We love this time of year!  
On Thursday students visited from the  Solomon Schechter Academy. Students found out how you walk on the sea floor , upper right above, --with  deep-sea diver shoes that weigh 20 pounds, apiece! 
Visit our MUSEUM SHOP after work
til 7 PM for HOLIDAY SHOPPING on Thursdays & Fridays.  
We're also open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5, with store discounts and special offers. Feel good about your shopping - the profits from every sale support the educational mission of the Custom House.
  Our annual HOLIDAY PARTY is Tuesday, December 18, from 4-6 o'clock.  
 NB: We're starting a little later  -- at 4pm so  our working volunteers may attend! 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  December 2, 2018
New London Maritime Society - Local  Friendly  Authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, Matt Lynch Water Transit
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund,   Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut  
Veolia Water,   Bodenwien Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG
Welcome to the Sailor Shop 
  Above, Pirates, mermaids and whales - they're rattles & they come in a ship!  
Visit the Custom House for your HOLIDAY SHOPPING!
Sailors & pirates -- the Kid's Ahoy Sailor Shop has new and vintage items.    
The MUSEUM SHOP is open Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5 PM,
until 7 PM  Thursday & Friday evenings through December 21.
Everyone gets 10% off in December!
NLMS members receive a 20% discount. Above, temporary tattoos. 
If you haven't been in lately, you haven't seen the SHOP!  
I f you like mysterious murky underwater investigations, with a good dose of history and lore, you'll love our new art book, Square Octagon Circle, by Ellie Ga, about the real-life search for one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the lighthouse or pharos of Alexandria. We have three copies in the MUSEUM SHOP! It's the perfect wintertime book for those intrigued by underwater exploration or the lighthouse lover who has everything. 
We're having a
For 17 more days, only, buy a ticket for $5, (or 4 for $15), for a chance to win this hand-embellished quilt of eastern Long Island Sound and our three lighthouses!   
Tickets are available in the SHOP!   The drawing is Wednesday, December 19.    
You may purchase tickets over the phone with a credit card.  Call 860-447-2501 during regular business hours.  
Thanks to Christina Corcoran, who beautifully embroidered the 3 lighthouses. 
Now on view at the Custom House
Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitchery
The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection
Victorian Woolies: Sailors Stitchery and Other Pastimes', now on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum, celebrates a recent gift of 32 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries,   
from Charles B. Moss, Jr. 
Last week Don Presley brought in a new addition for our woolie collection. You can see, above, that it's a piece very similar to one we have on display -- the dates overlap.    

New London Maritime Society appreciates the support of our
Lighthouse Logos League businesses  
Please click on the logos to learn more.
Our Lighthouse Logo League is a way for local businesses to reach the 1,100+ shoreline readers per week who reliably read this blast, while supporting NLMS.   Want to join? Email Susan at nlmaritimedirector.com.
We all should work together and   SHOP LOCAL! 
~ L ocal  Friendly  Authentic ~
We are your community maritime museum.
Thirty-five years ago, New London preservationists established the New London Maritime Society to create a home for local maritime history at the Custom House. NLMS now operates the Custom House Maritime Museum & Library, educates New London's 300 third graders with a year-long local history program, and preserves the three major  lighthouses leading into this  historic port.  
In 2018, New London's US Custom House turned 185 years old. We are working to establish an endowment so that we can continue telling the stories of our waterfront for generations to come. 
We need & appreciate every gift; but in honor of the custom house's 185th birthday, the first 100 people to donate $185 or more to our Endowment Fund will receive this denim bag as a symbol of New London Maritime Society and its role in the community.    
Alice Houston and Arthur Higbee were the very first to make a $185 endowment donation! Won't you join them?   
 Please DONATE.   
Questions about donating? Why not g ive Susan a call: 860-447-2501, or 203-444-2884 
New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT  06320   
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REMEMBER: the Custom House is a Toys for Tots collection location. Bring your unwrapped gifts in through December 18.
next Saturday evening  
New London Community Orchestra 
Benefit Concert
With Music City Strings youth players
December 8, 7:30 pm
Evans Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London
Concert for Music City Strings free violin lessons program at the Public Library of New London.
Program includes:
"London" Symphony No. 104 by Franz J. Haydn
"Polonaise" from Eugene Onegin by Pyotr I.Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker Dances by Pyotr I.Tchaikovsky
A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi
(With Music City Strings Youth Players)
The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
(Music City Strings Youth Players)
next Sunday morning 
Run for a Claus goes right down Bank Street next Sunday, December 9, at 10:30 AM. Sign up today, or just come and watch the spectacle! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Covenant Shelter of New London, an emergency shelter for families in need.    
Above, New Haven's Peabody Museum is getting an overhaul and recently put several of its display items up for auction. We could not afford the 50 used folding chairs (which we really could use for outdoors beneath the tent), but we did get a cabinet and a base/stand which we'll use for a shop model. Thanks to trustee Rob Groves, who picked the items up for us and delivered them to the museum on Friday. Here he is with docents Bill and Jerry.   
The Sailor Doll from Eastern Connecticut's Nutcracker ballet stopped by the Custom House last weekend.She was part of a full afternoon for Museum Store Sunday -- with an author talk, our visiting sailor doll, and special offers in the SHOP. 
Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation.     
Here's our new deep-sea diver ornament in the MUSEUM SHOP! 
Custom House Maritime Museum   is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, as well as with news of interest about museums world-wide.    
The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP  offers all kinds of unique gifts -- and many wonderful books!
MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum, exhibitions, & educational programs.   
New London Ledge Light  reports the latest n
ews about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  This is where we post the latest info about our fun-sized lighthouse tours.   
We've got some beautiful, refillable leather journals in the MUSEUM SHOP. 
Facebook the  Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts.
Facebook New Lon don Harbor Light   reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about  American lighthouse preservation.
Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tou rism and preservation efforts.  Right. Race Rock Lighthouse. 
Yes, That's Mr. Montenegro back up on the roof finishing up before winter sets in. There were three spots on the roof-top gutters to patch. That done, with the new interior (attic) gutters repaired earlier this fall, the roof should be sound for another season and the interior dry for the first time in decades! 

Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  Here's the Lighthouse Inn rose garden this week.  
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound  posts special events, boat tours, and dates to watch.
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway
to learn news of other area  lighthouses.     
Valerie Pettis and Mark Seth Lender gave a lively presentation of the saga of Smeagull the Seagull last Sunday.  We've got signed copies of this delightful tale in the SHOP. 
Below, up went the bows in downtown New London last week...  
The Eastern Connecticut Ballet gives its classic Nutcracker a fresh spin this December with spectacular new scenery that celebrates SE Connecticut's seafaring past. Below, here is a 2nd new curtain design for The Nutcracker - a scene of the world's lighthouses . See it all Saturday, December 8th at 1:30pm and 7:00pm and Sunday December 9th at 1:30pm  at the Garde Theater.  Box Office: 860-444-7373 x1.  
It's rumored that a special guest will appear in the party scene...
 Have a Sparkling Day.
Thank you for 35 years of support of New London Maritime Society!
  Your membership provides annual operating funds for our Museum & Lighthouses.
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501
nl maritimesociety.org
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment | 860-447-2501