The North American Society for Oceanic History, Council of American Maritime Museums, National Maritime Historical Society, The Steamship Historical Society of America and The Society for Nautical Research.

Hosted by the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, and Mystic Seaport

2010 Annual Conference

Avery Point & Mystic Seaport

12-16 May 2010 (Weds.-Sun.)

"Maritime Environments"

2010 Conference

2010 Conference Program Co-Chairs
Matthew McKenzie
Asst. Prof. History, University of Connecticut
American Studies Program Coordinator, Avery Point Campus
1084 Shennecossett Rd.
Groton, CT 06

Paul O'Pecko
Vice President, Collections and Research, Mystic Seaport.
75 Greenmanville Avenue
PO Box 6000
Mystic, CT 06355-0990

Sponsors/Partners: NASOH will be joined by the National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS), the Council for American Maritime Museums (CAMM), The Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), and the Society for Nautical Research (SNR).

Department of History-TCU Box 297260
Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129

1029 Waterman Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Phone: (401) 274-0805
Fax: (401) 274-0836

NMHS--National Maritime Historical Society
5 John Walsh Blvd.
P.O. Box 68
Peekskill, NY 10566
914-737-7878, ext 229 or 800-221-NMHS (6647)
Fax 914-737-7816


Membership Secretary: MPJ Garvey
The Society for Nautical Research, The Lodge, The Drive, Hellingly, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 4EP United Kingdom

Venue: University of Connecticut, Avery Point, and Mystic Seaport will serve as the hosts.

PDF Map of UConn Avery Point Campus

Hotels: Please find below the names and addresses of hotels that have extended discounted rates to NASOH participants. To secure the group rate, all attendees should reference “NASOH” when making reservations to secure group rates (apologies to CAMM and NMHS—this was done for simplicity).

If NASOH’s room allocation in your desired hotel is fully booked, please contact Matthew McKenzie to see if more rooms and can be set aside for conference attendees. Obviously, this will be easier earlier in 2010 than closer to the May conference date.

PLEASE NOTE: Reservations must be made by April 12 (or earlier, see individual hotels below) in order to secure the group rate. After April 12, rooms return to their normal rates. More information about accommodations and other attractions available from: (please note that Mystic is covered by the “Coast” section of this website).

Ramada Mystic
9 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Fax Number: 860.536.4802
Phone Number: 860.536.4281
Ramada Mystic
20 Rooms (15 with 1 king, 5 with fulls): $79 per room plus tax

Comfort Inn Mystic
48 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 3:00 pm Check-out: 11:00 am
Fax Number: 860.572.9358
Phone Number: 860.572.8531
Toll Free: 1.800.572.3993
20 Rooms: $106/night plus tax

Hampton Inn & Suites Mystic
6 Hendel Drive, Mystic, CT 06355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 3:00 pm; Check-out: 11:00 pm; open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Fax Number: 860-536-2534
Phone Number: 860-536-2536
Toll Free: 1-800-HAMPTON
20 Rooms: $109 +tax

Hilton Mystic at the Aquarium
20 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 006355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 4:00 p.m.; Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Phone Number: 860-572-0731
Fax Number: 860-572-0328
20 Rooms: $149/night

Holiday Inn Express - Mystic
6 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 3:00 p.m.; Check-out: 11 am
Fax Number: 860.536.4493
Phone Number: 860.572.9065
20 Rooms: $119/night

Howard Johnson Inn - Mystic
253 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT 06355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 4:00 p.m.; Check-out 12:00 Noon
Fax Number: 860.536.1950
Phone Number: 860.536.2654
Toll Free: 800.IGO.HOJO
20 Rooms: $89/night

Hyatt Place Mystic
224 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Fax Number: 860.536.9686
Phone Number: 860.536.9997
Toll Free: 800.833.1516
20 Rooms: $119/night [NOTE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY MARCH 1, 2010]

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road, Groton, CT 06340
Hours Of Service: Octagon Restaurant open 6:30 am to 11:00 pm.
Fax Number: 860.446.2696
Phone Number: 860.446.2600
20 Rooms: $139 per night

Ramada Groton-Mystic
156 Kings Highway, Route 184, Groton, CT 06340
Fax Number: 860.445.4082
Phone Number: 860.446.0660
20 Rooms: 5/12-5/13 = $67.96; Friday, $84.96, Saturday, $110.46.

Residence Inn by Marriott - Mystic
40 Whitehall Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Hours Of Service: Check-in: 3:00 p.m.; Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Fax Number: 860.572.4724
Phone Number: 860.536.5150
Toll Free: 888.824.2822
20 Rooms: $105/night

There are also seven rooms with four bunks (two bunk beds) each available for $20/night at UConn Avery Point's Project Oceanology Building. This is hostel style housing with shared baths: those interested in this option will have to provide their own bedding, breakfast, and transportation between UConn Avery Point and Mystic Seaport museum. Those interested should contact Carl Herzog (, Chair of the Graduate Planning Committee, to reserve spaces and to make payment in advance.

Travel to Mystic Seaport and UConn Avery Point :
Located almost equidistant between Boston and New York City, Mystic Seaport and UConn Avery Point are close to several New England cities: 134 miles from New York City, 100 miles from Boston, 50 miles from Providence, and 55 miles from Hartford. Given the logistical structure of the conference, independent car travel will be most convenient. Most of the hotels listed above are located at Exit 90 off I-95 and are about ¾ of a mile from Mystic Seaport.

For those coming by air, Providence's T. F. Green Airport (PVD) and Hartford's Bradley International Airport (BDL) are closest, but host fewer international or direct flights (car rental options are available at both airports). For those coming from overseas, connecting to public rail transportation (Amtrak) from Boston's Logan International (BOS) is easiest. Those pursuing this option are recommended to take the Silver Line from Logan Airport to Boston's South Station. From South Station, Amtrak serves both Mystic (one mile from Mystic Seaport), or far more frequently, New London, from which a roughly $30 cab ride will get you to Mystic.

To travel to UConn Avery Point, take Interstate 95 to Exit 87 (Route 349/Clarence Sharp Highway). Continue on 349/Clarence Sharp Highway; at second traffic light turn right. At the next traffic light, turn left on Benham Road. Proceed for about 1.5 miles to the entrance of the Avery Point Campus. For directions to the campus and a campus map, please follow the following link:

"Given that the budget would not support shuttle service to each of the hotels listed above, we ask that participants please provide their own transportation to and from hotels and conference venues. If you are coming by car, we ask that you please consider providing rides to conference events to those without private transportation. This will help make the event run smoothly and keep overall costs down."

Events and Banquets (by host organization):
In addition to access to Mystic Seaport Museum on Thursday and Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to join a number of events sponsored by the conference hosts.

National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS):
The NMHS will be holding a seminar on publishing in Sea History on Thursday at 1315 on the Mystic Seaport grounds.

Society of Nautical Research (SNR):
On Thursday afternoon, The Society of Nautical Research (SNR) invites conference attendees to their 100th Anniversary Reception and lecture at UConn's Branford House. Please see the conference program for final times.

Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM):
On Friday, the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) will host attendees at a reception on Mystic Seaport grounds.

Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA):
Following the CAMM reception, the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) is hosting a free downriver cruise on Mystic Seaport's SS Sabino. Though free of charge, reservations are required: those interested need to contact Rebecca Torsell ( to hold their places.

Plenary Banquet and Lecture ($42):
Attendees are also invited to attend the meeting's plenary banquet ($42 additional charge) at Mystic Seaport's River Room on Friday evening featuring as plenary speaker Helen Rozwadoski, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut. Her book Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea (Harvard University Press, 2004), won NASOH's 2005 John Lyman Book Award, Best book in the Category of Science and Technology; and won the 2008 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.

University of Connecticut, Avery Point (free):
On Saturday afternoon, attendees are invited to take a lighthouse tour of Fisher's Island Sound sponsored by the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. Though free of charge, reservations are required: those interested need to contact Matthew McKenzie ( to hold their places.

Awards Banquet (included in full registration fee):
On Saturday evening, the 2010 awards will be announced at the Awards Banquet (included in full registration fee) at UConn Avery Point's Branford House.

Pending Events:
Please check back later for information about a tour of USCG Academy, the USCG Eagle, and the USS Nautilus Museum.

Please check back periodically for updates regarding tours and other information.