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September 2014 Meeting Announcement PDF Print E-mail

Hello All,

The August UASC meeting is this Wednesday, September 24th. UASC meetings are held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Free parking is available adjacent to the facility. Use the entrance next to the loading dock on the north side of the building (same side you will park on). The door is at ground level and the museum is on the lower level down the stairway.

The White Sox will be out of town so there won't be any game related traffic.


We do not have a speaker lined up this month so instead I thought this would be a great opportunity to take look at some historical work previously produced by UASC. The topic will be "This Old Boat", a lecture on sailing vessels presented back in 1998 by one of our board members, Dave Truitt.

We'll also discuss and hopefully make some intial plans for the UASC car ferry exhibit at the Illinois Railway Museum. We will be looking for help to pull this project together. I also expect to have an update on the direction of the UASC web site as well.

I hope to see you all at the meeting

Bob Rushman
UASC President

 
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Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 27 August 2014

(Meeting Minutes written by Beth Plotner)

General

  • Approximately 25 members and guests met at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located in the Bridgeport Arts Center, 35th at Racine, Chicago.

Board and Committee Reports

  • President - Bob Rushman welcomed everyone.
  • Secretary– Beth Plotner reported on the minutes.
  • Treasurer – No report this month.

Business Meeting

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources – No updates.
  • Field trip to Portage National Heritage site tours 10 am first Saturday of the month. Some members who were present for last month’s presentation attended the August tour.
  • ICSSD – Claire Gadbois reported the Presidents Night Dinner is to be held on October 25 the last Saturday in October at Klas Restaurant in Cicero tickets are priced $35 before September 1st. Saturday, September 20th is beach cleanup dive in Evanston at Greenwood beach where the George Morley is located. October 11th is the underwater pumpkin carving dive at Haigh Quarry.
  • Chicago Scuba Meetup – Dean Nolan reported that the speaker for next month’s meeting is from the Alliance For The Great Lakes.
  • Survey Reports –
  • Car Ferry - John Bell is transferring notes from a recent dive into a report. He said they are also preparing to present at OWU and Ghost ships the finished report.
  • Silver Spray – Jonathan Plotner has completed the work and is editing his report.
  • Wreck Checker – John Gerty would like submissions for the next issue.
  • Thursday night charters – There has been little interest.
  • Next meeting is September 24th and the guest speaker is TBD.

Other Business:

  • Discussion of promotion of UASC. Ideas of presenting every year at OWU and Ghost ships. There seems to be no urgency to further promote UASC. Suggestion of project leader to coordinate a week night dive. Having more events where people can get together like picnic and training dive at Haigh or at the morley. We did a training/picnic at Haigh that was well attended.
  • Questiions about redoing old projects/updating. Problems with getting people to do drawings as there are just a few people who are willing to draw.
  • Questions about how detailed and accurate do our representations have to be? Wrecks change from year to year. What is accurate one year may not be accurate the next.
 
July 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago

Meeting Minutes 30 July 2014

(Meeting Minutes written by Beth Plotner)

General

  • Approximately 25 members and guests met at 7:00 pm. The meeting was held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located in the Bridgeport Arts Center, 35th at Racine, Chicago.

Board and Committee Reports

  • Secretary– Beth Plotner welcomed everyone on behalf of Robert Rushman who was unable to attend this month as well as reporting on the minutes.
  • Treasurer – Julie Scheibe gave the balance of the treasury.

Business Meeting

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources – No updates. Illinois Costal Area proposed name of Marine Park for Lake Michigan.
  • NAS field school was held this month from July 12th to July 27th.
  • Research class at the National Archives - Jim Jarecki reported that over 20 people attended.
  • ICSSD – Claire Gadbois reported the Presidents Night Dinner is to be held on October 25 the last Saturday in October at Klas Restaurant in Cicero tickets are priced $35 before September 1st. The Jim Haigh Memorial dive was held on July 20th. September 20th is beach cleanup dive in Evanston at Greenwood beach where the George Morley is located.
  • Maritime Society reported exhibits are well into the planning state
  • Chicago Scuba Meetup – Dean Nolan reported that the speaker for next month’s meeting is from the Alliance For The Great Lakes.
  • Survey Reports –
  • Car Ferry - John Bell said the project should be completed soon.
  • Silver Spray - Beth Plotner reported Jonathan is expected to have a report at the August meeting.
  • Solon H. Johnson – Tony reported that some more work was done.
  • ·UASC Wrex – Julie Scheibe had nothing new to report.
  • Thursday night charters – We had an outing to the Silver Spray on July 10th where a group of 6 were able to get more measurements and do other work.
  • Next meeting is August 27th and the guest speaker is TBD

Other Business

None

Featured Speaker: Gary Mechanic

Topic: History of the Chicago Portage

A small unremarkable ditch on the west side of Harlem just north of the Stevenson Expressway is protected by National Historic Site status in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. The Short and Shallow ditch is the reason great city grew near it and is a key link in Chicago’s largely unknown birth story. Chicago owes its very existence to the location of the Chicago Portage.

Gary Mechanic is the founder of Friends of the Chicago Portage and a veteran storyteller. Gary will present an overview of Chicago’s only National Historic Site along with a short documentary on the site’s significance and a brief tour of the archeological finds on the site.

 
UASC July Speaker and Marketing the UASC PDF Print E-mail

A small unremarkable ditch on the west side of Harlem just north of the Stevenson Expressway is protected by National Historic Site status in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. The short and shallow ditch is the reason a great city grew near it, and is a key link in Chicago's largely unknown birth story. Chicago owes its very existence to the location of the Chicago Portage.
Gary Mechanic is the founder of Friends of the Chicago Portage and a veteran storyteller.  Gary will present an overview of Chicago's only National Historic Site along with a short documentary on the site's significance and a brief tour of the archeological finds on the site at our next meeting on Wed., July 30th.

Please invite your friends to join us for this free presentation.
Gary tour

Friends founder and veteran tour guide Gary Mechanic
leads a tour group through the birth stories of Chicago.

 
July 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Members,
 
The July UASC meeting is this Wednesday, July 30th. UASC meetings are held at the Chicago Maritime Museum located at 1200 West 35th Street, Suite OE5010, Chicago, IL 60609. Free parking is available adjacent to the facility. Use the entrance next to the loading dock on the north side of the building (same side you will park on). The door is at ground level and the museum is on the lower level down the stairway.
 
The White Sox are out of town this week so there won't be any game related traffic problems getting to the meeting.
 
As I'm not available to attend the meeting this month, Beth Plotner will be managing the meeting in my absence.
 
Our guest speaker will be Gary Mechanic, the founder of Friends of the Chicago Portage and a veteran storyteller.  A small unremarkable ditch on the west side of Harlem just north of the Stevenson Expressway is protected by National Historic Site status in Portage Woods Forest Preserve. The short and shallow ditch is the reason a great city grew near it, and is a key link in Chicago's largely unknown birth story. Chicago owes its very existence to the location of the Chicago Portage.
 
Gary will present an overview of Chicago's only National Historic Site along with a short documentary on the site's significance and a brief tour of the archaeological finds on the site.
 
Please invite your friends to join us for this free presentation.

 
 
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