Late breaking news, Bob Benedict, a longtime WCHA member in Mass. thought it would be a good opportunity with the Assembly being so close to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass to offer to send a delegation of folks knowledgeable about birchbark canoes to evaluate and document the 4 historic canoes in their Native American collection. Apparently they are significant, but have never been exhibited. It's not clear how much is known about their identification and/or provenance. We are trying to arrange a time that these canoes be made available to view and assess coinciding with the first day of Assembly (10AM-Noon?) on Wednesday, July 14th. Ted Behne is contacting the birchbark "literati" about their interest and availability to contribute the discussion and documentation. We see this as an opportunity for the WCHA to raise it's profile and the PEM may learn more about these artifacts. Anyone else interested in participating?