2024 Partner Network Meeting

Thursday, April 4 | Meeting 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm with optional workshops from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Port of Seattle offices at 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Parking information will be provided to registrants prior to the event.

All Maritime Washington Partners are asked to join us for a day of learning, networking, and collaboration. We’re offering free educational workshops on preservation and interpretation, facilitated discussions, and plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow partners about maritime heritage in Washington State. Partners are invited to send as many staff, leaders, and volunteers as they would like for no charge, but pre-registration is required before Thursday, March 28:

Travel stipends: If the cost of travel to Seattle would prevent you from attending, Maritime Washington has limited travel stipends available of up to $250 each. These are available on a “first-come first-served” basis with consideration given to need. If you’re interested, reach out to Alex at [email protected] with a short explanation of your request.

Attendance: Attending this meeting counts as your “maintain good participation” requirement for belonging to the Maritime Washington Partner Network.


9:30 am – 10:00 am: Arrivals and coffee
10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Concurrent workshops [optional]

All participants are invited to sign up for the free workshop of their choosing. Since they are offered concurrently, you’ll need to pick just one; however, we’ll be sharing out a summary of tips and tricks from each workshop with the full Partner Network. Your options include:

  • Interpreting Maritime Heritage 101: if your organization shares stories from our shores, you’re interpreting our state’s maritime heritage. Join our expert facilitator to learn how good interpretation can make a lasting impact on your visitors, help you connect with new audiences, and level up your ability tell your site’s story. We’ll discuss the difference between interpretation and information, and help you begin to identify your location/resource’s big compelling stories, themes, and “so what?” messages. If you attended our webinar on the basics of interpretation in October, this is the perfect next step; however, you can join this workshop without having attended the Basics webinar. This workshop will also serve as the kick-off to a year-long learning circle for those who would like to continue learning about interpretation of maritime heritage.
  • Preserving Historic Maritime Resources 101: do you own and/or manage a historic maritime resource? We know that stewarding historic resources—from ships to wharfs to boathouses—can be a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to support your work to maintain the historic sites that make Washington’s maritime character unlike any other. Join staff from the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and a panel of experts to learn more about navigating the waters of preserving cultural resources. You’ll leave this session with a basic understanding of historic preservation in Washington State, as well as a list of resources and funding tools available to you.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Networking lunch
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Updates from Maritime Washington

Join us for a presentation about the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area, including a summary of our first year of operations, an outlook of what’s to come, and a refresher on the resources available to our partners. We’ll also have time for questions, followed by an opportunity for you to give input on what you’d like to see from Maritime Washington moving forward.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Regional breakout discussions

Discuss the opportunities and challenges facing your region with these facilitated breakout groups divided by geography.

4:00 – 5:30 pm: Happy hour (location TBD)