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Mary Velan

DePaul Graduate student, Master's of Journalism program

Come out today to celebrate Chicago's Maritime Community! The Chicago Maritime Festival  will kick off at 10am and finish up around 10:30pm. The festival will take place at the Chicago History Museum located at Clark Street and North Avenue

Check out this gallery of photos from last year's festivities that were posted on the festival's flickr page.

From 10am-4:30pm there will be lectures, seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and workshops held at the museum. Then from 7pm-10:30pm the evening concert will be held.

According to the festival's website, the activities during the day will include maritime history, model boats for kids, marine art, songs for young sailors, knot tying, and much more. These activities will be presented by a collaboration of people including working mariners, authors, divers, explorers, and "nautical notables" from around the world.

Ralph Frese will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Mississippi River Museum. Frese is a blacksmith, canoe builder, lecturer, environmentalist, and author from Chicago, and is set to receive the National River Hall of Fame Award this evening. Frese has dedicated his life to keeping the riverways clean and keeping people aware of the environmental efforts to protect these waterways.

Frese has founded the Chicagoland Canoe Base, teaches local Boy Scouts how to build canoes, works with Chicago to keep local rivers clean, has started the Des Plaines River Canoe Marathon, and is the vice president of the Chicago Maritime Society.

The Chicago Maritime Festival first started in 2003 and has continued to grow in popularity ever since.

For more information here is the contact information for the festival:
Chicago Maritime Festival
at the Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street,
Chicago, IL 60614
Attn:  Chris Kastle
Ph:  773-576-7245
Email:  chriskastle@yahoo.com

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