We had a rollicking time at the Custom House this week, with eight third-grade classes visiting from Nathan Hale & Jennings Schools. 
We had classes going on all three floors of the Custom House. 
NLMS educator & program director  Jody Barthel explained about the harbor's geography and our local lighthouses on the main floor.

Author/naturalist/poet  Mark Seth Lender   taught in the lower-level Chester Room. But before students got back on the bus, Mark  and the  students pledged to be good humans and care for seagulls and all wild things. You'll remember Mark wrote the book  Smeagull the Seagull

Students saw the Kids Ahoy exhibition and learned how different parts of sailors' uniform originated. 

NLMS educator and program director Jody Barthel explained about the sailor's dixie cup hat, p-coat, bell bottoms,  blue & white striped shirt, and neckerchief.

NLMS director  Susan 
Tamulevich  was upstairs , where students learned about the Amistad and slavery. Students later dressed up for pictures.

We'll have four more classes next week!

The museum now is open 
Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 
What's Up at the Custom House  -  March 3, 2019
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,   Bodenwein Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG

  New London Maritime Society - your local, independent, community museum.
it's March!
  Come'on, let's take a  SEAL WATCH!  
Saturday, March 9, 10 AM 

The  Black Hawk  is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London.  It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours  round-trip     next Saturday, March 9,   and a fund raiser for NLMS.

Have you seen the hundreds of seals that live just off our shore?

The seals are Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies!  

The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.

Sign up online today or c all 860-447-2501 with your questions.
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum  at 150 Bank Street, New London. 
The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.
The seal photos  were taken by a guest on our 2017 seal trip with the  Black Hawk.

Now on view

Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitcher y
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.

Come learn how to make your own 'woolie' embroidered picture in the style of Victorian sailors!

Each participant will complete their very own embroidered creation. The cost is $35 per person, $30 for NLMS members, $20 for youth (teens), and includes all necessary supplies for the workshop. Classes meet on two Sa turdays, March 23 and 30, from 11 AM to 1 PM. 
No experience necessary.  
Register HERE.

Did you know, doing embroidery may be good for your health.
You built it.  You own it.
And now, after five years, you can again visit inside Harbor Light -- the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound.  
Email or call 860-447-2501 to arrange for a tour. We'll take groups of up-to-five people inside the lighthouse and up into the lantern. 
Harbor Light is just a short drive  from the Custom House.  $30 adults, $25 members, $15 youth to age 18.  
Right now, we are trying to raise $5,200 to fund an architectural survey of Race Rock Lighthouse. We are trying to match a donor's gift of $5,500 and already have raised $300. 

We've all seen how far $50 contributions can go. Please help!

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! 

Make History
The Custom House is available for     private rentals. 

Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.

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VISIT our 
Sea Scout Ship 584  @ Custom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT
Monday March 4, 6-8 pm
Or Saturday March 9, 1 to 3 pm
Get onboard  Text/Call 860-629- 8708
Welcome to Sea Scouts, a youth program that combines fun with the adventure of boating and the intrigue of maritime tradition.
Sea Scouts is a coed program offered by the Boy Scouts of America to young adults 14 years (or 13 years and completed the eighth grade) through age 21. Sea Scouts love boats and the water, learn sailor's skills, work together as a team, set and achieve personal goals - and they have fun doing it. Also wanted are adults who like to make our Community at better place - teach youth boat operation and maintenance.

Facebook  New London Maritime Society  to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation.

Nothing is more important to NLMS than the Historic Sites and Landmarks program we run in partnership with New London Public Schools. 
We thank educator Jody Barthel for creating a terrific itinerary for all of New London's third graders. 
This is our fifth year with this program and the ninth working with Jody, who also ran our 'Lighthouse Kids' classes, when she was in charge of the NLPS's gifted & talented program for NL 4th & 5th graders. In fact, the sailor outfits we're using originally  were  purchased  ten years ago for the 'Lighthouse Kids Sea Shanty Chorus'.

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We'd like to thank all of the generous volunteers who helped out this week: Mark Seth Lender,  Valerie Elaine Pettis,Veronica Hoard, Roger Riley,  Antonio Bustmanate, Henry Savin, and the parents who came to the Custom House with our classes. 

We love books, and especially books for young people!

The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
 offers all kinds of unique items.  MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases go towards supporting the museum, our exhibitions & educational programs.

We're always happy to see old friends at the Custom House. Last week, former NLMS trustee  and Custom House neighbor Tom Hahn came by with his daughter Paha


NLMS v olunteer Veronica Hoard ran last season's 'Toys for Tots' program. Turns out there were thousands of stuffed animals left over after the holidays. The extra toys were distributed to hospitals and shelters, and Veronica donated 300+ to NLMS for our third graders. 
This week, she got to hand them out!

Facebook  New Lon don Harbor Light    reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about  American lighthouse preservation.  

You may email or call the Custom House at 860-447-2501 to arrange for tours of New London Harbor Light. We'll take groups of up-to-five people inside the lighthouse up into the lantern. 
Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest n ews about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  
Facebook the   Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts. 

Facebook Race Rock Lighthouse to help raise funds for Race Rock's  a rchitectural survey. 

 is readying 
a float for the  
NL St. Patrick's Day  parade, Sunday, March 17!  
If you attend the Jibboom Club and would like to march in costume in the parade, contact
We'll tall you everything you need to know.
  Have a Sparkling Day!  
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Thank you for 35 years of support of New London Maritime Society!
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