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Yes, upper right, that's a new Ellery Thompson painting donated to NLMS this week.
(There's another one at the bottom of the page: Stonington Harbor.) 
January through April, the Custom House Maritime Museum is open
Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment 860-447-2501. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - February 18, 2018
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  
Historian 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.
coming right up...  
Saturday, February 24 
Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH!  
this Saturday, February 24, 10 AM. 
The Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London. It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.

The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies! The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.  Call 860-447-2501 with your questions or sign up online today at 
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London 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!

We hope to see you at the Custom House soon!  ■
February 28   
Attention: High school juniors & seniors 
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage 
Black Maritime History Scholarship 
entries are due February 28 
Find out more at  
Sunday, March 11 
Patrick Lynch talk & book signing 
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.   
$12, $10 NLMS members, $8 youth ages 10 to 18 
Tuesday, March 20

Jibboom Club 
Tuesday, March 20, 2 PM,
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!
Learn more HERE or make your donation online at
Thank you.
New London Maritime Society is looking for a couple of sponsors for a few special projects at the museum and lighthouses.
If you would like to help, please give Susan a call: 860-447-2501.  
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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 - Hidden Figures
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 Sch olarship
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. 

ook 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.

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 this beloved local historic landmark.

Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.        
Facebook New London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about   the lighthouse in our harbor.  We've posted new videos this week.
Left, library visitors on Thursday included Erin Petersen researching  Block Island's North Light.
Erin is a docent at the Lighthouse every summer.  

Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Facebook  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.

Below, a donation to NLMS this week: Stonington dock, by Ellery Thompson. 
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Your membership matters! Join NLMS today.
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
  Robinson + Cole                                   Docko                  Cross Sound Ferry
John Steffian, Jr.
& the
Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501