The 'woolies' are here! 
On Friday we received a transformative gift -- a collection of 22 Victorian  'woolies', detail above, a generous donation from  Ben Moss , upper right . 
Sailors were good sewers. As a general rule they mended the sails, tied knots, and made their own uniforms. In their spare time aboard ship, in addition to making scrimshaw, 'sailors' valentines',  and knotted items, some sailors created stitched paintings. Known as 'woolies', most include ships; many feature lighthouses!
Stay tuned.
An exhibition of the collection will open within the coming weeks. 
Above, NLMS trustee and resident lighthouse expert Nick Korstad dedicated a day to getting the Ledge lens polished and its clockworks going. 
January through April, the Custom House Maritime Museum is open
Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - February 11, 2018
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Sunday, February 18
Above, Chandler B. Saint with descendants of Venture Smith.

Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the
Sloop Venture 2018-2019, with Chandler Saint
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM  
Historian Chandler Saint presents his latest research on Venture Smith and
brings us up-to-date on his plans to visit New London this summer to launch the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, an effort to memorialize the 400th anniversary (in 2019) of the first African slave landing.

We'll have the new Venture Smith biography, by  Chandler B. Saint
with Robert Pierce Forbes , for sale in the MUSEUM SHOP next Sunday.  
$16, $12 NLMS members, $8 youth
Space is limited and Chandler Saint is a popular speaker.
coming right up...  
Saturday, February 24 
Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH!  
Saturday, February 24, 10 AM. 
The Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London. It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.

The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies! The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.  Call 860-447-2501 with your questions or sign up online today at 
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London In February, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

The seal photo, above, was taken by a guest on last year's seal trip with the Black Hawk.
February 28   
Attention: High school juniors & seniors 
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage 
Black Maritime History Scholarship 
entries are due February 28 
Find out more at  
Sunday, March 11 
Patrick Lynch talk & book signing 
Connecticut Coast & Long Island Sound: 20,000 Years of Change on Connecticut's Shores    
Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM  
Connecticut has some of New England's most beautiful coastal environments, but our shores and marine environments also face increasing challenges from urbanization, pollution, and climate change. This talk will look at the geology and biology of our coast, and try to place our current challenges within the context of 20,000 years of major changes in our shoreline since it was formed at the end of the Ice Age.
Patrick Lynch, illustrator, photographer, and author of  A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, Yale University Press,2017, will speak about LIS and sign copies of his new LIS field guide at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m.   
$12, $10 NLMS members, $8 youth ages 10 to 18 
New London Maritime Society
Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, and restoration  
A small gem in downtown New London, NLMS's Custom House is New London's local maritime history museum & preservation organization.

Left, NLMS is very proud to receive Charles 'Ben'  Moss, Jr.'s , collection of Victorian woolies. Ben is the great-grandson of the legendary vaudeville impresario, B.S. Moss, and the grandson of Charles B. Moss, Sr., a radio and television producer and movie theater owner, who together built a family enterprise that made the Moss name synonymous with show business in New York. The 'woolie' collection was assembled by Ben's grandparents, who purchased the pictures on visits to London in the early 1900s.

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TODAY - Sunday, February 11
Two Valentines Day Parlor Concerts - North Stonington Historical Society presents
Blessed Sweet Oblivion: An Evening with Love Art Songs
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, 4:00 PM and again at 6:30 PM
Ava Wing, Soprano, with Aymeric Dupré la Tour, Piano
Tickets $20, Phone reservations recommended, Call (860) 245-5322
February is Black History Month
Here are three February BHM events at the Custom House.
America the 'We' not the 'I'  film series for Black History Month.
Black film historian Lonnie Braxton will lead an after-hours film series to celebrate Black History Month:  America the 'We' not the 'I'.  The series is co-sponsored by Public Library of New London with New London Maritime Society. Films are shown at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London, CT.
February 16 - The Longoria Affair
February 23 - Hidden Figures
Lecture: Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, with historian Chandler Saint
Sunday, February 18, 2 PM, at the Custom House Maritime Museum.  
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Sch olarship
Entries are due February 28, 2018.  
Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation . We also post community news and conservation / preservation articles. 
Custom House Maritime Museum   is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, & school visits, as well as with news of interest about museums.

Below, new in the MUSEUM SHOP, Mia, a Lottie doll ($17) and Valentine's Day gifts.
The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
offers all kinds of unique gifts.  
Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a  museum ticket to come in.
Our gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you  shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum exhibitions & educational programs.    
Facebook New London Harbor Light   reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.   
We continue our work to re-establish public access to this beloved local historic landmark.

Above, the evolving lighthouse display, with a new 'woolie' on the wall behind Bob Landry's Race Rock model.   
Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.        
Facebook New London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about   the lighthouse in our harbor.  We've posted new videos this week.

Right, on Friday, journalist / historian Gail MacDonald started in as a docent at the Custom House. Gail wrote the new book on Morton Plant.  
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area  lighthouses. 

Left, While here on Thursday, NLMS trustee Nick Korstad  filled in the local Kiwanis Club about developments at our three lighthouses and director Susan Tamulevich spoke about the Custom House museum, education and special programs.

Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.

Below, polishing the NL Ledge Lighthouse lens.   
~ Happy Valentine's Day! ~
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& the
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