Annual Conference

HNSA schedules a fleet- and member-wide conference each year to renew networks and provide a forum for sharing best practices or new ideas across a wide spectrum of interests in the historic ship/museum world. HNSA members and patrons from around the world attend.

HNSA, through our conference sponsors, is pleased to offer scholarships to make it easier for more Students, Staff and Volunteers to attend. Click here for scholarship information: scholarships.

2023 - Albany, New York (USS Slater)

We are excited to announce that the 2023 Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) Conference will be held in Albany, New York, and hosted by the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (USS Slater) from Monday, September 18 through Thursday, September 21. Click the links below to register or to scope out hotel options. Corporate Sponsors should contact the Executive Director (phone ‭(866) 877-6262‬, ext 202) for details before registering.

REGISTER FOR 2023 CONFERENCE  ("Early Bird" pricing available until September 1.)

HOTEL RESERVATIONS   (HNSA Group Rates available at Hilton Albany until August 25. Use Code "4HNS"

INFORMATION ON SCHOLARSHIPS. (Applications due August 1.)


Fee Schedule:

  • General Registration (access to all activities):          $375 ($350 Early Bird - before September 1st)
  • Guest Registration (access to all activities):             $185 ($175 Early Bird - before September 1st)
  • One-day registration (Tues, Wed, or Thurs)             $125
  • Virtual Attendance (Zoom for most sessions):          $  50
  • Wed Dinner Cruise (only)                                         $  30
  • Thursday Final Banquet only                                    $100

For sponsorships or special considerations, contact the Executive Director (phone ‭(866) 877-6262‬, ext 202)

 Important Dates: 

  • Aug 1 – Submit your HNSA award nominations.
  • Aug 1 – Submit your scholarship applications.
  • Aug 26 – Last day to book your discounted hotel room.
  • Aug 30 – Last day for “Early Bird” conference rates.
  • Sept 11 – Conference registration closes.
Monday 18 September 2023
1300 – 1700: Registration at Hilton (table in foyer)
               Sponsor Set up in Ballroom
1515 – 1730: Executive Directors Meeting (Empire AB)
1730 – 2000: Opening Reception (Governor’s Ballroom A)( Appetizers)
Tuesday 19 September 2023
0800 – 1200: Registration (table in foyer)
0800 – 0900: Breakfast
               0900 – 0930: Welcoming Remarks (Governor’s Ballroom A)
               0945 – 1200: Session 1 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
1215 – 1315: Lunch
               1330 – 1600: Session 2 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
               1700 – 1710: Shuttle to Fort Orange Brewing
1730 – 2100: Museum Ship Pub Trivia at Fort Orange Brewing (Dinner)
               2100 – 2110: Shuttle to Hotel
Wednesday 20 September 2023
0800 – 0900: Breakfast
               0945 – 1200: Session 3 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
1215 – 1315: Lunch
               1330 – 1500: Session 4 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
1530 – 1700: Shuttle to Slater for tour
1730 – 2000: Dutch Apple Hudson River Cruise (Appetizers)
               2000 – 2030: Shuttle to Hotel
Thursday 21 September 2023
0800 – 0900: Breakfast
               0915 – 1200: Session 5 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
               1000 – 1155: HNSA Board Meeting (Empire AB)
1215 – 1315: Lunch
               1330 – 1600: Session 6 (Governor’s Ballroom A)
               1445 – 1545: HNSA Annual Meeting (Governor’s Ballroom A)
               1730 – 1800: Shuttle to State Museum (or 15 min walk)
               1800 – 2200: Closing Banquet (State Museum)
                                               NHHC Awards, HNSA Awards, Closing Remarks 
               1800 – 1900: Cocktail Party - Appetizers
1900 – 1945: Dinner
               2000 – 2130: Awards
               2130 – 2200: Shuttle to Hotel (or 15 min walk)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is this conference for people who do my job?

Yes! Everyone from executive directors and board presidents to volunteers and even folks not associated with a museum ship have fun at HNSA. The conference is a great place to network and meet experts in the field. There is a trade show for our industry affiliates to show off the products they have that support running a museum ship. Folks have come to HNSA to pass their resumes around, to meet their peers, discuss best practices, and to learn what's happening in the field. 

Is there a dress code?

The banquet is a formal event however the rest of the conference is casual. Many of us wear our work polos or other clothes that represent our ships. 


Are meals provided?

Yes, we provide light breakfast Tues-Thurs, lunch Tues-Thurs, appetizers at dinner Mon and Weds, and full dinners Tues and Thurs.

What if I have dietary concerns?

Let us know and we will do everything in our power to accommodate you. 

Who is eligible for a scholarship? 

Anyone can apply. We want the conference and the information we share to be as accessible as possible. Preference will be given to emerging professionals, people who have never been before, and people who would not otherwise be able to attend. In past years, we have been able to provide scholarships for the majority of applicants.

Can I bring my spouse/partner?

Yes. There is a guest rate which assumes your partner will not actively participate in the presentations, however they are welcome to join us at all the meals and after-hours events. Or you can just purchase an extra ticket for the after-hours events if they have other plans for most of the conference.

Do I have to be a member to register?

No. Anyone is welcome to attend.

What if my ship/museum/job isn't a member, what if I'm not in the field?

You are still more than welcome to attend and see what HNSA has to offer.

I'm interested in visiting one of the ships near Albany but don't know anyone there, how do I reach out?

Send an email to [email protected] and I can put you in touch with someone at the museum you are interested in attending.

Past Conferences (note: links to presentations are under construction)

2022 - Honolulu, Hawaii (USS Missouri)

Hosted by the Battleship Missouri Memorial Tuesday, September 13 through Friday, September 16 in the heart of Waikiki at the Hilton Waikiki Beach. To access the conference presentations for Members, go to this link (TBA).

2021 - Mobile, Alabama (USS Alabama)

Hosted by the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park from 22-25 September. To access the conference presentations for Members, go to this link (TBA). 

2020 - not held for COVID

2019 - Manitowoc, Wisconsin (USS Cobia)

Hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, September 17-20. To access the conference presentations for Members, go to this link (TBA).