What's Up at the Custom House - August 26, 2018
New London Maritime Society
- telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
What's Up in August & September?
Four Saturdays - Sept. 8--29, 1 to 2.5 PM.
How to be a Cartoonist
Taught by kids' book illustrator / cartoonist Jon Buller,
at the Custom House Maritime Museum. All materials included. Fee: $60.
Sunday, September 9, 4 PM.
Illustrated Talk - Benefit:
Tugboats, Steamships & Trains, from New York to Maine
Artist-historian Steve Cryan presents an
illustrated talk: Tugboats, Steamboats and Trains (and a few lighthouses), from New York to Maine -- all the things that Steve loves best! The event benefits New London Maritime Society. $20, $18 members, $6 youth. Register at:
Steve Cryan is a watercolor artist, illustrator, model maker, and photographer. He has curated the holiday train show at the Connecticut River Museum for 25 years. The official artist for the Thames Tow Boat Company, Steve also gives their lighthouse tours.
Thursday, September 13.
Talk & Tour:
Fishers Island and the Ferguson Museum
with Pierce Rafferty
Join our excursion to Fishers Island to view the new Photographers of Fishers Island, Part Two, 1940s to Date exhibition, curated by Pierce Rafferty, at the Henry L.Ferguson Museum. A light lunch is provided. We're taking the Fishers Island Ferry from New London.
Trip is limited to 12 attendees. $65, $60 members.
Left, A view of Race Rock from the island.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 pm.
FREE. Space is limited. Register brownpapertickets.com/event/3371977 or call 860-447-2501.
Book Talk & Signing:
Black Flags, Blue Waters - The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
with Eric Jay Dolan.
Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's 'Golden Age'-spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s-when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond.
We will have books to sell.
Dolin has penned masterly histories of North American whaling (Leviathan), lighthouses (Brilliant Beacons), and now piracy. . . . VERDICT A colorful and well-researched study of piracy's glory days, rooted in historical context. Sure to appeal to pirate enthusiasts as well as serious researchers. --Library Journal
Intriguing history of piracy's heyday . . . Dolin
helpfully dismisses some of the more potent pirate myths. . . . [and offers]
an informative . . . entertaining blend of narrative history and analysis that should appeal to a general audience. -- Kirkus Reviews
We thank Veolia / New London Water Authority for their support of our summer programs!
Bully for Woolies: Victorian Sailors Stitchery
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 22 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries, from
Charles B. Moss, Jr.
We have extended our exhibition through the summer!
Above, a piece from
The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection, New London Maritime Society.
This exhibition celebrates a donation of tugboat models and paintings to NLMS from collector Steve Martin. Artists also contributing to the exhibition include Reynolds Beal, Tim Cook, Steve Cryan, Paul Farrell, Hardie Gramatky, Dana Jensen, Marek Sarba, and Sean Elliot.
There is a related exhibition of archival materials, news clippings and tugboat books in the museum's Frank L. McGuire Maritime research Library. The image, ca. 1910, above, is from the Thames Tow Boat Collection at New London Maritime Society.
fun-sized boat trips (just six passengers) to
inside Ledge Lighthouse
Did you see? We made Jim Altman's
CT Bucket List:
sign up online at least 12 hours in advance.
August's Sunset and Full-Moon lighthouse boat tours are tonight and Monday evening--and there's a beautiful moon.
North American fishing tribes called August's full moon the sturgeon moon since the species was abundant during this month. It's also been called the green corn moon, the grain moon, and the red moon for the reddish hue it often takes on in the summer haze.
Above, view our local lights as the sun goes down.
These trips take place
Sunday and Monday, August 26, & 27.
That's our library crew - Brian, Laurie, & Eugene - in the Frank L. McGuire Library.
The library is a perfect small room for a conference, training session, or retreat.
Visit inside Ledge Lighthouse, with
The Atlantic Paranormal Society!
We're taking t
he big blue Project O boat out to Ledge Lighthouse with a team from TAPS - The Atlantic Paranormal Society (a group -but not the TV personalities- associated with the long-running Ghost Hunters television series 2004-2016 ). We provide the history of both Ledge and Race Rock Lights, TAPS gives the paranormal overview. It's a fundraiser for NLMS & local lighthouse preservation.
Please help support the NL Maritime Society.
Right now, your gift will be doubled (or tripled!)
1.) our Ben Martin operating-funds challenge will double your gift,
2.) or you may help to build our endowment
~ If you are a Charter Oak member, Charter Oak will double both the challenge and/or the endowment donations
Like many non-profits, New London Maritime Society is having some financial difficulties.
A group of friend has come together to issue a
$15,000 Challenge, in honor of past-NLMS-president Ben Martin.
Last week, some friends of New London Maritime Society donated $15,000 for us to match. The challenge is to help us meet our operating expenses this fall.
The good news is that we already have raised about half that match sum: $7,220!
Won't you help us raise the remaining $7,780?
If you donate to the Challenge your donation will apply to the match and double it's worth.
If you are a Charter Oak Credit Union member, you
may again double your donation through their You Donate, We Match program! Click on the bar below.
or mail you donation today to:
New London Maritime Society Ben Martin Challenge
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
|At the same time, we feel it is important to start rebuilding our endowment!
your community maritime museum.
Thirty-five years ago, New London preservationists established the New London Maritime Society to create a home for local maritime history at the Custom House. NLMS now operates the Custom House Maritime Museum & Library, educates New London's 300 third graders with a year-long local history program, and preserves the three major lighthouses leading into this historic port.
In 2018, New London's US Custom House turns 185 years old. We are working to establish an endowment so that we can continue telling the stories of our waterfront for generations to come.
Mayor Passero, above, believes in our future as part of a thriving New London waterfront!
Won't you help?
We need & appreciate every gift; but in honor of the custom house's 185th birthday, the first 100 people to donate $185 or more to our Endowment Fund will receive this denim bag as a symbol of New London Maritime Society and its role in the community.
Through Wednesday, November 21, 2018, Charter Oak will
double your gift.
Why not g
ive Susan a call: 860-447-2501, or 203-444-2884
New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
to receive this weekly email blast.
New London Postcard Project
is picking up steam. Here's a
of some recent submissions. Everyone is invited to create a card showing what you love most about New London. Eventually the cards will be sold, the proceeds to benefit NL Landmarks and NL Maritime Society (that's us)!
New London Angel, Hailey M. Champagne, Age 7, Marker on Rag Mat, Postcard #56
--at Studio 33.
Left, First Step To Freedom Joseph Cinque, Diane Pantanello, Mixed Media on Rag Mat, Postcard #54. --at Studio 33.
Facebook New London Maritime Society to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation
. We also post community and conservation / preservation news.
The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP offers all kinds of unique gifts.
Everyone is welcome in the shop, you don't need a museum ticket to come in. MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, all your purchases go towards supporting the museum, exhibitions, & educational programs.
Right, Prophecy of New London, Clark van der Lyke, Mixed Media on Rag Mat, Postcard #49. --at Studio 33.
k New London Ledge Light reports the latest news about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor. This is where we post the latest info about our fun-sized lighthouse tours.
don Harbor Light
reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.
It is sad to realize that three+ years have gone by when we have not been allowed to bring New London's third graders -- nor anyone else --to visit the lighthouse. This photo,
right, is from 2010.
We continue our work to re-establish public access
to New London Harbor Light, a beloved local historic landmark.
Race Rock Lighthouse
posts news concerning Race
and international lighthouse tou
rism and preservation efforts.
Slow and steady -- progress continues at the Inn.
Thank you for your support of New London Maritime Society!
Your membership provides annual operating funds for our Museum & Lighthouses.
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 |