Photo, above: Will Christina & the Jibboom float be ready on time?

See for yourself at New London's St. Patrick's Day Parade - it commences at 12 noon today!

What's Up at the Custom House

March 12, 2023

Wed., 1-5 PM, Thurs. 1 to 5 PM, Fri., 1 to 5 PM, Sat. 1 0 AM to 5 PM Sun. 1-5.

See you at NOON at the

St. Patrick's Day Parade!

March with us or

just come downtown and watch!

Photo, above right: a shamrock ornament in the Shop. Photo, above left:The 2022 Whale Boat float!

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We thank all our sponsors - ARPA - Bodenwein Foundation - Astor Place - Chelsea Groton Foundation - Community Foundation of Eastern CT - CT Humanities - CT Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts - Eleven+ - Frank Loomis Palmer Fund - Maco Family Fund - New London Cultural District - Robinson+Cole - State of CT - SVOG U.S. Small Business Administration - Veolia / NL Water Authority.

Frederick Douglass: Advocate for Equality

a traveling exhibition at the Custom House, now on view.

Closing Sunday, March 12.

Saturdays & Sundays at 11:45 or by appointment.

Visit Inside New London Harbor Lighthouse!  

We give tours year-round!

Harbor Light visits take 40 minutes. Book one for up-to five people: click to sign up online, or email to schedule a tour during the week. Tickets are $35, $30 for NLMS members, $25 youth through age 18. Sign up today!

Photo: Visitors to Harbor Light. Estlin Davies-Smith.

Tuesday, 21 March, 1:30 PM


At our season's first Jibboom Jonathan Waters & Emilie Waters Harris, of Thimble Island Shellfish Inc, Stony Creek, CT, will present a talk on the past, present, and future of oystering in Connecticut.

Jonathan Waters resurrected the oyster beds in the Thimble Islands in the early eighties, on the old Elijah Ball grounds, continuing an historic enterprise that had been operating since the 1700s. Jonathan, and his daughter Emilie, represent the cross over of traditional oyster cultivation to contemporary methods of cage culture of the present day. The talk will be an informal discussion of the history of these methods and the oyster industry and the present technologies at use today. We will also look to the future of shellfish farming. Included in the talk will be how the boats evolved with the developments in fishing, and aquaculture technologies from the 1700s to the present.

Jibboom Club #1 meets the third Tuesday of the month with a speaker, good fellowship, and coffee. It's fun. Please come and bring a friend.

Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund.

March 26, 6-9 PM

Open Mic at the Museum

 Open Mic meets from 6-9 PM on the last Sunday of the month at the beautiful Custom House Maritime Museum.

Hosted by the very talented Doc Frasier, we welcome musicians, poets, story tellers, and friends who want to be inspired. We never know what to expect but it is always totally awesome! Come to perform or to listen! This is a great event for all ages. Admission by donation.

Photos, above: Open Mic at the Museum.

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Photo, above: Sunrise one week ago - on the NL HarborCam. Remember: there's Daylight Savings today -- we spring ahead one hour.

This week at the Custom House...

Subtle signs of Spring are detectable along Bank Street and at the Custom House. We've planted the flowerpots (always done before St Patrick's Day), crocus are up alongside the museum. The mayor called in downtown businesses & nonprofits for a briefing on Wednesday. What's up? New sidewalks planned for Bank Street, brighter light bulbs on State, a few new benches, there will be trees set out in movable pots(!). But no landscaping, and that's a real shame.

The City might try a HighLine-type treatment somewhere downtown. It's a hard city center: all concrete and asphalt - with little green space and very few street trees. Waterfront Park would be a spectacular location for soft plantings, creative seating, and local food vendors. A holistic approach, a setting that encourages social interactions & spontaneous happenings -- not just spotty special events -- could turn things around. Landscaping would go a long way towards making the park more welcoming and friendly, year-round.

That the artist Wyland will be here at the end of the month to redo his Whale mural on Eugene O'Neil Drive is reason to celebrate! We thank the City and the New London Cultural District for that. Hope you've received your newsletter in the mail -- mine arrived on Monday. See you at the parade!

-- Susan Tamulevich

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Project Oceanology received funding to host a Project Rain Barrel workshop and NLMS took part. Photo, above: We thank Marissa Gustafson for providing materials for two rain barrels for the Custom House! Now we just need a dedicated volunteer to get them installed.

  • View Online Exhibitions of New London Maritime History from the Custom House Maritime Museum's Frank L. McGuire Library.

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  • We're on Instagram! @nlmaritime.

Photo, below: the 30%-off everything for everyone SALE continues in the museum gift SHOP!

The CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM is open 1 to 5 PM Wed., Thurs. & Fri., 10 AM to 5 PM Sat., & 1 to 5 PM Sunday. .

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