What's Up at the Custom House - May 5, 2019
New London Maritime Society
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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 - your local, independent, community museum.
When we write Love has no pride...
it is a reference to what's coming up on
In December, the Custom House Maritime Museum was selected as the site of
the 2019 AIC RE-ORG Angels project. Since 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,
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
so we can keep you posted, should there be rain, etc.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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.
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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.
April showers bring May flowers.
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New London Maritime Society
Thank you for 35 years of support of New London Maritime Society!
New London Maritime Society | 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 |
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment |