New London Maritime Society
- telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Sunday, February 18 - we're still on, despite the snow!
Above, Chandler B. Saint visits with descendants of Venture Smith.
Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, with Chandler Saint
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM
Chandler Saint presents his latest research on Venture Smith and
brings us up-to-date on his plans to visit New London this summer to launch the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, an effort to memorialize the 400th anniversary (in 2019) of the first African slave landing in the US.
We'll have the new Venture Smith biography, by Chandler B. Saint with Robert Pierce Forbes, for sale in the MUSEUM SHOP next Sunday.
$16, $12 NLMS members, $8 youth
Space is limited and Chandler Saint is a popular speaker.
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London www.nlmaritimesociety.org. In February, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
Seal photo courtesy Scott Loring.
from our board president
Ed Cubanski, III, CAPT, USCG (retired)
Warmest greetings to all of you.
I hope all of you are surviving this typical New England winter where you never know if it will snow, rain, have freezing rain fall from the sky, or find the robins arrive early. One constant in the changing New England weather is that your board has been as busy as mother nature having meetings throughout the winter.
We are always thinking of ways to improve our offerings in the museum, create new revenue streams to improve our balance sheet, and become a more vibrant presence along the New England historic tourism trail.
We have lighthouses and artifacts from the 18th Century that are both local, regional, and national historic treasures. We are embarking on correcting roof and gutter projects on the Customs House to keep the water outside the building. We received a generous gift that will soon bring a working periscope to the Customs House for all to use and view scenic Long Island Sound area - maybe you'll be able to see all three of our lighthouses through those optics!
Additionally, we are moving various items around inside the museum to provide better access and display of our wonderful archive of treasures
How do we do all of the above amazing things? Four ways: volunteer hours, NLMS memberships, gifts to our annual fund, and application for grants. Each are in great need for the NLMS Society to further our past successes into the future. So please renew your membership, donate to our annual fund, volunteer your time, and spread the great word about the wealth of treasures we have for your friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy!
Connecticut Coast & Long Island Sound: 20,000 Years of Change on Connecticut's Shores
Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM
Connecticut has some of New England's most beautiful coastal environments, but our shores and marine environments also face increasing challenges from urbanization, pollution, and climate change. This talk will look at the geology and biology of our coast, and try to place our current challenges within the context of 20,000 years of major changes in our shoreline since it was formed at the end of the Ice Age.
Patrick Lynch, illustrator, photographer, and author of
A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, Yale University Press,2017, will speak about LIS and sign copies of his new LIS field guide at the Custom House Maritime Museum on Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m.
Sandy and Sidney Van Zandt give a talk and show pictures about the inspiration, design, construction and sailing of their 39 foot steel cutter
Sequel from 1982 - 2005. They did four transatlantic crossings and a Circumnavigation and quite a few 'side' voyages while sailing 95,000 nm.
Join Russ and Rob for a speakers program, coffee and good conversation. Please come and bring a friend.
Donation for refreshments, only.
New London Maritime Society Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, and restoration
A small gem in downtown New London, NLMS's Custom House is New London's local maritime history museum & preservation organization.
With your support we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.
Your help makes a difference!
Please help with a donation to our ANNUAL FUND. Your gift truly helps!
Clink on underlined words - hot links - to learn more
Don't forget next door at Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery Hauschild 1941-2012: A Retrospective
February is Black History Month
Here are three February BHM events at the Custom House.
America the 'We' not the 'I'film series for Black History Month.
Black film historian Lonnie Braxton will lead an after-hours film series to celebrate Black History Month: America the 'We' not the 'I'. The series is co-sponsored by Public Library of New London with New London Maritime Society. Films are shown at 6:30 p.m. Fridays at the Public Library of New London, 63 Huntington St., New London, CT.
February 23 -
Lecture: Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, with historian Chandler Saint Sunday, February 18, 2 PM, at the Custom House Maritime Museum.
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Scholarship
Entries are due February 28, 2018.
NLMS trustee Jennifer Hillhouse's twin grandchildren, Caitlin and Scott Patterson, of Anchorage, AK, both Team USA Olympics skiers, are having a great time in PyeongChang.
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.
Below, new in the MUSEUM SHOP, fish cachets (little boxes), and horseshoe crab ornaments.
The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP offers all kinds of unique gifts. Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a museum ticket to come in.
Our gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum exhibitions & educational programs.
Left, we carry the complete MARCH trilogy, a graphic novel on the civil rights struggle,
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.
New London Harbor Lightreports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.
We continue our work to re-establish public access to this beloved local historic landmark.
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouseposts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.
FacebookNew London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about the lighthouse in our harbor. We've posted new videos this week.