THE SOCIETY AT A GLANCE

The National Museum of the Great Lakes has launched a new Membership Category “The Admiral Society” meant to engage a higher level of interaction between the museum and leadership-level supporters. The Admiral Society invites individuals to join the National Museum of the Great Lakes as members at an annual support level of $5,000 (Admiral), $2,500 (Vice Admiral), or $6,000 (Corporate).

The Admiral Society members play an active role in shaping portions of the museum’s curation and programming. Part of each member’s annual contribution will fund “future-building” maritime history projects (artifact acquisition, exhibition creation, educational outreach opportunities, etc.) as determined by The Admiral Society members.

To achieve our mission, The Admiral Society’s annual activities during our initial years are divided into 2 seasons: 1.) Recruitment & Education (July – to December) and 2.) Selection & Experience (January – June). Membership renewal for all members of The Admiral Society takes place in July.

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**Membership for our inaugural year of The Admiral Society closed on December 31st and will reopen again for Year 2 on July 1, 2024. If you are interested in membership and would like more information, please reach out to Sara Smith by calling the museum at 419-214-5000**

The Admiral Society | Happenings

Thank you to all who were able to join us from the beginning for a glimpse into this exclusive new membership during our Launch Reception for The Admiral Society on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Following that introduction, we also enjoyed taking a walk through submarine history on the Great Lakes along with a meet and greet with various submarine crew veterans during our first “Past to Present” event on August 18, 2023. Then, on September 23, The Admiral Society members gathered for our H2Oh! Gala VIP reception where we acknowledged our distinguished guests, The Hunger Family, and their extraordinary commitment to the Great Lakes and its history. On November 10, NMGL Executive Director Chris Gillcrist served as the personal tour guide during  The Fitzgerald Experience Private Tour aboard the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship —providing a captivating tour drawing eerie parallels to the Edmund Fitzgerald‘s tragic fate. For our last event of the year, on December 5 we hosted our last open event before entering our 2024 members-only Selection & Experience Season. The Admiral Society members and invited guests joined a virtual Archaeology Q&A Session with NMGL’s Archaeological and Research Director Carrie Sowden to discuss her summer fieldwork around the Tuskegee Airmen and Northern Lights wrecks.

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OUR MISSION

To guide and shape the past, present, and future of the National Museum of the Great Lakes by focusing on three core aspects: experience, education, and achievement.

Gather with like-minded individuals for opportunities to experience and connect with maritime history while shaping the Museum’s future for generations to come.

Take a deeper dive into your understanding of maritime history, while also bringing more Great Lakes history education to the community and the world.

Leave a Great Lakes history legacy through the establishment of once-in-a-lifetime, future-building maritime projects.

BECOME A MEMBER

The Admiral Society invites individuals to join the National Museum of the Great Lakes at an annual support level of $5,000 (Admiral), $2,500 (Vice Admiral), or $6,000 (Corporate). Membership provides exclusive benefits and funds “future-building” projects and acquisitions. Selection events provide a deeper dive into maritime history while serving as a foundation for the annual project selection vote.

ADMIRAL LEVEL: $5,000

  • Invitation to The Admiral Society Members Only events*
  • Voting privileges to select annual “future-building” maritime history projects (1 vote per membership)
  • Recognized as an inaugural member at the Museum and within Museum publications**
  • Advanced access to Museum acquisitions
  • Private previews and after-hours access
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet and connect with Museum leadership and curatorial staff
  • All Inland Seas Society Patron member benefits (See a complete list at: nmgl.org/membership)

ADMIRAL LEVEL (Corporate): $6,000

  • Includes one (1) member to be recognized at the Admiral Level alongside the corporate sponsor’s business name.
  • Invitation to The Admiral Society Members Only events plus the option of inviting up to 3 additional guests (Primary member + 3 guests).*
  • Voting privileges to select annual “future-building” maritime history projects
  • Individual(s) and Corporations are recognized as inaugural members at Museum and within Museum publications**
  • Advanced access to Museum acquisitions
  • Private previews and after-hours access
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet and connect with Museum leadership and curatorial staff
  • Corporate-level memberships have the option of adding additional members at the Vice Admiral level at an additional membership fee of $1,500.
  • All Inland Seas Society Patron member benefits (See a complete list at: nmgl.org/membership)

VICE ADMIRAL LEVEL: $2,500

  • Invitation to The Admiral Society Members Only events*
  • Annual recognition as an inaugural Vice Admiral**
  • Advanced access to the Museum acquisitions
  • Exclusive opportunities to meet and connect with Museum leadership and curatorial staff
  • All Inland Seas Society Patron member benefits (See a complete list at: nmgl.org/membership)

* All Admiral Society event invitations include The Admiral Society member + Guest. Please note, Each Admiral Society membership includes only one vote for future-building selection events.
** Inaugural membership only available in 2023

Get more information about membership in this exclusive, new society by downloading our Membership Brochure and/or sending an email to Sara Smith at sara.smith@nmgl.org. To join now use the button below (credit card transactions only) or download and return our Membership Form via email or mail.

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PLEASE NOTE: For tax purposes, approximately $500 of The Admiral Society Membership is allocated to goods and services provided through your membership.

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