Dr. Jay Martin

JayMartinwebsitephoto.jpgJay Martin holds a Bachelor's in Public History from Western Michigan University (1984), a Master's in American Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. in History (1995) from Bowling Green State University. He has served as the chief administrator for several museums, including the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (Madisonville, Louisiana), the American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship (Tampa, Florida), and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum (Manitowoc, Wisconsin), as well as teaching American and Public history at various institutions, most recently at Southeastern Louisiana University. In 2010 he joined the faculty at Central Michigan University in a joint appointment as Director of the CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History/Gerald Poor School House Museum and Director of the Museum Studies Program. His is also a primary advisor in the new Cultural Resource Management Masters / Certificate Program​.

Position: Director and Curator

Department: Museum of Cultural and Natural History / Museum Studies Program

Campus Address: Rowe 103
Phone: (989) 774–7165
Email: marti6jc@cmich.edu

Research and Teaching Interests

With training and experience in underwater archaeology, American Studies, and many fields of Public History, Dr. Martin has worked professionally as a curator, archivist, park ranger, director, expert witness, oral historian, folklorist, and consultant. He is a former merchant mariner and specialist in maritime history, with interest in the transmission of maritime technology and the influence of the maritime world upon the terrestrial.  Dr. Martin specializes in developing unique collaborative ventures for sustainable management and interpretation.  His geographic focus is on the Great Lakes Region and its impact upon world events.

Recent Activities

"The Buffalo Hurricane of 1921 as a Demonstration of the Combined Economic Power of American Commercial Carriers on the Great Lakes," Northern Mariner, publication pending 2015.

"The Advocate's Devil: The Maritime Public Historian as Expert Witness," The Public Historian (2015) 37:1. 

"The Blanchard DeWitt Mill Project:  Recommendations for Community Policy, Historic Interpretation, Economic Development, and Sustainable Reuse" Submitted to the mill owners, January 2015. 

"A Unique and Significant Heritage: A Phase I Cultural Resources Historical Survey of Wawatam Township, Emmet County, Michigan" Submitted to the Emmet County Commissioners, September 10, 2013.

"Strands that Stand: Using Wire Rope to Date Archaeological Sites," International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (2014) 43:1: 151-161.

"The Price of Union:  A Young Michigan in the Civil War" Exhibit at the Bohannon School, Curator, Exhibit open April 2014-November 2014.

Cultural Resource Management Project at McGulpin Lighthouse and Northern Emmet County, 2012-present. Co-PI with Sarah Surface-Evans.

 "Workload and the Engaged Historian," History@Work: A Public History Commons from the National Council on Public History (May 28, 2012).

 "Explorations in Maritime History" Oral History Project, PI, 2013–present

"History of Central Michigan University" Oral History Project, PI October 2011-present. Co-PI with Brittany Fremion, February 2013-present.

"CMU: Life Outside the Classroom." CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History. Curator, Exhibit open February 24-October 30, 2011.

Repatriation of the Remains of 144 Unaffiliated Native Americans in accord with NAGPRA, CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History, November 2010.

Current Courses

Fall 2015

  • HST 580: Public History
  • MST 775: Seminar in Museum Funding and Fundraising

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