Our year-long Third-Grade Local History Program, in partnership with New London Public Schools, began its first round of field trips last week. 
This month students visit both Nathan Hale Schoolhouse and the Custom House Maritime Museum.  
Over the course of the school year, and under the direction of award-winning educator Jody Barthel, New London Maritime Society will bring all 300 New London third graders to visit up-to six different local historic sites. This program is supported by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut,  The Anthony & Elizabeth Enders Fund, the Morgan McGinley Family Fund, among others. 
Above, Jody Barthel explains the lighthouse fresnel lens to students from Nathan Hale Elelmentary. Above, upper right, Nathan Hale Schoolhouse director, Dave Packard, models a Revolutionary-era  uniform for the students. photo: Jody Barthel. 
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Last week New London Maritime Society welcomed Nick Korstad, left, to our board of trustees.  

Master mason Harald Hefel, of Hefel Masonry, is now working at Harbor Lighthouse to create a more direct access to the lighthouse for the USCG and NLMS members. 
We would like to thank Superior Rental for contributing to this effort! 
New London Maritime Society thanks our project Friends & Sponsors.
Robinson + Cole                                                                      Docko 
& the
Chester Kitchings Family Foundation.
    Thank you! 
The Custom House Maritime Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - October 29, 2017
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
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Sunday, November 5     
Please join our special charter tour: Reimagine Home Waters.  
Lean back, delight in Steve's stories, enjoy the sites & a scrumptious lunch!  We're serving killer sandwiches from Montauk House Cafe! 
--on a boat, with Steve Jones, & cake.
Sunday, November 5, 12:30 to 3:30 PM 
There'll be box lunches (Montauk House Cafe), mojitos (Real McCoy rum and Katie Bradford), & cake (The Cake Lady).  
or call 860-447-2501. 
Please register by November 3.    
(If you want to skip the meeting, plan to arrive by 12:45, sharp! )
about Prof. Jones: In addition to teaching at UCONN for 30+ years (literature, the environment, and aspects of the sea), Steve Jones, a former USCG lighthouse keeper, has made films and published books about the region's maritime history. 
We thank the Cross Sound Ferry for  
generously providing the boat.    
Illustration at top, Memory Chart, (detail), by Ellery Thompson.
A word to our Annual Fund Cruise Takers
Buy a ticket for the Annual Meeting/Cruise and receive an additional 10% off purchases in the MUSEUM SHOP through November. 
If you already are a member that's 20% when added to your members' discount of 10%.
Left: 6' fair-trade garlands from Nepal made of paper or felt.  
Left, Our election of Ed Uditis as NLMS trustee was featured in new issue of  'The Journal of Diving History' .

Ed recently added the Miller Dunn helmet, below, to our display.

Due to rain and wind we had to postpone our trip twice last week.
Our last chance for a work trip to Race Rock Light may be this week!    
W e still need $500 more for the boat expenses. Please contribute if you can.
Make your donation on our website:   nlmaritimesociety.org  or call 860-447-2501
Below: as a class project, two Swiss architecture students recreated the plans for Race Rock Light. Next semester they'll do it over again in 3-D.  
One of the students, Andrea Botta , designed this Race Rock cartolina (postcard).
On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum.
This is the last week to view our exhibition from The Day Photojournalists.
Above: Sunlight refracted through a wispy layer of cirrus clouds creates a rainbow Thursday as tourists check out the view from the lantern room of the Old Lighthouse Museum in Stonington. Tim Cook.
Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists, by Tim Cook, Sean Elliot, Dana Jensen, and
Tim Martin     
NB: If you purchased a photograph from the show, please stop by and pick it up.  
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka 
Lighthouses of Long Island Sound at Night   
David's new book Stars and Lights should be printed by mid November. Watch for a book event  at the Custom House before the holidays.
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We salute Middlesex County Historical Society  which recently received a national award for its still-on-view "Vanished Port" exhibition.
The North Stonington Historical Society Parlor Concert Series will present Aymeric Dupré la Tour: "Harrowing Visions, Haunting Fears" on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 4:00 PM and again at 6:30 PM. $20. Reservations are recommended. Call 860-245-5322.  
Above: Roger Riley presented a 'universal theory of dowsing' on Saturday, which encompassed everything from the spirit world to Aboriginal song lines to string theory.  His Art of Dowsing workshops will pick up again next spring with a series of local field trips. 
New from Cavallini in the MUSEUM SHOP - left: Crustacean tea towels, above: starry-sky  sticky notes, pads, & cards, and below: marine pencil set.
NLMS members receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases. With your Annual Fund Cruise ticket, you receive an additional 10% discount through November!
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.  Next Saturday, USCG cadets are scheduled to finish-up the job of assembling our new display cases!     

Above, 2010 photograph of students 'capturing' a rainbow created by the fresnel lens in the lantern of New London Harbor Lighthouse, 'Prism rainbow', was accepted in the Envision Kindness 2017 photo competition. Also accepted was 'Explaining how the lens works', a photograph with NLMS trustee Rob Pittaway taken at the Custom House.
Facebook New London Harbor Light  reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.    We continue to work to re-establish public access to this beloved local landmark.
Right, in honor of Halloween, Jody Barthel retells students the tall tale of Ernie, the ghost of Ledge Lighthouse.      
Facebook New London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about the lighthouse in our harbor.
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.
The Jibboom Club Whale Boat Float made a guest appearance Saturday night at the Hygienic Halloween Bash. Yesterday afternoon the crew rolled it down Bank Street to the Art Park, right. 
Roger, did you get a picture?  
Facebook  Race Rock Lighthouse
posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts. Keep up with news of our work day.     
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway to learn news of other area lighthouses.  
Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to see what's new.   
  Left: fair-trade notepads from Nepal. $4.
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the restoration of the Inn. This week we saw Alwyn Christie, the new Inn owner. Mr Christie reports he discovered more structural damage than anticipated this summer. But he continues the restoration work...  
You can rent the Custom House for your private event. To find out more, give Susan a call at 860-447-8700.  
Below, Anne Vallayer-Coster, Still Life with Marine Plants, Shells & Coral, 1769. 
Happy Halloween.
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