Above: our AUTUMN newsletter is available now online, will be out around the downtown tomorrow, and will be in your mailbox by the end of the week.   
Above, upper right: our Day printer friends Colleen and Kelly stopped by with the the newsletter proof and stayed to see the original 1761 artifact we're featuring this issue.  
Our new Autumn newsletter is full of surprises.
Read it HERE! 
The Custom House Maritime Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - September 17, 2017
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Tuesday, September 19
Jibboom Club #1 GAM
Preserving New London's Waterfront Heritage
with Marcus J. Fisk (CAPT. USN Ret.)
this Tuesday, September 19, 1 PM 
There are countless examples that illustrate how powerful a tool Historic Preservation is and how it has led to dynamic economic development and revenue for cities and towns across the country. The next JIBBOOM Club discussion, led by Marcus Fisk, is about creating a coalition to preserve our downtown through historic preservation activities that will not only preserve our heritage, but also stimulate the local economy and help establish New London as a tourist destination in the fast-growing SE Connecticut and Long Island Sound region.
Marcus Fisk has led a varied professional life, holding positions from Naval officer to government leader to playwright to runway model to his current occupation as New London innkeeper.   
Join us for a great discussion, coffee & cookies. Please come and bring a friend. Donation for refreshments, only. Questions? call 860-447-2501. 
Saturday, September 23
Starts this Saturday & runs for 4: September 23, 30, October 7, 14   
How to be a Cartoonist - with Jon Buller 
Classes for Kids (age 8 & up) 
Taught by Kids' Book illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller.   
(Adults are welcome to join the group.)  
four Saturdays, 10:45 AM to 12 noon. $40.  
Materials included.
Questions?  call 860-447-2501.
Please sign up online today!   brownpapertickets.com/event/2970219 
Sunday, September 24
Did you ever  wonder why there are no restaurants, hotels, or other amenities for visitors to Fishers Island?  
The Prize that Got Away - the History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland, with Pierce Rafferty  
September 24, Sunday, at 2 PM. At the Custom House.

In this illustrated lecture, Pierce Rafferty, director of Fisher's Island's Henry L. Ferguson Museum, explains it all, including border line disputes, secession and annexation attempts, and the lobster war. (Yes, that's Race Rock, above, left.
NLMS members $10, all others $12. Seating in limited. 
Call 860-447-2501 for reservations. You also may show up at the door.

We're planning one work trip to Race Rock Light this September for which we would like 6 willing pairs of  hands to dedicate their day, and also require $1,400 for the boat & supplies .  
It's 45 minutes out; we'll work about six hours on the rock, and then it's 45 minutes back. Please email Susan at nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com or leave a message at 860-447-8700 if you would like to contribute your time, money, or both -- and please be sure to leave your phone number.  
We're totally dependent on weather and tides, so please indicate when you could be available -- weekdays or weekends -- and we'll call you when there's a favorable time

On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka 
Lighthouses of Long Island Sound at Night  
David has been at work in Maine. See more about it HERE

Lighthouses, Tall Ships, and Submarines: Maritime Photos from The Day's Photojournalists, by Tim Cook, Sean Elliot, Dana Jensen, and
Tim Martin     
Saturday,  October 7
Tugboats Illustrated, with author / architect Paul Farrell
Book talk & visit on a real tugboat - at the Custom House.
October 7, Saturday, at 3 PM.
$16, $12 NLMS members
or call 860-447-2501 
Who doesn't love a tugboat? Stubby strivers of the seas, stalwart, strong, and stable, they speak to a need for stability amidst the churn. Cambridge architect Paul Farrell channels deep admiration and interest for the tug into a beautiful ode to the workhorses of the waterways in a book that's been 20 years in the making. 'Tugboats Illustrated: History, Technology,  Seamanship' (Norton) has a scrapbookish feel. Photographs spanning
centuries show all sorts of tugs in action; the sketches are done by Farrell himself showing an architect's elegant precision. You will learn about the boat, its history, its workings, the way it moves, but more than that, the book is a look into a mind's enthusiasm, and this mind is curious, sharp, engaged, and passionate. 'What interests me is the interplay between ideas, the things people build and the environment that shapes how they build them,' Farrell writes. ■
-- Nina MacLaughlin, Boston Globe
We thank the Thames Towboat Co. for generously providing the tug.  
Tugs Illustrated by Paul Farrell is available in the MUSEUM SHOP. 
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For the month of October we will have a membership exchange with the Stonington Historical Society - stoningtonhistory.org. Our benefits of membership: free admission, reduced event fees, a 10% discount in the MUSEUM SHOP will be shared with SHS members, and vice versa.

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.      

Facebook New London Harbor Light  reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.

We are sorry to report that for the 4th year, there have been no public or private tours of New London Harbor Lighthouse.
We are not about to quit, and will continue to work for public access to this beloved local landmark. We do this for you and for future generations. 
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.

Facebook the Ledge Light Foundation (friends group) to learn about  tours inside that lighthouse.  
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse   posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway to learn what other
lighthouses on the Sound are up to this summer.   

Facebook Sentinels of the Sound to learn about our latest  Programs and to read news on Connecticut tourism.
Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to see what's new.  . 
We just got in some terrific new books for Little People.
YOU can rent the Custom House for your private event. To find out more, give Susan a call at 860-447-8700.  
Save the date - Sunday, November 5 - for our
34th Annual Meeting! --on a boat, with Steve Jones, & cake. 

  Have a sparkling day.
Your membership matters! Join NLMS today.  
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