About The Annual Nautical Research Guild Conferences
The Guild’s annual Conference is a three day event that brings together our members from across the country and across the globe to see old friends and to make new ones in a city chosen for its maritime and historic importance. You can skip some of the early activities if time is short for you, but we think that you will enjoy:
- Guided tours to nearby dockyards, museums, and other enticing landmarks. In 2010 we saw the US Naval Academy Museum with its magnificent collection of antique models, along with a tour of the Academy.
- A full day of Ship Modeling Seminars, where Master modelers explain in practical terms the techniques behind their amazing works, while answering questions from newer members.
- An exhibition of outstanding models will be on display throughout the event, with opportunities to stock your shop for the coming year with books, tools and supplies from the many specialized vendors.
- The Guild’s Annual Membership Meeting is held here, where the health and status of the organization is reviewed, and new ideas and suggestions are discussed between the members and the Board of Directors.
- Saturday is reserved for our panel of featured speakers, including noted modelers, authors, and naval historians from around the world.
Recent conferences have featured Daniel Martinez, historian of the USS Arizona Memorial and frequent host of Discovery Channel programs, as well as Arnold and Henry Kriegstein who have the finest collection of antique Admiralty models in private hands. Award-winning modelers such as David Antscherl, Gus Augustin, Rob Napier, and Clay Feldman have all graced our speakers’ list.
The event concludes with the gala dinner on Saturday night. As we dine, a keynote speaker entertains us, and we recognize the efforts of those who have made the past year a success.
The Guild is happy to host and sponsor, every two years, a juried Photographic Ship Model Competition. Despite its name this event is not primarily a competition.
In keeping with the aims and goals of the Guild, the purpose of this event is to encourage modelers of all levels to advance and refine their work, as much as it is to recognize excellence in the art of building scale ship models.