What's Up at the Custom House - August 6, 2017
New London Maritime Society -
telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
August 6, 4 & 6:30 PM
Nimble Arts Circus
Nimble Arts Circus
or the 8th year to New London -
with free performances at 4 & 6:30 PM on NL's Parade Plaza.
Co-sponsored by New London Maritime Society (Veolia Water grant) and the City of New London.
See you there!
Frank L. McGuire Library
Book of the Month
William Clark Bell and others, eds.
NAVAL DOCUMENTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Washington, Department of the Navy, 1964-2013
For serious readers of naval history, this impressive multi-volume work is a researcher's dream. The eleven volumes printed to date - also searchable online - give a highly detailed account of our naval activity during in the Revolution. Correspondence, orders, logs, and newspaper accounts, all arranged by date, describe the war at sea and in the halls of government. A search of "New London" in the digital edition of Volume 1 brings a remarkable 102 occurrences to the screen, embedded in an extract of the text that helps the reader decide whether to continue on to the full document. "Nathaniel Shaw" brings up 48 occurrences in Vol. 10, "privateers" 162 occurrences in Vol. 11, and so on. The powerful, indeed magical, search capability of the digitized volumes complements the print volumes on our shelves, offering us the best of both formats. Volume 1 came out in 1964, volume 12 in 2013. Each volume covers only three or four months of chronological time, so although the project has only reached the halfway point toward the British surrender in 1781, it already provides an endlessly fascinating look at our maritime past.
-- Brian Rogers, NLMS librarian
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday - August 6, 7, & 8
How will you mark National Lighthouse Day, August 7?
Come out with us.
Our evening boat tours take place August 6, 7, & 8
Sunset Lighthouse Boat Tour - August 6, 7, & 8
See three of New London's lighthouses as the sun goes down
Twilight is a magical time to be on the water.
Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who knows them best.
Full-Moon Lighthouse Boat Tours
August 6, 7, & 8
Set up a Charter Tour
up-to 6, or up-to 40
Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who knows them best. You may
charter a New London Lighthouse Tour
Tours inside Ledge Light
Ledge Light Foundation, leaving from UCONN Avery-Pont in Groton, take place some Saturdays in August & September. Learn more at
Thursday, August 10
Excursion to Fishers Island to see the 'Photographers of Fishers Island, Part One, 1880s to 1930s' exhibition
this Thursday, August 10, 10 AM to 3 PM.
Join one of our two excursions to Fishers Island to view the new
Photographers of Fishers Island, Part One, 1880s to 1930s exhibition, curated by Pierce Rafferty, at the Henry L. Ferguson Museum. A light lunch is provided. This years exhibition celebrates the work of the first photographers of Fishers Island. Some were professional, some amateur, but together they provide a multi-faceted portrait of all aspects of island life.
We're taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London.
Times listed will be adjusted to the ferry timetable. Trips leave from the Fishers Island ferry terminal on the New London waterfront, within steps of the NL Amtrak station. Each trip is limited to 12 attendees. $60. Register online
Saturday, August 12
Did you ever wonder why there are no restaurants, hotels, or other amenities for visitors to Fishers Island? Find out on Saturday, August 12, at the Custom House.
this Saturday, August 12, at 4 PM. At the Custom House.
The Prize that Got Away - the History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland
The Prize that Got Away: The History of Fishers Island's Tangled Relations with the Mainland
August 12, Saturday, at 4 PM.
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.
NLMS members $10, all others $12.
860-447-2501 for reservations. You also may show up at the door.
Tuesday, August 15
Jibboom Club #1 GAM - Kevin Farrar Talks Sail Making
Tuesday, August 15, at 1 PM
The Jibboom Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month.
Join Russ and Rob for a speaker's program, coffee, and cookies; donations for refreshments only.
Kevin Farrar is a sailmaker, skilled sailor, and boat builder. His sail loft,
Farrar Sails, has been located in New London, in the former Monte Cristo Garage at 6 Union Street, since 1999. For the August Jibboom Club, Kevin Farrar will give a tour of Farrar Sails and explain the process of designing and fabricating custom sails.
We meet at the Custom House, 150 Bank St. It will be a field trip:
we walk to his site just two short blocks from the Custom House.
Bring a Friend, coffee and cookies after Q/A.
Questions? Call 860-447-2501.
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
Sunday, August 20
In Celebration of National Lighthouse Day
Joseph Smith, Performing Artist of Living History
A Candid Conversation with Augustin Fresnel
Sunday, August 20, 2 PM. FREE 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, 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, Fresnel 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.
This is a free presentation, in honor of National Lighthouse Day (August 7). Seating is limited and on a first-come basis.
The performance is sponsored by a Veolia / New London Water Authority grant.
Sunday, August 27
Local History - Book Talk, with Gail MacDonald
Sunday, August 27, 4 PM, at the Custom House
Join journalist 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 brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.
Copies of the book will be available in the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP after August 7, two weeks in advance of the talk.
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 for the first organizational meeting of the Custom Book Club (continuing the stories of New London's waterfront). For more information, contact Kathy Walburn:
Clink on underlined words - hot links - to learn more
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NLMS cheers on the local community!
Last week, Preserve Plum Island made real progress. We share their post, below:
THE CONSERVATION OF PLUM ISLAND KNOWS NO PARTY BOUNDARIES
Thank you to the 11 regional bi-partisan cosponsors of H.R. 2182, The Plum Island Preservation Act, who helped it pass the House this week. You are all champions working together to protect the natural and historical resources of this amazing national treasure. We look forward to continued work with our entire delegation--House and Senate alike--to ensure Plum Island is saved.
Congressman Joe Courtney (CT)
Rep. Joe Crowley (NY)
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT)
Congressman Eliot Engel(CT)
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty(CT)
Congressman John Faso(NY)
Congressman Peter King (NY)
Congressman Jim Langevin (RI)
Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY)
Congressman Jim McGovern (MA)
Congressman Tom Suozzi (NY)
Congressman Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY)
We have a new facebook page:
New London Ledge Light
to share cultural and educational information about our lighthouse. You can learn about Ledge Light year-round, every day at the Custom House Maritime Museum, where the original fresnel lens and fog horn are on display along with an amazing Ledge Light model made and donated to NLMS by Bob Landry
New London Maritime Society
to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation
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New London Maritime Society is a proud supporter of New London Local First.
Look for their new directory, (with our ad, left), around town and Buy Local First!
Facebook New London Harbor Light reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation
. We post community news, conservation & preservation articles.
activities. We are sorry to report that for the 4th year, there will be no public tours of New London Harbor Lighthouse.
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.
Facebook the Ledge Light Foundation (friends group)
to learn about visiting Ledge Light.
Race Rock Lighthouse
posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts. We visited last week and posted a new video & photos. Here's a photo, right, in the lantern last week.
Sentinels of the Sound
to learn about our latest Summer Programs and to read news on Connecticut tourism.Take a look - there were some terrific articles about Long Island Sound lighthouses posted last week.
HAPPY NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY - TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
The lens at New London Harbor Light is the last fresnel lens still in place inside the lantern of a Connecticut lighthouse. Harbor Light is the oldest & tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound. We love it and know you do, too!
We continue to work for public access to this important maritime history site.
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