The topic for Day 3 of the Underwater Cultural Research Conference was Access and Inclusion of Avocationalists (Research and Management). 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 Housekeeping: Jay C. Martin, Director, Central Michigan University Museum

Student Paper: John Wise, Balloonist, Zain Olson

Archival Film and Photographic Evidence to Document Great Lakes Shipwrecks

Ric Mixter, Documentary Producer and Maritime Researcher


10:00-12:30pm  Who uses UCR’s?

  • Michigan Underwater Preserve Shipwreck Mooring Buoy Project
    Kevin Ailes
    , Vice President, Michigan Underwater Preserve Council, Inc.
  • Institute for Great Lakes Research
    Jessica Lapp
    , Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Programs, College of Science and Engineering , Institute for Great Lakes Research,
  • Reporting Shoreline Wreckage
    Wayne Lusardi,
    State Underwater Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/ Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Underwater Cultural Resources of a Land Based Park
    Antoine Helou
    , Park Ranger, River Raisin National Battlefield Park

12:30pm-1:30pm (Lunch)
Water Trails and Cultural Resource Interpretation
Daniel Spegel, Heritage Trail Coordinator, Michigan History Center, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

1:30-2:45pm  Idea Innovation: Student Papers

  • Smuggling/Rumrunning, Lucas Sherman
  • Female Cooks, Emily Moran
  • Color of Vessels, Sydney Randle
  • Night Navigation History, Lauren Ulbrich

2:45-3:00pm Break (no snacks)

3:00-4:30pm Facilitated Open Forum/Discussion regarding Day 3 findings, facilitated by Dr. Gail Vander Stoep, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University; Certified Instructor - NAS (Nautical Archaeological Society) 

Closing Remarks, Jay Martin, Director, Central Michigan University Museum