Sea History 156 - Autumn 2016

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Save the Date: NMHS 2017 Annual Meeting


Mark your calendars for 15-17 May 2017. NMHS will hold its annual meeting in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, home to the Confederate submarine H L. Hunley, and USS Yorktown and USS Laffey at Patriots Point, among H. L. Hunley countless other historic sites. We will be joined this year by the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH) for three days of presentations, panels, and schola rly papers, tours, and receptions. NASOH provides a forum H istoric Charleston, South Carolina for maritime history and is actively devo ted to the study and promotion of naval and maritime history. By par tnering with this esteemed group, we will have the opportunity to attend sessions with some of the great maritime teachers and scholars working today. Check for details, registration, and hotel information. -Burchenal Green, president

NMHS Needs Your Help ... Please make a Legacy Gift to the National Maritime Historical Society The National Maritime H istorical Society is asking for yo ur help. Would you please remember the Society in yo ur estate planning? Whether you designate a specific amount or a percentage of your estate, this mean ingful gift will help ensure the future of our organization. I am asking you to pass it forward to help keep our maritime heritage alive into the future, perhaps for someone you will never meet and who will never even know what they owe you. Yet, after these many years at the helm of this amazing organization, I know to whom I am making this request. NMHS members are some of the smartest, best informed, curious, interesting, and kind people you could hope to meet. You have thoroughly interesting lives, not always easy, and you have made a difference in our world. Your stories delight m e and keep me here late at night, more often than I like to think. But I see we are aging, a nd it is up to us to provide for the Society's future after we are gone. Please remember yo ur Society: Check with yo ur financial, legal, or tax advisor about how to establish your Legacy Gift. If yo u have included NMHS in your estate, wo uld yo u please let us know?

Make an IRA Charitable Rollover Gift in 2016 Congress has now extended the IRA charitable rollover, and made it permanent. This could be an easy way for yo u to support NMHS. The charitable IRA rollover, or qualified charitable distribution (QCD), is a special provision allowing taxpayers aged 70Yz or older to transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA accounts directly to a non-profit organization, including the National Maritime Historical Society, without having to recognize the distribution as income. Certain donations can be excluded from taxable income, such as transfers from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) made directly to public charities, including rhe National Maritime Historical Society. IRA charitable rollovers can be beneficial to yo ur tax burden and cur yo ur adjusted gross income (the distribution is disregarded as income). In addition, your charitable deduction is in effect m aximized , because yo u can count yo ur gift as a required IRA distrib ution at rhe same rime. Please see your tax advisor to see if this is right for you and how you can support the Society while raking advantage of the QCD benefit.

Make a Donation to the Peter Stanford Memorial Feature Peter Stanford 's great passions were Sea H istory and saving historic ships. We have started a memorial fund to support that in perpetuity. Please send a gift to rhe "Peter Stanford Memorial Feature Historic Ships on a Lee Shore." This will provide the resources to help us to keep this as an ongoing feature in Sea History. Putting the plight of historic ships in the public eye has been a significant factor in saving many of our American treasures. Thank You, Burchenal Green, NMHS president SEA HISTORY 156, AUTUMN 2016


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