Thanks to the 'Woolies' and some excellent press, we've had people in to the museum all week to see our new exhibition. Tuesday afternoon Elizabeth Hopkins brought visitors from the midwest; her friend Felicity is a fine embroiderer.
Above upper rightJackie Dietrich of the water taxi came by on Thursday. W
e're already planning for SUMMER.

But for now, SPRING has sprung.  
Read our new Spring newsletter online HERE.     
It should be in your mailbox, and will be available at coffeeshops downtown, by the end of the week.

C oming up at the Custom House.
New this week A Chance to Meet  
Thursday, April 12, 5 - 7 PM 
Trustee Andrew Blacker and his brother Kevin are opening up the Custom House doors with a series of free social gatherings on the 2nd Thursday of each month beginning April 12.
They're looking to be part of the NL waterfront's transformaton and have plenty of ideas for how to get started.
Stop in between 5 & 7 PM and join the discussion.
Carson's, of Noank, is providing the nibbles.
Above, We ran into a few friends at Carson's this week.
Yes, that's Steve Jones and Barbara Dixon with Kerri.

 We're back open Wednesdays! 
April through December, the Custom House Maritime Museum is open
Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment 860-447-2501. 
What's Up at the Custom House  - April 8, 2018
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
next Sunday, April 15
Long Island Whalers of Color 
with Sandra Brewster-Walker  
Sunday, April 15, 2 PM
Long Island Indigenous People Museum Executive Director Sandi Brewster-Walker discusses whaling captains and crews of color on Long Island Sound, highlighting the genealogies and experiences of
the local men who hunted the whale during the peak years of 1840 to 1860.

$12, $10 NLMS members, $8 youth ages 10 to 18. 
Register online  or
call 860-447-2501.

Sandi Brewster-Walker is an independent historian, genealogist, freelance writer, and business owner raised in North Amityville, NY. She is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation, but has traced her heritage and culture back to the Shinnecock, Unkechaug, Matinecock, Massapequa, and the Setalcott Bands. Her indigenous ancestors were here when the first traders and settlers arrived on the Island.
Sandi joined President William Jefferson Clinton's Administration in 1993, and was appointed Deputy Director of the Office of Communications at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She later served as director of the Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community, an economic development Program.  
After leaving President Clinton's administration as a member of the Senior Executive Service, she founded L & P International, a global meeting management company. Nationally, Sandi was named one of the 2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winner, because of her contribution to the global meeting industry.
Ms Brewster-Walker has taught American History in the secondary education public school system, as well as served an (acting) Assistant Director for the Urban Center for Black Studies at Vassar College.  Sandi has researched people of color for more than 40-years, developing the Invisible People Series.
Tuesday, April  17

Jibboom Club 
East to the Azores - A sail through the Islands , with W. Frank Bohlen
Tuesday, April  17, doors open at 1 PM, talk is at 2 

An experienced offshore sailor, racing and cruising, W. Frank Bohlen has a particular interest in islands and island groups their natural history and cultures. In July 2017 he sailed through and visited a number of the Azores islands with a group of friends observing the unique blend of rugged topography and the resourcefulness of the islanders.

W. Frank Bohlen is an oceanographer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Sciences University of Connecticut.
He has visited and sailed among many of the island groups of the Atlantic. 

Join Russ and Rob for coffee, conversation and a guest speaker.  
Donation is for refreshments, only. Please come and bring a friend.


We thank Rob Pittaway for surprising us with the very thoughtful gift of a portable sound system last week. It will be just the thing for future JIBBOOM CLUB talks. 
What's Up? Save the date for these future events .
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Love Is... a cabaret with Gary Baillargeon
a Fund-raiser for the NL Maritime Society
evening, May 5, at 7 PM.

An evening of  Broadway and contemporary classics featuring song from Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Richards Rogers and more, Love is...  takes a lighthearted look at love and what happens when you find it.  
Enjoy music, fabulous desserts (cheese, fruit, not-so-sweets, chocolate), coffee & wine. The performance is a fund-raiser for the NL Maritime Society.  Space is limited. Make your reservation now.

Stitch Your Own Woolie  workshops with Christina Corcoran
two Saturdays, May 5 & 12, 11 AM--1 PM.

Learn how to make your own 'woolie' embroidered
picture in the style of Victorian sailors!  This two-session workshop will introduce the various tools and techniques used in the handcraft of embroidered maritime pictures (currently on view at the Custom House museum.) See details HERE.

Dowsing Downtown, with Roger Ryley.
Saturday afternoon, May 12. 
Roger Ryley will present a brief history of dowsing at the Custom House followed by a hands-on demonstration during an archeological walking tour of lower Bank Street as it was circa 1600-1650.    

new event - Illustrated Talk
Building the First Steamship in History, with John Laurence Busch
Sunday, May 20, 4 PM
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of National Maritime Day, a holiday created to recognize the maritime industry, with a discussion of the 1807 invention of the steamship, and the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power on May 22, 1819 (under the command of New London-born Captain Moses
$12, $10 members, $5 youth ages 10 to 18. .
Celebrate the actual 200th anniversary of National Maritime Day on Tuesday, May 22, 12 noon, in a ceremony at Fort Trumbull Park.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

  Untold Tides: the Surprising Influence of the Tides in Human Affairs, Mark Borton  two Thursday evenings -- June 14 & 28, 6-7 PM 

now on view

Victorian Woolies: Sailors' Stitchery and Other Pastimes
The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection 
The ship in this piece, above, has both a steam power and sails.

'Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes' celebrates a recent acquisition of 22 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries -- a recent gift from Charles B. Moss, Jr. To learn more read Mary Biekert's article in The Day, or the article last week in the Times.

The full collection remains on view at the Custom House through June 10, 2018. 
There are many ways to support our efforts. 

~ Come on -- sponsor the JIBBOOM CLUB for a year. ($1,000)

~ help buy landscaping (& a fence) for Harbor Light ($7,000)

~ fund an architectural preservation plan for Race Rock Light ($9,000)

~ Help up protect our priceless artifacts and make new purchases.

  Please DONATE to New London Maritime Society &  the Custom House.

Want to help? Please give Susan a call: 860-447-2501, or 203-444-2884 (cell) or you may email
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New London Landmarks and the Connecticut Fair Housing Center on Tuesday will present Discrimination, Urban Renewal and New London's Lost Neighborhood, an exploration into a largely black neighborhood wiped out by New London's Winthrop Cove Redevelopment Project.
Tuesday, April 10, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mount Moriah Fire Baptized Holiness Church, 22 Moore Ave. The guest speaker is Lonnie Braxton, former president of the NAACP New London Chapter.

The world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II for Orchestra conducted by Nadia Potemkina.  
Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00pm,  Crowell Concert Hall, Wesleyan University, Free
One Sky is an attempt to deliver a message that we live under and share one sky no matter how different our individual beliefs may be or what political borders have been created.  
For three years Jin Hi Kim taught the Music Meditatation Workshops at the Custom House.

New London Homeless Hospitality Center writes: Our good friends at the Custom House Maritime Museum have offered FREE admission to all registered walkers on April 22, the day of our 11th Annual Walk to End Homelessness!  Sign up today and walk the WALK!


Left, visitors last week from Mystic. 

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New this week, THE LONG ISLAND, (not 'Long Island'!) -- by Drew Beckmeyer. $16.
Some of us like the comfort of familiarity-staying close to the home we've always known, making a life, building a community. For some, the intimacy of the old routine is satisfaction itself. But the known is not for everyone. When our 5 protagonists get to wondering what's on the other side of their island, they can't stop until they find out. What follows is an epic journey of discovery, danger, imagination, and ultimately, bittersweet fulfillment. Is this sophisticated picture book about man versus earth? Man versus man? Or man versus self? Like our protagonists, every reader will find their own right answer in this haunting and deceptively simple modern fable.
Beautiful and skillful. Daring. Every reader may come away from this curious and quiet book with a different message, and the deeper meanings are an intriguing challenge to parse. -Kirkus Reviews

Just published and also new this week in the MUSEUM SHOP
Hello Lighthouse - A lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner
Sophie Blackall that will transport readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor! $16.

A delightful bedtime read perfect for one on one sharing -- School Library Journal, starred review

It's a jewel of a creation and a gift to those who dream of retreat. ---Publishers Weekly, starred review
MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards suppo rting the museum, exhibitions, & educational programs.

a bit of a DIY project, our ship model gallery in the Archibald Chester Room is finally coming together.

The critical boost this week was the loan of a masonry hammer-drill from Lester French, below.

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 New London Harbor Light, a beloved local historic landmark. 
Facebook  Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts. 

Facebook  New London Ledge Light  reports the latest on the lighthouse in the center of our harbor. 

Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  Did you read in The Day -- the Inn restaurant may reopen this fall!

Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area  lighthouses. 

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

Facebook Sentinels on the Sound posts events and dates to watch.

Below, Scott's in the snow. But it's open. And de-lish! 
~ Have a Sparkling Day ~
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John Steffian, Jr.
& the
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