Focus Session: Collaboration to Fulfill a Bold Vision

Collaboration to Fulfill a Bold Vision: The 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN 

Shannon McKenzie,  Director of Watercraft Programs at Mystic Seaport
Katharine Mead, Program Coordinator for the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan
Kurt D. Voss, Port Logistics Coordinator for the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan

Collaboration to Fulfill a Bold Vision Presentation (PDF)

Mystic Seaport’s decision to bring its most significant artifact to sea and an interdisciplinary outdoor traveling exhibit to 7 ports required a clear vision, institution-wide effort, and many dynamic partnerships. Project leaders will share how they managed risk and opportunity at key decision points while maintaining responsible stewardship. Learn how cultivating collaborations with organizations, regulatory entities, municipalities, and individuals can enhance a project of any size, adding critical skills and expertise.Speaker Biographies

Shannon McKenzie
Shannon McKenzie

Shannon McKenzie is the Director of Watercraft Programs at Mystic Seaport, where she has worked since 2007. In this capacity, she oversees the programs of the Museum’s operational vessels, including the 1908 steamboat SABINO, the 1932 Schooner BRILLIANT, the 1925 electric launch NECESSITY, the boat livery’s rental sail and row boats, and the charter of the classic Herreshoff sailing yachts AIDA and ARAMINTA as well as other vessels in the Yachts on Exhibit program. In addition, Shannon executes the Watercraft area events including the Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous and the WoodenBoat Show.   Shannon worked on the USCG regulatory compliance, crew hiring, and other marine logistics around the 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN. Before joining Mystic Seaport, she spent almost 10 years working for Sea Education Association as a mate aboard their sailing vessels, then as the Marine Operations Coordinator.  She holds a 500ton Ocean license and lives with her family in Mystic, CT.

Katharine Mead
Katharine Mead

Katharine Mead is the Program Coordinator for the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan. She participated in planning and delivering the educational and public history aspects of the summer 2014 voyage. Currently she is working on archiving and implementation of new initiatives from the voyage back at Mystic Seaport. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University.

Kurt Voss
Kurt Voss

Kurt D. Voss, a native of Houston, Texas, was eight years old when his grandfather began taking him fishing on old wooden boats in Galveston Bay. Historic vessels have been a key part of his life ever since. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Near Coastal Master’s License and earned a degree in Historical Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. In the fall of 1980, Kurt became one of the original stateside volunteers for the 1877, 150-foot sailing vessel ELISSA. He was a member of the ship’s sailing crew from 1982 to 1986 and vice chairman of the ELISSA Committee during 1986-1987. Kurt joined the staff of the Texas Seaport Museum (a project of Galveston Historical Foundation) in 1990, after spending fifteen years as a broadcast technical consultant, specializing in project management and governmental regulation. During 1992-1993 he was curator of Dallas’ Frontiers of Flight Museum, where he worked with several nationally-recognized museum exhibit designers and consultants. Kurt returned to the Texas Seaport Museum in 1993 as assistant director. He became the director of the Texas Seaport Museum and 1877 Barque ELISSA in September 1994, a post he held until May 2007. After moving to Tampa, Florida in 2007, Kurt was a member of the management team of the S.S. AMERICAN VICTORY, an operational World War II merchant ship that is a living museum. From October 2013 to August 2014, he served as port logistics manager for Mystic Seaport’s 38th Voyage of the CHARLES W. MORGAN. Since 2007, Kurt has been a principal in Historic Ships and Boats, consultants for traditional vessels and maritime museums, based in Warwick, Rhode Island.


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