Today at 2 PM, attend a free performance at the Custom House.
The Custom House Maritime Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - August 20, 2017
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Sunday, August 20
join us for a special FREE performance, sponsored by Veolia Water
Joseph Smith, Performing Artist of Living History
A Candid Conversation with Augustin Fresnel
August 20, Sunday, 2 PM. at the Custom House.

Joseph Smith, the recipient of a 2016 Staten Island Arts Fund Grant, will present an original living-history portrayal of Augustin Fresnel, left, 1788-1827, the French inventor of the Fresnel lens. His Fresnel performance was the highlight of our 2017 Lighthouse Conference.
Based on his revolutionary theory of light behaving like a wave rather than as particles, Augustin developed the multiple glass prism shapes that made up a lens able to capture 85% of the light emitted by the light source, & project a light beam in a lighthouse over 25 miles.

Right, the Fresnel lens in Harbor Light.

This is a free presentation, in honor of National Lighthouse Day (August 7) presented by New London Maritime Society.
Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. You may reserve your seat by calling 860-447-2501. 
next Sunday, August 27
Local History - Book Talk, with Gail MacDonald 
Morton F. Plant - Shaping the Connecticut Shoreline 
Sunday, August 27, 4 PM, at the Custom House

Join  Gail MacDonald for the launch of her new book and the first meeting of the Custom Book Club.

Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father's transportation empire determined to improve his community.

A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grass-roots community causes alike, Plant's influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant's summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut's iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. He developed the popular Shennecossett Golf Club as part of his summer resort.

Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Rhode Island Monthly, American Artist, and Vermont Life.

Copies of the book are available in the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP.
Purchase a ticket to the event along with your book and receive a $4 discount.

Tickets $12, $10 for NLMS members.
Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling 860-447-2501.

We're starting a BOOK GROUP. Join us on August 27 at 4 o'clock for Gail MacDonald's talk, then stay on at the museum for the first organizational meeting of the Custom Book Club (continuing the stories of New London's waterfront). For more information, contact Kathy Walburn:  

Sailmaker, sailor, and boat builder Kevin Farrar has maintained a sail loft,
Farrar Sails, in New London since 1999. Last Tuesday, for the August meeting of the Jibboom Club, Kevin gave us a tour and explained the process of designing and fabricating custom sails.
four Saturdays - September 2, 9, 16, 23 
How to be a Cartoonist - with Jon Buller 
Classes for Kids (age 8 & up) 
Taught by Kids' Book illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller.  four Saturdays, 10:45 AM to 12 noon. $40. Materials included.
? - call 860-447-2501
sign up online today! 
On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka
Lighthouses of Long Island Sound at Night

Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists, by Tim Cook, Sean Elliot, Dana Jensen, and
Tim Martin     

both photography exhibitions have been extended through the SUMMER
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We are sorry to report that for the 4th year, there will be
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Would you like to visit inside Race Rock Light ???
We're possibly going to take out a small group on Saturday, August 26, as a benefit for the New London Maritime Society. Watch the Race Rock facebook page for details as they develop.   
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lighthouses on the Sound are up to this summer.  
Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to s ee what's new.

Right, bubble bath for sale in the SHOP. 

Facebook Sentinels of the Sound to learn about our latest Summer Programs and to read news on Connecticut tourism.

Left, earlier this month we were happy to host Senator Blumenthal's press event to preserve Plum Island.

YOU can rent the Custom House - or the tent out back - for your private event. To find out more, give Susan a call at 860-447-8700.

 Below, Race Rock Light. 

Plan to experience the eclipse.
Monday, August 21, 2:44 PM. 

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