Small Business Saturday -- & New London's Nonprofit Marketplace -- provided a great  start to holiday shopping for dozens of visitors who stopped by the Custom House.  Above, Laura Natusch and Kristin Havrilla-Clarke, executive directors of New London Landmarks and Main Street New London respectively, manned the nonprofit tables.  
Also visiting was Heidi Felsen Brody, above upper right, with the gift of vintage family photographs from August 20, 1931, when the USS Constitution visited New London.   
Visit the MUSEUM SHOP for holiday gifts for the whole family. 
The Custom House Maritime Museum is now open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  - November 26, 2017
New London Maritime Society - telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites.
Thursday, December 7

Save the date
December 7, Thursday, 3-5 PM.

Our annual Holiday Celebration for volunteers, friends, & trustees takes place at the Custom House on Thursday, the 7th, just prior to the December board meeting.
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Please contribute to our 2017 ANNUAL FUND.
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is Tuesday, November 28
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Saturday, December 9

December 9, Saturday, 5 PM.
Members -- not everyone pictured above -- of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Chorus will perform A Symphony of Carols -- a selection of Christmas Carols (a play on words on the work by Benjamin Britten!)
$12, $10 NLMS members, children ages 6 to 18 are free.
Call 860-447-2501 to reserve your seat. It's at the Custom House! 
NB: Our November 30 concert with Mustard's Retreat is rescheduled for Summer, 2018. That way, we'll have the full trio (not just David & Michael but Libby, too)!
On view at the Custom House Maritime Museum.
through December
Stars & Lighthouses - Long Island Sound, by David Zapatka 
Lighthouses of Long Island Sound at Night   
through January 29, 2018  
SECONN Skin Divers' PH2OTO Exhibit: Through a Diver's Eyes
This is the 2nd annual underwater photography exhibition at the Custom House by the South East Connecticut Skin Divers SECONN. 
SECONN's meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Uncasville Diner (starts at 7:30 PM).  
Saturday, December 9, 3 to 5 PM
David Zapatka - Book Signing

Saturday, December 9, from 3 to 5 PM 
David Zapatka's stunning night-time photographs of Long Island Sound lighthouses have been on exhibition at the Custom House since summer. Now, after four years of work, his book of New England lighthouse photographs has been published. Join David for a book signing at the Custom House on Saturday, December 9, from 3 to 5 PM -- just prior to our Holiday Concert.
You may reserve your book in advance and we will have David sign it for you. Pick it up at your leisure after the 9th. Call 860-447-2501 to reserve a book.  
David Zapatka's photographs of LIS lighthouses are also for sale at the Custom House.   
Frank L. McGuire Maritime Research Library
November Book of the Month 
Pamela A. Miller
Creative Writing of American Whalemen
Boston: David A. Godine Publisher
Sharon, Massachusetts: The Kendall Whaling Museum, 1979
This month we received from John Belbruno of Manchester, Connecticut, a significant collection of books about whaling, a subject that looms large in our maritime history.  The books were given in honor of Mr. Belbruno's aunt, Vincentia (Vinnie) Belbruno, known to many readers as a long-time trustee of the Maritime Society and an active supporter of its programs.  A full report on this extraordinary acquisition will appear in the next issue of the newsletter of the Custom House Maritime Museum.  Pamela Miller's unique anthology of the writings of whalemen was culled from some 3,500 manuscripts held by major New England libraries, museums and historical societies, including Mystic Seaport.  In her Afterword Miller says "Their writing is best where it is most illuminating for the modern the one area in which they could speak as real experts...Their fresh, exuberant writing celebrated their unusual life in pursuit of the whale."
--Brian Rogers, NLMS Librarian 
The Kendall Whaling Museum merged with The New Bedford Whaling Museum in 2001.
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This is not one of our lighthouses, but it is an amazing collection of images showing how lighthouse construction was done.
(We already have a Magic Lantern projector.)
NLMS members always receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases.  
Those of you who took the Annual Fund Cruise may add on an additional 10% discount on purchases through November! That's a total of 20% off!  
New this week in the MUSEUM SHOP?    
Below, Eric  Hamburg is rehabbing the buildings at the corner of Bank & State (including the Capitol Theater). He brought us this display unit from the old Marcus shop. We certainly have the books to fill it! 
Arriving next week in the SHOP
American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea,  by Barton Seaver.
Seaver (For Cod and Country), head of the sustainable seafood and health initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health, has assembled a gorgeous illustrated encyclopedic survey of America's evolving relationship with seafood. From abalone to wreckfish, Seaver details key characteristics of each fish, its place in culinary history, and common preparations: grouper, for example, are caught mostly in the Gulf of Mexico, and are an "all-purpose fish, as their pearly white meat cooperates with just about any flavors and methods of preparation." Occasionally he suggests recipes for classic dishes such as lobster Newburg, cioppino stew, and seafood gumbo. Seaver offers accolades to the people in the fishing industry who help bring that food to the table, and the book is accordingly laced with gorgeous photos of fishers and their vessels, massive stacks of preserved halibut and fresh shrimp, and vintage advertisements and other fishing ephemera. "Seafood is part of our culinary heritage," Seaver writes in the book's introduction, and his argument that Americans can't understand the present without knowledge of the past rings loud and clear in this remarkable work.

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Left, We're a site for Toys for Tots!   
Organizer Veronica Hoard, left, says: The Thames River Detachment #1334 of the Marine Corps League is collecting new, unwrapped toys to help provide presents to children in New London County for Christmas. Last year over 2,200 children were given toys with over 1,800 volunteer hours that help make the program happen. We accept toys for both boys and girls, ages newborn - 13 years old. 
The toy collection box is in the entry hall at the Custom House.     

Find your lighthouse is a facebook page for world-wide lighthouse events & news.
Facebook New London Ledge Light for history and cultural information about  
the lighthouse in our harbor.
Facebook  Race Rock Lighthouse  posts news concerning Race Rock Light  
and international lighthouse tourism and preservation efforts.  
Facebook New London Harbor Light   reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about American lighthouse preservation.   We thank Superior Rental for their support of this project.
We continue our work to re-establish public access to this beloved local landmark.
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area lighthouses.     
Facebook Custom House MUSEUM SHOP to see what's new.    
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Right, Bill and Julianna get out the Annual Appeal. 
You can rent the Custom House for your holiday gathering.  
We have a full kitchen and dinnerware for 50. 
To find out more, give Susan a call at 860-447-8700.  
Below, Last week volunteer Veronica Hoard came in over three days to help rehang the half-hull models and organize more of the Lighthouse Gallery. 
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New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
  Robinson + Cole                                   Docko                  Cross Sound Ferry
& the
Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
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