National Maritime Historic Society [ seahistory.org ]

  • Home page
  • Content page
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  • Storefront landing page
  • Store product page
  • Content Management System

Founded in 1963, the National Maritime Historic Society (NMHS) was established as a not-for-profit membership organization. It endeavors to raise awareness of our nation's maritime heritage through publications, educational programs, sail training, and the preservation of historic ships.

Client Goals & Requirements:

NMHS required a site that would allow them to connect and communicate with their existing members, bolster their information capabilities, help to reach out to new perspective members interested in maritime history, and raise funds to support the cause through online commerce.

Solution Summary:

Key Solutions:

  • Full overhaul of the site architecture
  • Complete re-design of the interface
  • Design and build-out of an online store
  • Installation of a CMS to put content management into the hands of the client

The condition of the existing web site presented a feeble, out-of-date structure, so our Initial efforts consisted of exploratory work to evaluate the target user, and architect a site structure. From there we created schematics to focus the user interface and ensure a usable experience.

The site design focused on better serving the organization's purposes, to allow the site to be a resource for their existing membership and encourage new members to join.

The new solution incorporates the Olive CMS to allow for the employees of NMHS to update their own content, and keep their membership informed of the latest news and information.

The site included a full e-commerce enabled online store, which through sales serves to generate income for the organization, helping to fund their on-going education and restoration efforts.


"Brigham Pendleton Design worked closely with us to cultivate our web site design, forming a collaborative partnership with us. He worked to gain an understanding of the fundamental nature of the National Maritime Historical Society, successfully translating it into a "visual brand" for the Internet."

Julia Church
Communications Director
National Maritime Historical Society

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