Above,upper right,  Stan and Traci (shown at Ledge Lighthouse), Christina, and Dawn are running the summer boat tours. Above, toy boats in the park.  
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.
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
  Robinson + Cole           Docko          Cross Sound Ferry 
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, Matt Lynch Water Transit, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund,   Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut,   Veolia Water,   Bodenwien Foundation,   & CDBG
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.
For ages 8 to adult.                                
Sunday, September 9, 4 PM.  
Illustrated Talk - Benefit:    
Tugboats, Steamships & Trains, from New York to Maine
with Steve Cryan. 
 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.   Register at:      
Left, A view of Race Rock from the island.  
Sunday, Sept. 16, 4 pm.
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. 
FREE. Space is limited. Register brownpapertickets.com/event/3371977 or call 860-447-2501.
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.
The Art of the Tugboat   
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.

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! 
We've got fun-sized boat trips (just six passengers) to
visit  inside Ledge Lighthouse
into October!   
Did you see? We made Jim Altman's CT Bucket List:
Please 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. 
register here for Sunset boat tours 
register now for Full Moon boat tours   
These trips take place Sunday and Monday, August 26, & 27.  
  Make HISTORY. Rent the Custom House  for your private event.
   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. 
Call 860-447-2501 or email nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com to find out more. 
Visit inside Ledge Lighthouse, with  
The Atlantic Paranormal Society!
Saturday, September 22!
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. 
Sign up today! Register at brownpapertickets.com/event/3565122
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. 
  Please donate to NL Maritime Society online at nlmaritimesociety.org  
or mail you donation today to:   
New London Maritime Society Ben Martin Challenge
150 Bank Street, New London, CT  06320 
Thank you! 
At the same time, we feel it is important to start rebuilding our endowment!
L ocal. Friendly.  Authentic.
We are 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.  
 Please DONATE.  
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   
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Faulkners Island Lighthouse is having its 2018 OPEN HOUSE! It's September 8. 
Studio 33's New London Postcard Project is picking up steam. Here's a video 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)!
Right,  New London Angel, Hailey M. Champagne, Age 7, Marker on Rag Mat, Postcard #56 --at Studio 33.     

LeftFirst 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.   
Custom House Maritime Museum   is on Facebook. 'Like' us to keep up with our events, as well as with news of interest about museums.          
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.    
Faceboo 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.  
Facebook the  Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts.
 Facebook New Lon
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.
F acebook Race Rock Lighthouse posts news concerning Race Rock Light and international lighthouse tou rism and preservation efforts. 

Left, New London Ledge Light, Mia Age 14 yrs, Ink on Rag Mat, Postcard #45,  - at Studio 33 Art and Frame Gallery.     
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Slow and steady -- progress  continues at the Inn.  
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area  lighthouses.   
Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news. 
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound  posts special events, boat tours, and dates to watch.    
Below, Bonjour. Wish you were here!  -Greetings from the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris. 
  Have a Sparkling Day!
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 | 860-447-2501
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The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment | 860-447-2501