The Museum Small Craft Association is a group of professionals and amateurs involved in the study and preservation of traditional small craft.

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The 2015 Museum Small Craft Association will be held Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Saint Michaels, Maryland. Museum small craft professionals and others who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, skills preservation, documentation, history, interpretation and research are invited to meet, learn about recent developments, exchange ideas, and talk with their peers. The MSCA meeting follows the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival which will be held on Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4.

The meeting program will include presentations and discussions on a variety of small craft and museum related topics, opportunities for informal discussions, a dinner on Monday evening, and a visit to a local boatbuilder. Please let Richard Scofield ( know if there is a topic you are interested in, or if you’d like to make a presentation or lead a discussion.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is located on 18 waterfront acres and occupies 35 buildings, 12 of which house exhibits open to the public. The Museum offers exhibits, demonstrations, boat rides on the Miles River, and annual festivals that celebrate Chesapeake Bay culture, boats, seafood, and history. The Museum’s fleet of historic Chesapeake Bay watercraft is the largest in existence with 11 vessels on floating display at the Museum’s docks, and its small boat collection includes crabbing skiffs, workboats, and log canoes. The fleet is maintained in the public’s eye by master shipwrights and their apprentices.

For more information about the meeting and the Museum Small Craft Association visit or contact David Cockey (

For more information about the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum visit

Museum Small Craft Jobs are available! North Carolina Maritime Museum seeks a Watercraft Center Manager. For more information, visit the Jobs page.

The Museum Small Craft Association is a national organization of museum professionals and others including amateurs who share an interest in small boat conservation and restoration, the preservation of traditional skills, scholarly research and historic boat documentation. Individual membership is free, institutional membership is $50/year.