The topic for Day 1 of the Underwater Cultural Research Conference was Management Stakeholders. The conference was free of charge and open to the public. Held at the Courtyard by Marriott at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on February 25-27, 2020, each day had a separate theme. Attendance could be for one day, one presentation, or the whole conference.

8:00-9:00am Continental Breakfast

8:30am Introduction to Research: Dr. Jay C. Martin, Director, Central Michigan University Museum

8:40am Welcome: Dr. Richard Rothaus, Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Central Michigan University 

9:00-12:30pm Panel Presentations: The Current Status of Michigan's Underwater Cultural Resources  

  • Sandra Clark, Director, Michigan History Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; Co-Chair, Michigan Underwater Salvage and Preserve (advisory) Committee
  • Jefferson Gray, Superintendent, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
  • Tom Graf, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Great Lakes Bottomlands Specialist; Co-Chair Michigan Underwater Salvage and Preserve (advisory) Committe
  • Stacy Tchorzynski, Archaeologist, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office
  • Ron Bloomfield, Public Member, Michigan Underwater Salvage and Preserve (advisory) Committee; Board Member, Michigan Underwater Preserve Council, Inc.; Museum Studies Program Faculty, Central Michigan University
  • Weston Hillier, Public Access Coordinator-Coastal Management Program, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Lunch:  12:30pm-1:30pm
Museums and Underwater Cultural Resources
Scott Peters, Curator of Collections, Michigan History Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources 

1:30-3:00pm  Panel Presentations: Underwater Cultural Resources and Community Identity

  • Creating the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum at Old Mackinac Point
    Craig Wilson, Curator of History, Mackinac State Historic Parks, Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum
  • Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
    Jefferson Gray,  Superintendent, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA

3:00-3:15pm Coke & Coffee break

3:15-4:15pm Student Papers

  • Underwater Scanning and Mapping, Grant Gascho
  • Ballast Sediment Testing, Meghan Welker
  • Identifying Human Remains with DNA, Hannah Chadwick
  • Funding UCRs, MST 315

4:15-5:30pm Facilitated Open Forum/Discussion regarding Day 1 findings, facilitated by Dr.
Richard Rothaus, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Central Michigan
University 

5:30-7:00pm Dinner on your own

7:00-8:30pm Facilitated Roundtable:  Legal Issues with the Disposition of Shipwreck Artifacts  

  • Wayne Lusardi, State Underwater Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Scott Peters, Curator of Collections, Michigan History Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources 
  • Corporal Troy VanGelderen, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, Great Lakes Enforcement Unit
  • Corporal Nick Torsky, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, Great Lakes Enforcement Unit
  • Dan Friedhoff, Secretary, Michigan Underwater Preserve Council, Inc., Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve, Sport Diver/Dive Charter Representative
  • Facilitator:  Ron Bloomfield, Museum Studies Program Faculty, Central Michigan University

Financial assistance for this project was provided, in part, by the Coastal Management Program, Water Resources Division, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.