These are exciting times at the Herreshoff Marine Museum. With Giving Tuesday only a week away, we ask you to join the movement by donating to the Year-End Appeal. Thanks to the support of generous donors like you, we've been able to make solid and measurable progress on a number of fronts this year:

Exhibits:   In celebration of her 125th anniversary, WEE WINN, a 23-foot fin-keeled sloop designed by Nat Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1892 for Miss Winifred Sutton, has been refurbished and is on display. Miss Sutton won 22 of the 23 races on the Solent that summer, and HMM is planning to dedicate an annual award in her name honoring significant achievements by women sailors. When the exhibit is complete, it will tell the story of several prominent women sailors and their achievements, including sailing in the America's Cup.
   Work is underway on a steam-powered vessel exhibit that will celebrate the early years of HMCo during which the company produced fast motor launches and other powered vessels, including the first torpedo boats for the US Navy.  The company's expertise in lightweight construction and innovative steam engines enabled them to set many speed records, and led to a long history of association with the Navy.
   These are examples of the ways in which we're enriching the educational content of our exhibits.  It's often been said that HMCo was the Google of its time, and one of our goals is to demonstrate the relevance of HMCo's approach to design and manufacturing to issues faced by today's fast-moving companies.

Education and Sailing School
: This summer, 188 youth sailors from Bristol and the surrounding towns took part in our Seamanship Program, the most we've ever had. Thanks to our donor- funded scholarship program, it was possible to include children who otherwise could not learn to sail. Many of the scholarship students come from inner-city Providence, and it's been terrific to see how mastering the challenges of sailing in a totally unfamiliar environment has given them new confidence in themselves.
   We've expanded our youth programming with the formation of the HMM STEM Academy through which we teach principles of math and physics using real-world problems encountered in sailing, and in interactive programs in the boat shop and the museum.

Waterfront:   We continue to upgrade our waterfront for visiting yachts as well as improve the experience for event attendees. If you have visited us recently, you will have seen a more colorful waterfront than in the past. As you read this, we will be wrapping up a resurfacing project made possible by a grant from the Champlin Foundations.

Lecture Series: Our popular lecture series has now expanded to include the summer months. Topics have ranged from yacht design to tugboats to the great Halifax explosion during WWI.  We also streamed the America's Cup live on the big screen in the Hall of Boats and invited members to come cheer on their favorite team!

These activities require funding, and we cannot possibly succeed without the support of donors like you.  We rely on you to make all this happen.

Last year, thanks to our donors, we met our goal for the year-end appeal. Please help us to reach this year's goal of $125,000. Please also check if your employer offers a matching fund as this is a way to effectively double your donation.

Sincerely yours,

Bill Lynn
Executive Director
Elisabeth Lavers
Director of Development
Full STEAM Ahead 
The Herreshoff S.T.E.A.M. Program provides adventurous students in Grade 5 and up with hands-on, interactive educational experiences unlike any other.  Our curriculum is built around three key subject areas - sailing, science and seamanship - and it is designed to engender curiosity, creativity, confidence and self-reliance.
We teach seamanship because we believe it is a disappearing "art".  In seeking to engage students in sailing and to spark an interest in the science that lies behind it, we hope they will become lifelong sailors. Our goal is to create confident, self-reliant kids who can solve problems.
Photo by Bob Baglini
We've long felt that our replica of the first racing cat AMARYLLIS (1876) deserved to be more prominently displayed (after all, we are a museum about engineering and innovation!), so we got her down from the rafters and gave her a much-needed cleaning.  While she was on the ground, we decided to rig her up.  We learned a lot about how her sail plan was designed - information we can use to improve the exhibit now that she is more prominently displayed in the Hall of Boats.
This year, we welcomed Panerai as the new Presenting Sponsor of our regatta, and they helped us take the event's onshore program to a whole new level.  A crowd of both competitors and locals enjoyed Sam Adams beer, Santa Margherita wine and Dark 'n Stormies at Thursday evening's Living Boat Show, and the racing on Friday lived up to our usual high standards.  Friday night's Lobster Bake and prize giving raised the bar even higher for next year with over 230 attendees!
It's been a year of new highs here at HMM.  Record turnout for the Frostbite Bash in February raised the bar for the monthly Lecture Series which also delivered a new high in attendance.  Special member events included a day sail on ELEONORA and an exclusive tour of the Naval War College Museum.  We continue to seek ways for HMM to offer more value to our members and connect with members through compelling programming.
Congratulations to Emirates Team New Zealand, the underdogs from down under!  We streamed the racing in Bermuda live on the big screen in the Hall of Boats, and while it was a mostly American crowd, the rooting interest seemed to be split almost evenly between OTUSA and ETNZ.  While we have nothing against cats (after all, they were invented here!), it seems like many are in favor of a return to monohulls, and we're looking forward to seeing what the new platform looks like! 
In celebration of her 125th anniversary, WEE WINN, a 23-foot fin-keeled sloop designed by Nat Herreshoff and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company in 1892 for Miss Winifred Sutton, has been refurbished and is on display.
July 3rd was a momentous day here at HMM for more than one reason, as it was the day the 138' schooner MARIETTE (HMCo #772 - 1915) arrived to complete the set of awesome schooners at the HMM dock.  They joined seasonal residents EROS, a 115' staysail schooner built in 1939 at Brooks Motor Craft, and ELEONORA, the 162' replica of WESTWARD (HMCo #692 - 1909) to 
create one of the more spectacular backdrops for Bristol's annual 4th of July Parade! Additionally, HMM hosted two sold out events to celebrate Independence Day.

In 2016, Evelyn Ansel joined HMM to begin the process of digitizing our collection for preservation and research, and so that we can increase access via the web.  Part of this process involves crawling around with a camera in small spaces inside boats, but that's where Evelyn was raised (daughter and grand-daughter of Mystic shipwrights), so she's pretty happy there!  She's been getting some fantastic shots and you can see them on the HMM Instagram feed.

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