Above, You might not be able to tell from the outside, but behind the scenes, things are hottening up at the Custom House. Our plasterers are at the point where the last coat of paint will be applied to the stairwell walls on Monday. Here, top right, Livvie paints the final coat on the ceiling last Friday.

The Sea Scouts have a solid record of helping out at Harbor Lighthouse. Ethan Kerr, left above,took part in a Spring clean-up two years ago. Now he's chosen working at Harbor Light as his Quartermaster project (similar to attaining Eagle Scout).

So nice to see Julian Penrose, above with map, at the museum last week. Julian is the nephew of Custom House founder and past-president Ben Martin, and he brought us three of Ben's bins of museum files along with several vintage prints and charts. This one, from 1848, is of New London Harbor.

You might remember that last week we received the gift of several Navy uniforms and plaques. They belonged to Tom Dibble, of Norwich, who was one of the corps (of only 300) of Navy Illustrators and Draftsmen, in the 1970s. Tom, himself, was a draftsman. The plaques he gave us were models used for when he had assignments. Tom's uniform soon will be on display at the Custom House.

Although we are not open regular hours due to Covid-19, and also to allow for major maintenance of the ceilings and roof, the museum and SHOP are now open by appointment.
Nimble Arts Circus is back today - Sunday, August 16 - with three free 30-minute performances on Parade Plaza at 4, 5, and 6 PM.
Three performances should allow for safe social distancing on the plaza steps. Come on, you don't want to miss it!

The City of New London is presenting the circus, Neff Productions is producing the show, & NL Maritime Society is, once again, its proud co-sponsor.
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And while you're downtown, pick up some Drunken Noodles to-go at Noodles & Rice Bistro. It's just across the street from the Custom House.
What's Up at the Custom House - August 16, 2020
Work continues on the roof.
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, DOCKO, the state of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, CT Humanities, City of New London & CDBG

It's SUMMER & we're giving tours to visit inside New London Harbor Lighthouse.

We meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room -- all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. The views at the top are spectacular!

The visit takes around 45 minutes.
Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks.

Tours for up-to four people at a time, or one small Covid pod of up-to four, may be arranged by emailing nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com.

Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to 18 years old.
We are working with the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, on Fishers Island, NY, this summer.
The Ferguson has a terrific series of lectures this summer, & NLMS is co-sponsoring five of them.

Still to come:

Sunday, August 30, 4 PM free

Illustrated Lecture on The Latest on Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast

The Block Island Wind Farm, the United States’ first and only offshore wind farm to date, began supplying renewable energy to Block Island and mainland Rhode Island in 2016. This five-turbine, nearshore project is likely to be only the first of many larger offshore wind farms to be developed further offshore in the waters off New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
Dr. Tiffany Smythe, professor of maritime policy at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will provide an update on offshore wind development throughout the region and share highlights of her research on the political and social dimensions of offshore wind farms.

This virtual Talk is co-sponsored by Custom House Maritime Museum (New London, Conn.).

Advance registration required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Below: details, 1848 chart of New London Harbor. gift of Julian Penrose
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NLMS wishes City Historian Sally Ryan
a happy 9-0!

Librarian Brian Rogers has updated the online exhibition Rob Pittaway's Half-Hulls: The Modeling Process Described by adding photos of some of Rob's own models. See this and other online shows here.

NLMS vice-president & super Harbor Light tour-giver, Christina Corcoran stopped in the SHOP .

The MUSEUM SHOP is open by appointment and special Open Hours -- like this Monday between 10 and 2 -- check on Facebook.
Women's Fight for the Vote: Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment
On August 17, 2020, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and Twitter will present a live virtual event commemorating 100 years of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote. The event, titled “Women's Fight for the Vote: Celebrating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment,” will feature a conversation between former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote. The discussion between Secretary Clinton and Ms. Weiss on August 17 will be moderated by Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and both the first woman and first African American to lead the national library of the United States. Americans across the country can commemorate the centennial by tuning in for the free livestreamed event on Twitter on August 17 at 12 p.m. ET. Save Your Seat

The Connecticut Historical Society museum, in Hartford, will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 18, and be free of charge through the end of the month. Three newly installed, temporary exhibitions will be on view, including: A Vote of Her Own: The Long Fight for Woman Suffrage.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women's constitutional right to vote, buildings and landmarks across the country will light up in purple and gold on August 26, 2020 as part of the nationwide Forward Into the Light Campaign, named in honor of the historic suffrage slogan, "Forward through the Darkness, Forward into the Light."
We just pledged to #CreateTheVoteCT because CT needs the arts now more than ever! Visit CTArtsAlliance.org/CreateTheVote to join.
Keep watch on New London's waterfront 24/7 with our NL HarborCam.
We've had over 983,200 views since the camera was installed just one year ago!
Here is a photo of a passing storm from Aug 08, 2020 at 6:01 AM Temp: 67°F, RH: 84.40%, Dew Point: 62 °F

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Below, work continues on the gutters.
Below, painting in the main hall on Friday.
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