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Dan Harrison
M.L.S, M.A., M.A.


Dan Harrison is a historian and librarian at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, and a consulting maritime archaeologist for the Detroit Historical Society and Cranbrook Institute of Science. 


In over thirty years of diving and sailing the Great Lakes, Dan has developed a love of maritime history and lore.  Dan is the first North American to earn a NAS II certification and was awarded the NAS “Grand Traverse Prize” in 2009 for his survey of a War of 1812 site.  He is presently pursuing his doctorate in Anthropology at Wayne State University.


            1972:  B.A., University of Michigan (English)

            1975:  M.L.S., University of Michigan (Library Science)

            1987:  M.A., Oakland University (History)

            2012:   M.A., Wayne State University (Anthropology)

            2017:   Ph.D., Wayne State University (Anthropology, anticipated)


Teaching Credentials:

            1976 – present:  Bibliographic Instruction (Texas A&M University; Oakland University; Henry Ford Community College)

            2008:  NAS Tutor Training, Traverse City, Michigan

            2010, 2011:  NAS-III “Social History of Ships,” NAS International Field School

            2012:  NAS-III “Documentary Research,” NAS International Field School


Additional Training

            NAS Level I and II and Tutor certifications

            PADI AOW, NAUI Rescue Diver



2009   Corduroy Road Remnant near Brownstown, Michigan (NAS-II survey; Grand Traverse Award)

2012    “Let it be Well Done:” Community Archaeology on Michigan’s First Road (MA Essay).

2012    “‘They had won their battle, too:’ an Odawa narrative from the War of

                        1812.”  In Border Crossings: the Detroit River region in the War of 1812.

                        Detroit Historical Society (recipient of Historical Society of Michigan’s

                        State History Award, Publications: Private Printing category).

 2015     “Frontier Arms Race:  Historical and Archaeological Analysis of an Assemblage of 18th-century Cannon recovered from the Detroit River and Lake Erie”           Historical Archaeology (forthcoming).



            2012  “The Case of the Corroded Cannon,”  Cranbrook Institute of Science

                        (conservation of 18th-century British cannon from Detroit River)


Awards, Honors 

            2006  REI “Steward of the Environment” ($20,000 award)

            2009  Nautical Archaeology Society “Grand Traverse Prize” for excellence in

                        survey work on Hull’s Road corduroy remnant.

            2012  Historical Society of Michigan, State History Award (Preservation &

                         Conservation category), for Hull’s Road corduroy remnant.

            2013  Faculty Lectureship award, Henry Ford Community College.

            2013  Historical Society of Michigan, State History Award (Publications: Private

                        Printing category) for contribution to Border Crossings.

            2014  Michigan Mountain Biking Hall of Fame (Trail Design & Construction).


Research Interests

Underwater and maritime archaeology of the Great Lakes region; Management and interpretation of submerged cultural resources; Maritime heritage; Native American studies; Recreational land use planning.