Thaler's into it!
He started the Landscaping at Harbor Lighthouse last week.

Thanks to a grant from the State of Connecticut, we commenced masonry work at New London Harbor Light Wednesday. We'll keep you posted on all developments!
Sunday, November 28
OpenMic at the Museum
next Sunday, 6-9 PM

Our monthly OpenMic welcomes performers of all kinds. Share your original music, poetry, prose, stand-up, or just say what is on your mind.

Bring your bongos. Perform, join in, or just enjoy. Admission by donation.

What's Up
at the
Custom House
November 21, 2021


Hear Claudia Kenyon's Tales of the Local Waterfront - Part 1
In her Jibboom presentation Claudia tells about her uncle Louie, who built the Gull.
Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP
OPEN: Wednesday - Sunday, 1-5
& Saturday mornings from 10 AM.

  • Museum visits are FREE for NL students & their families!


Photo, Praveenkumar Thangaraj, a technical whiz & new volunteer, is helping us with some knotty computer problems. His first success: putting Claudia's Jibboom talk, Part I, online.

We thank our Supporters & Sponsors
Anonymous, Christina Corcoran, Nick Korstad, The Maco 
Family Fund, Dominion Foundation, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, SVOG, & CDBG.
Saturday mornings, or by appointment

Visit inside New London Harbor Pequot Lighthouse
LIS's oldest & tallest lighthouse.
Registration is now online.
Take the tour. The views from the top are spectacular! 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, the oldest and the tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound. A fourth-order Fresnel lens, installed in 1857, remains in the lantern today. Photo, Christina Corcoran.
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone must be vaccinated. We all use hand sanitizer and wear masks. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.

Dates available online through November.
Custom lighthouse tours may be scheduled any time, call 203-444-2884.
Wednesday, December 1, 6:30 PM
CUSTOM HOUSE SOIREES
On December 1, singer Lisa Marien and jazz guitarist Bill 'Fox' Mills return to the Custom House for our last Soirée this year. At November's Soiree, Dianne Mower made a special surprise appearance.

Her voice soothes, excites, invites, and delights. Lisa Marien has this thing, this jazz vibe with beautiful phrasing and such great feel. It’s a cross between Sarah Vaughan and Anita Baker, but she is her own person and has her own sound. I’m sure you will agree, her voice will make your ears smile. — Norman Johnson, recording artist and engineer

Our Soirées are the perfect way to top off an evening, with COVID-safe cabaret seating, Prosecco, cider, and lovely desserts. You'll love it!
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The NLMS Local History & Landmarks Program is off to a great start in our second year of virtual field trips with the New London third graders. 
Nathan Hale, Harbor, and Winthrop schools are all participating for a total of 10 classrooms. Our virtual lessons take the students to various New London Landmarks as we learn the history of New London. The lessons are divided chronologically.
We are now giving lessons to ten third grade classrooms per week for a total of six weeks. 

The teachers appreciate the program as we provide the packets and video for each lesson ahead of time. The packets include a Student Worksheet, Teacher Overview, and an art assignment. The students' artwork will be displayed at the Maritime Museum at the end of the program. We have created a video for each lesson that the students watch as we complete the worksheet together. 

We have received very positive feedback from the teachers who have described the material as a valuable resource for the students. Several of the teachers have provided binders for the students to save their worksheets in and to bring home to share with their parents.  

A teacher at Harbor school was pleased with the types of questions on the worksheets, as they coincide with questions on the Standardized Test that the students will be taking later on in the year. All of the lessons are built around CT Common Core Guidelines for Grade Three Social Studies. 

Throughout the 45 minutes virtual field trips, the students are engaged and excited. There is something for everyone to connect with in our interactive lessons.
-- Christina Corcoran, NL Local History & Landmarks educator

Photo, a Nathan Hale student and her mom visited with Christina at the museum Saturday.
wrapping papers
butterfly trays
The SHOP has terrific selections of books on maritime topics, local history, freedom issues, lighthouses, & for kids.
We've got toys, too.


Wine Tasting at the Lighthouse Inn, & Online Auction - Date TBD.
Our relaunch of New London’s newly renovated Inn is still on hold. A shortage
of workmen and subsequent delays with permitting means our event is still some time off. We will keep you posted!
Keep an eye on the harbor 24/7 with our New London HarborCam.
We've had 2.4 million+ views since July, 2019! Above, Daybreak Saturday.
Image from Nov 20, 2021 at 6:57 AM Temp: 27F, RH: 89%, Dew Point: 24F, Sky: Clear, Wind: 0mph N




  • Facebook the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP for gifts with an extra feel good factor -- when you shop with us your purchases support our exhibitions, & educational programs. We'll be reopening soon.



NLMS congratulates trustee Ed Uditis on receiving the 2021 Nick Icorn Diving Heritage Award.
Below, Harbor Lighthouse last week, as seen from Pequot Avenue.


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Thankful, hopeful, with gratitude.

150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 | 860-447-2501

The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wed.-Sun., 1-5 PM, Sat. from 10 AM. 860-447-2501