To be held at the Steamship Historical Society of America, 2500 Post Road, Warwick, RI 02886:
Saturday May 13 (9-4) - Introduction to Marine Archaeology ($50): Instructor Kathy Abbass - How marine archaeologists work, including remote sensing, field methods, legal issues, field documentation, and RIMAP protocols. Open to the general public; required for RIMAP volunteer participation.
Saturday May 20 (9-12) - Rhode Island in the Revolution ($25): Instructor Kathy Abbass - Why RI was pivotal to Patriot success in the Revolution, and what RIMAP is doing to share that history with the public.
Saturday May 20 (1-4) - Measured Drawing for Archaeologists ($25): Instructor Charles Kovach - How to prepare professional quality drawings of archaeological specimens for general documentation and publication. Recommended for those interested to help with RIMAP's artifact collection.
Saturday May 27 (9-12) - Museum Theory & RIMAP's plans for Butts Hill Fort ($25): Instructors Elliott Caldwell, Kathy Abbass - Ethics and museum management. Also introduces what RIMAP will need to know as we build an artifact management facility and museum.
Saturday May 27 (1-4) - Sharing Shipwrecks ($25): Instructor Joy Elvin - Interpreting submerged cultural resources and ways to enjoy our underwater heritage. Why that is important and how it relates to the public's interest in our maritime past.
To be held at the Masonic Hall, 39 Baker St. Warren, RI, 02885:
Saturday June 10 (9-12) - Site Mapping I ($25): Instructors Kerry Lynch - How to collect and interpret archaeological data. Introduces the selection of a site datum, installation of baselines, linear, circular, and pendulum searches. Recommended for those who participate in RIMAP fieldwork.
Saturday June 10 (1-4) - Site Mapping II ($25): Instructor Kerry Lynch - Introduces the installation of grids and drawing from them. Both Site Mapping classes demonstrate how to interpret field data and create simple site maps. Recommended for those who participate in RIMAP fieldwork.
NEW! Saturday June 17 (9-12) Cook and the Endeavour Bark in Rhode Island ($25): The history of the man and his ship, the history of RIMAP's related studies, and what they can mean for Rhode Island.
Saturday June 17 (1-4) Traditional Ship Construction ($25): Instructor Kathy Abbass - What marine archaeologists need to know about how boats are built to interpret historic shipwreck sites.
Saturday June 24 (9-4) - Introduction to Marine Archaeology ($50): Second offering in 2016. (Last chance for new members to be trained for volunteer participation.)
- Download the complete application using this button: 2017 Application.doc
- All trainees must be RIMAP members ($25 for 2017).
- Pre-registration is recommended at least three days before each class.
- Confirmation and further details will be sent by snail or email.
- Make checks out to RIMAP, and send the completed form to RIMAP, Box 1492, Newport, RI 02840.
NEWS FROM THE
RIMAP ANNUAL MEETING SET
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The RIMAP membership approved the 2017 Budget, reviewed project progress, and elected two new board members (now listed on the "About RIMAP" page). The 2016 volunteers were recognized and those who attended received their patches with the embroidered RIMAP logo. Jeremy Wilmes was honored as the "2016 Volunteer of the Year."
The attendees viewed the premier of the RIMAP YouTube video that describes some of our past work and our future hopes. Then Board President Elliott Caldwell pushed the button for the site to go live at:
PLEASE CHECK IT OUT !
2017 RIMAP memberships are due on January 1. Please use the forms under the "Participate" button.
Our 2017 class schedule will be posted once it is finalized. And please watch for that, too!
We will soon install a PayPal button to make easy payments online.
RIMAP is an approved 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization,
so our donors may take the legal tax deduction based on US federal law.
For further details, pl ease contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project is a not-for-profit membership organization that trains volunteers to conduct maritime history and marine archaeology research under professional direction. The RIMAP professional staff also offers a wide range of cultural resource management services to serve commercial needs. See the "About RIMAP" page for details and the "Participate" page for information about how to join and take our classes. Please contact us to find out more more details and information about our staff specialties:
RIMAP, Box 1492
Newport, RI 02840
Phone: (401) 253-2094 is our landline.
We also use Skype.
A possible RIMAP facility to feature Rhode Island maritime history
and the Endeavour story?
RIMAP is in a long-term planning process to have a facility where the exciting and important stories of local maritime history (and the stories of local shipwrecks) may be shared with the public. The facility could be located anywhere in Rhode Island, but RIMAP's first choice is to be housed at Butts Hill Fort in Portsmouth, because of its importance to the Revolutionary War. For a sketch of our planning process, please download:
If you would like to help, please donate to RIMAP and mark your generosity "Capital Campaign. "
RIMAP has trademarked "Lord Sandwich Ex Endeavour"
and its acronym "LSexE" is pronounced "El Sexy!"
WHAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT MARINE ARCHAEOLOGY
Marine archaeology is usually thought to be the study of shipwrecks, and Rhode Island has lost more vessels per square mile than any other state. However, marine archaeology also studies ship technologies, the social structures of the crews on board, and the history of the economic systems on land that supported those ships and crews.
RIMAP has studied many of these lost vessels, including sailing ships, steamships, and naval ships. Of special interest have been those lost in our state during the American Revolution. Every event in that war had a maritime component because one side or the other, and sometimes both, had to travel by water to meet.
RIMAP has also studied many of the marine industries found along our shores, as well as the inland sources of raw materials, labor, and capital that supported those industries. Our work has been available in local libraries, and through RIMAP's publications.
Rhode Island is called the "Ocean State" because every local community contributed to the state's maritime past. You will find a lot of such Rhode Island stories on this website. If you are interested to help RIMAP tell more of them, then please join us!
Note: RIMAP's training and research activities are open to the public, but those under 18 years old should be aware that this project is not designed for youth. Instead, our focus is the adult audience committed to history and historic preservation, and participation for our younger volunteers requires the presence of a parent or guardian.