USA graduate student wins travel award

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jun 01,  2009

Michael Stieber, a graduate student in the history department at the University of South Alabama and an archaeologist for the University of South Alabama’s Center for Archeological Studies, was awarded the Chad Smith Student Travel Grant worth $310 for his presentation at the North American Society for Oceanic History, Steamship Historical Society of America and National Maritime Historical Society’s Annual Conference, which took place May 13-17 in Vallejo, Calif.

Stieber’s paper was titled “Using Oral Histories of Waterfront-Related Pursuits in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, to Explain the Declining Industry.” His research was based on filmed and recorded interviews with fishermen and other seafood industry workers from Bayou La Batre, Ala. The project was funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.


Bayou La Batre net makers George Henry Sprinkle, left, and Dillard Wilkerson are two men who shared their stories and perspectives about working in the maritime industry as part of the oral histories project.


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