Above,  it's SPRING!  
On Saturday, USCG cadets Chris, Jacob, and Alice began pruning & raking the courtyard into shape.

Today -- Sunday --  Save Plum Island's Chris Cryder gives an update on preservation efforts . Watch a short documentary starring Sam Waterson about the campaign to save Plum Island. John Sargent gives an artist's tour of his paintings.

It starts at 2 PM at the Custom House. Admission by donation. 

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  - March 26, 2017
NLMS -- nicely nautical.
Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH! 
Wednesday, April 12, at 10 AM.     
The Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London. It's a fund raiser for NLMS.

The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home.

Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies!
It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours round-trip.
We'll provide complete details next week.

Save the Date! 
Our Seal Watch takes place during school break week, Wednesday, April 12, at 10 AM.   

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.  The boat leaves from Niantic. Sign up online today: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2907476

Attendees also receive free admission to the Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London - nlmaritimesociety.org

Jibboom Club #1 - a great start to the Season! 
We thank  Byron Huart for sharing his passion for ships and giving an artist's tour of his photo exhibition at the March Jibboom Club GAM.  
Save the date: the April GAM will be Tuesday, the 18th. 
Make History
You can rent the Custom House

With our impressive architecture, tented courtyard and downtown waterside location, we are a venue unlike any other in New London.

Offering a number of adaptable spaces and nearby parking, the Custom House Maritime Museum provides the ideal setting for any party, corporate event, or private occasion.   
To get more information on renting a space within the Museum, please contact Susan, who will be more than happy to discuss your ideas:  860-447-2501.
We can provide catering & logistics help, too.  
NB: per the fire marshal, our total capacity is 49. 
Spaces for hire include the intimate accessible Jibboom Room, large Crawford Gallery above, or outdoor Tented Courtyard.  
Rental Information
What's NEW in the MUSEUM SHOP 
Visiting friends? We've got some fun, new host / hostess gifts.     

New this week, beautiful big soap on a rope: red koi from Japan. $30.

From Germany, a set of puzzle coasters and a small wooden boat.  $6.

See you at the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP!
Open 1 to 5 PM Thursday through Sunday. 

Plum Island

paintings by John Sargent
  are now on view at the Custom House through March 26, 2017.
Ask to watch the new CPB video about Plum Island, playing in the gallery. 

Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m., artist John Sargent will talk about his work and Chris Cryder, of Save the Sound, will speak about legal issues related to the possible sale of Plum Island -- at the Custom House. Admission is by donation.
Clink on underlined words - hot links - to learn more  

We have openings for docents at the Custom House.
Would you be able to help on Thursdays or Fridays between 1 and 5 PM?  
If you are friendly, enjoy history, and like interacting with visitors, then being a docent is a good fit for you.
email Linda to find out more.

Roger Clements has been busy creating do-it-yourself models of beloved local landmarks. He's already done the Custom House, City Hall, and Nathan Hale School House. His kits are for sale at the MUSEUM SHOP.
Commission Roger to create a paper model of your favorite landmark. Just email HERE to find out more.

We cannot do it without you! No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving & promoting New London's maritime heritage.   
Click here to make a donation to New London Maritime Society.
(Please click on the 'Donate' icon to give on our museum home page.)
Your donations w ork  every day to preserve our maritime stories.  
Cust om 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 and exhibitions worldwide.

We've rehung our collection of Ellery Thompson paintings, salon style, right.  

, Several architects examined the custom house Tuesday -- they're considering their response to our RFP to replace the custom house roof.
The architectural study / drawings will be funded by two years of CDBG awards plus a matching grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

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

Go to facebook Long Island Sound Lighthouses Gateway to learn more about lighthouse happenings in the region.

Find your lighthouse
is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news. It's updated daily.

Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to s ee what's new. The MUSEUM SHOP is open Thursday through Sunday, between 1 and 5 PM, or by appointment. Right, three sizes of copper whale cookie cutters in their own bag. 
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.  

Facebook  Sentinels on the Sound gives advance notice of our Summer activities -- we've already listed our first lighthouse boat tours!
Facebook  Lighthouse Inn New London to keep up with Mr. Christie's developments towards reopening the Inn.
We'll be working together to create an exhibition about the Inn and Meadow Court this summer. Have you an image or story to contribute?

Below, we've been researching New London Harbor Light...

Have a sparkling day!

Your membership matters! Join NLMS today.  
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