This eblast gives a peek behind the scenes at the Custom House.

In January, we received some terrific books and other items from Mr. and Mrs. Augustin Bourneuf. The books are ensconced in the library;  but the magnificent ship's wheel from Glouchester has   just   been mounted and soon will be part of the selfie section of the Kids Ahoy exhbition. Above,   Mason Blacker, top right, tries it out. It's a project of Andrew & Kevin Blacker with Steven Jones.
We've been asking for some weeks for a computer. Last week,  Ralph Belfiglio and o ur new friends at Astor Place (We Captivate, Educate, and Inform),  a video marketing company in the Harris Building, donated an excellent Apple laptop.

Sea Scouts Ship 584 worked cleaning both the inside and the grounds at Harbor Lighthouse Monday night.  The Scouts do a lot of great things.  They have an open house at Burrs Marina, New London, CT, this Monday evening 6 to 8 p.m. 
photo: Barbara Parsons

Work continues on the new briney bank garden. This week we finished the brick border and added both hellebores and sedum 'Marine'.
In the 1890s the New York City Municipal Arts Society delightfully declared, "To make us love our city, we must make our city lovely!" 
We're trying!


The Custom House Maritime Museum is open 
Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  May 5, 2019
New London Maritime Society - Local  Friendly  Authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites

Call to set up your custom tour of Harbor Light: 860-447-2501, or sign up online; we offer tours most Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Children must be age 7 or older -- except baby Landon, who visited with Cassidy on Saturday.
And the lighthouse is very clean!

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,   Bodenwein Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG

  New London Maritime Society - your local, independent, community museum.
When we write Love has no pride... 
it is a reference to what's coming up on May 13.
In December, the Custom House Maritime Museum was selected as the site of   the 2019 AIC RE-ORG Angels projectSince 1988, as part of its Annual Meeting, AIC (AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CONSERVATION) has worked with local conservators to develop an Angels Project. The primary goal of an Angels Project is to promote a broader understanding of the importance of cultural preservation while providing meaningful assistance to important local collections. Sites for past projects include the Naval Historical Center in Washington, D.C. and the American Alpine Club in Golden, Colorado.
Over the years, the Custom House collections room, above,  also   has become a place to stash excess items: unused exhibition cases, packing boxes, and non-collections pieces with no place else to go.  This semester, online student conservators have used collections data from the Custom House (objects lists and furniture dimensions) to create a new layout plan for our collections room. 
One of the reasons the museum was selected was that we have such variety in our collection including both the largest and smallest items of any museum that applied to the AIC. They also saw we needed some help.
On May 13, a team of 20 students and professors will work for a full day to reorganize that space. They'll also be replacing much of our furniture. Everything will be pulled out of the room, sorted beneath the tent, stored in acid-free tissue and boxes, and then put back together. 
It's a big job getting ready, but it will be well worth the trouble.

If you remember,
last fall our tent frame collapsed in a torrential downpour!
We will receive the replacement frame this week.
It is important that we have the tent up by Monday, May 13, for the Re-Org project.
We plan on putting up the new frame
next Saturday, May 11, 9 AM to noon.

We need your help! 
If you can pitch in for an hour or two, please send us an  email so we can keep you posted, should there be rain, etc. 
Tuesday,  May 21
JIBBOOM Club #1, with Jason D. Golden, Public Affairs Officer, US Dept of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Plum Island Animal Disease Center. 
May 21, Tuesday, 1:30 PM.

Questions about Plum Island? Jason Golden has been the public's liason with the island and the federal government for 5+ years. Jason will present an overview of the island lab's large animal disease prevention program and on the current status of the lab's move to Kansas. Join us for coffee, treats & a talk.
 Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund. FREE.
National Maritime Day is observed on May 22, the date in 1819 that the American steamship
 Savannah, under  New London Captain Moses Rogers , set sail from Savannah, Georgia on the first ever transoceanic voyage under steam power. This year marks the  200th anniversary of that event
Wednesday, May 22
There will be two different events to celebrate the anniversary
1.) Annual National Maritime Day Commemoration
Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at noon, at the  Mariners Monument at Fort Trumbull, in New London, CT;
2.) The ceremony will be followed by a  Chowder lunch at the Custom House, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at ~ 1PM,  with a presentation by historian John Laurence Busch This event is open to the public by donation.

We're raising funds to landscape Harbor Lighthouse.

Now that our lighthouse tours have started,  we'd like to be good neighbors and landscape Harbor Lighthouse We're looking for design help as well as financial support. 

Please donate today
Sign seen in Sausalito, CA .
Aren't you glad you waited!
Thanks to John Steffian, your Race Rock donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar!   Please support your local lighthouses!
We are working to fund an architectural survey of  Race Rock  Lighthouse.
Our architect -  Walter Sedovic Architects who worked on Block Island Southeast Light, Block Island North Light,  Faulkner's Island Lighthouse off Guilford, CT, and on the plan for Stepping Stones off of Great Neck, NY, is ready to get to work.
We still need to raise $2,000; 
Now your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar with a generous gift from John Steffian!

New London Maritime Society appreciates the support of our
Lighthouse Logos League businesses  
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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
We all should work together and   SHOP LOCAL! 

Make History
The Custom House is available for  private rentals. 
Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.   
Call Susan

Explore the World with the Museum Travel Alliance
New London Maritime Society is now part of the  Museum Travel Alliance (MTA) , a consortium of museums whose patrons and supporters are  passionate about cultural travel. 
MTA offers affiliated museums and cultural institutions access to a curated selection of travel opportunities led by renowned curators and scholars.

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Brian McCarthy brought in an Ellery Thompson painting to consider for the collection.
Docent Bill LaRoue gave Jennifer O'Donnell's the Shaping of New London class the tour last week. Here he is telling the Amistad story.

New in the MUSEUM SHOP, maritime prints on wood.

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  • Nine years ago , the Thames Garden Club planted periwinkle at Harbor Light.
     The original Fresnel lens from NL Ledge Light is at the Custom House.
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