Above, Visitors inside Ledge Light this weekend .  
Above, upper right, on Saturday NLMS director Susan Tamulevich teamed up with Kirby and Joe Williams and Larry Snoddon  to present a special lighthouse tour to raise funds for the Stonington Historical Society.
Autumn is a beautiful time to be out on the water.  
We have tours taking you inside Ledge Lighthouse every Friday, Saturday & Sunday through October.   
NB: Traci Boiselle, of The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), will be the docent to give the two Halloween weekend Ledge Lighthouse tours October 27 & 28. 
What's Up at the Custom House  - October 7, 2018
New London Maritime Society - Local  Friendly  Authentic
Telling the stories of New London's waterfront & preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., The Maco Family Fund, Matt Lynch Water Transit
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund,   Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut  
Veolia Water,   Bodenwien Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG
Maritime History & Boating Safety
  They just go together.
New London Maritime Society is committed to promoting life jacket wear year-round and October kicks off DEEP Connecticut's cold weather life jacket requirements. In an effort to increase awareness of the importance of life jackets -  the museum has installed a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket loaner Station exhibit in partnership with Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut. The partnership, like the museum, boasts a deep history.
Now visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to try-on life jackets of all sizes and learn about the importance of boating safety.
Above, Ed Cubanski, president New London Maritime Society, and Wendy Sears with Sea Tow Eastern Connecticut.   
Tuesday, October 16
Jibbboom Club #1
Doors open at 1, FREE
The History of American Coastal Fortifications  
with Norman Brouwer
Norman Brouwer of Guilford, former historian and librarian at the South Street Seaport  Museum in New York, will describe the development of coastal forts and other defenses from colonial times to WWII using historical images and slides he has taken of surviving examples from Maine to New York.  
Sponsored by the Maco Family Fund.    
Coffee, friends, and a speaker's program -- please come & bring a friend! 
October 31, 2018m 2 PM
on Halloween take a  
Spirit Walk, with Roger Ryley
Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Might spirits still prowl the olde lost paths of Nameaug Village, c. 1649? Are echoes of John Winthrop, Jr.'s alchemies yet heard on Hempstead Street? Do the dead rest easy in "Ye Ancient Burying Ground" nearby?
On October 31st, at 2 PM (carpool from the Custom House), dowser Roger Ryley will lead his third walking tour, this time around our Post Hill Historic District.
Be not afraid! We will end our investigations before darkness cloaks our steps in witchy shadows! Register at brownpapertickets.com/event/3618300   

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! 
Now on view at the Custom House
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.
Above, a woolie 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.  Left, watercolor by Hardie Gramatky.
Our next goal is 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.   
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.  Fran & Bill Oat , left, are the latest NLMS donors to receive our denim tote!  Won't you join them?     
 Please DONATE.  
Are you a member of Charter Oak? Through Wednesday, November 21, 2018,  Charter Oak will double your gift. 
Questions about donating? 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   
Make HISTORY! Rent the Custom House   
The Custom House Maritime Museum is a unique setting for a party, conference, wedding, or retreat.  Call 860-447-2501 or email nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com to find out more. 
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Left, Mr Montenegro replaced the third interior gutter last weekend. Just one more to go!         
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.    
Above right, We have new plush seals, gulls, whales, & sharks in the SHOP.
Below, New letterpress cards from Green Grapes Press will be in the SHOP this Wednesday! 
Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest n ews about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  This is where we post the latest info about our fun-sized lighthouse tours. Tours inside Ledge Light continue Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
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.
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 Rock Light and international lighthouse tou rism and preservation efforts.  Right. Race Rock Lighthouse. 
Facebook Lighthouse Inn, New London, Connecticut to keep up with the Inn's restoration.  
Facebook Sentinels on the Sound  posts special events, boat tours, and dates to watch.
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway
to learn news of other area  lighthouses.     
Below, the beautiful New London Harbor - Pequot - Lighthouse on Saturday .
  Happy Indigenous Americans Day!
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Thank you for your support of New London Maritime Society!
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