS
(920) 684-0218

WISCONSIN MARITIME MUSEUM PROMOTES MARTIN TO DIRECTOR

MANITOWOC, WI ...  The board of trustees of the Wisconsin Maritime
Museum is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Jay C. Martin to the
Directorship of the Museum. Dr. Martin joined the Museum staff as
curator in January 1997.  Since then he has spearheaded the restoration
of the USS COBIA, a World War II submarine and National Historic
Landmark; has developed the Museumís current special exhibit, Wisconsin
Shipbuilders: 150 Years;  has initiated the overnight program aboard the
USS COBIA; and serves as editor of the MuseumĎs quarterly journal Anchor
News.

"I came to Manitowoc to be part of the best maritime museum in the Great
Lakes region,  stated Martin. "The Wisconsin Maritime Museumís board of
trustees, staff, members, and volunteers already are developing new
programs, activities, and facilities that will rank the Museum as the
best of its type in North America."

During Dr. Martin s 16 year career, he worked as a Great Lakes mariner,
served in several maritime museums and archives, and participated in
many in many  underwater archaeological projects.  Dr. Martin is also a
member of the International Ship Masters Association.

In 1995 he earned a Ph.D. in History with an emphasis on Great Lakes
History and Culture from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green,
Ohio.  Dr. Martin, a native of Jonesville Michigan, received his masters
degree in American Studies from Bowling Green State University and his
bachelors degree in Public History from Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Martin  previous position as curator consisted
of responsibilities that many  times took place behind the scenes.
Martin says it is important for him as director to be aware of the needs
of the community and ways the Museum is able to assist and continue to
educate people about the areaís rich maritime heritage.

"The board of trustees is anxious to work with Dr. Martin to grow the
Museum to its great expectation," stated Harry Philippsen, board
president.

"The Museum has many exciting and innovative projects planned for 1999
and we look forward to the participation of the community,"  said
Martin.

The board of trustees of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum wishes Isacco
Valli, previous museum director, success in his future endeavors.

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum is Wisconsinís largest private nonprofit
professional museum dedicated to preserving  the rich maritime heritage
of Wisconsin and  the Great Lakes.

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