We've got fresh chocolates, stuffed fluffy creatures, lovely books & cards -- everything required for a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY can be found at the MUSEUM SHOP!   Just ask Hank!

Regional Multicultural Magnet School classes walked over to the Custom House last week.  

Diver Jay Kane happened to stop by on Friday. He took time to explain  how deep-sea diving gear works. His dive collection is on view in our entry hall.

Thanks to Dave Williams -- the museum will again be open 
Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM. 

What's Up at the Custom House  -  February 10, 2019
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,   Bodenwein Foundation, The Atlantic Paranormal Society,  & CDBG

  New London Maritime Society - your local, independent, community museum.
February 2019 Book of the Month
Boston, Little and Brown, 1852

Early in 1852 this oddly titled official publication was distributed to government offices around the nation, among them New London's Custom House.   At the top of the first page the Collector wrote the date and "Custom House New London," seen here. In short, this is a list of all the acts of Congress passed between 1789 and 1851, and is far more interesting than the title suggests.   Arranged by topic ("Appropriations," "Army," "Fisheries," "Lands,"etc.), this "synoptical index" is in effect a synopsis of more than fifty years of Congressional activity, and there nuggets of gold to be found in its 747 pages. Under "New London," for example, are two entries: "July 13, 1832 - Custom house to be erected," and "March 2, 1833 - Appropriation for same." Under "Lighthouses, Beacons, Buoys" some 850 separate acts to build lighthouses and other navigation aids fill sixteen pages; the section for "Connecticut" begins "April 5, 1794 - Buoys off the harbor of New London," followed by "April 29, 1800 - Lighthouse at New London rebuilt," and then on to items like "spindle on rock in Mystic River" and "Buoys in the Bay of Niantick." It is astonishing to see Congress concerning itself with such minutiae until you realize that each of these 850 items is part of Washington's push to light the nation's coastline in aid of safer shipping, one of the most important engines of the nation's economy. Years ago this volume wound up in the Coast Guard Academy Library and we welcomed it back last fall as a gift from their Special Collections Librarian, who spotted the connection with us. The leather binding has now been restored by our conservator, Eugene MacMullan.

Brian Rogers, Librarian

Saturday, March 9  
Come'on, let's take a  SEAL WATCH !  
Saturday, March 9, 10 AM. 
The  Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip on Saturday, March 9, to view the many seals who winter off New London.  It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours  round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.

The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies!  
The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger.  Call 860-447-2501 with your questions or sign up online today HEREhttps://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4073878
Attendees also receive free admission to the nearby Custom House Maritime Museum at 150 Bank Street, New London   www.nlmaritimesociety.org. In March, the museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1 to 5 PM.

The seal photo,  above, was taken by a guest on our seal trip with the  Black Hawk.

Help plan our 2019 LIS lighthouse conference.
Our goals with the conference are 1.) to network with Long Island Sound lighthouse stakeholders, 2.) present new information from the USCG and lighthouse experts, and 3.) celebrate our local lights

Please help us plan by filling out this survey .
 O ur tentative conference dates are Saturday & Sunday, April 2-3.

Attention:  High School Juniors & Seniors
Apply this month for the Reid MacCluggage Scholarship
Write an essay, short story, poem, play, movie script or
Novella about the African-American experience in the
maritime world for the chance to win a $1000
New London Maritime Society scholarship!
The Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award was established to foster an awareness of the experience of African-Americans in the context of maritime history. It honors the commitment of Reid MacCluggage, the editor and publisher of The Day newspaper from 1984-2001, to the development of multicultural awareness and excellent writing skills in students. Find out more HERE.
20th Anniversary Reid MacCluggage Black Maritime History Award
Due date:Thursday , February 28, 2019
Now on view
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 32 'woolies', or Victorian sailor embroideries,   
from Charles B. Moss, Jr. 

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! 

Make History
The Custom House is available for   private rentals.   

Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.

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today, Sunday February. 10, 4:00 PM and again at 6:30 PM
Parlor Concert Series - Exalted Love Art Songs
Ian O'Brien,  Tenor &  Aymeric Dupré la Tour,   Piano
Stephen Main House,  1 Wyassup Road,  North Stonington, CT 06359
Tickets $20; Call 860-536-4826

Black History Month Film Series 
Fridays in February,  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Public Library of New London
Every Friday night in February the public is invited to join the well received  Black Film historian Lonnie Braxton for a guided film walk through Black History.
February 15, 2019The Chinese Exclusion Act    The 1882  law  that made it illegal for  Chinese  workers to come to America and for  Chinese  nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens.

Three years ago, we had a 117th birthday celebration for local draggerman / artist / writer
Ellery Thomposn
It was a party at which we also raised money for the restoration of a gift to the museum, 'Racing to Market'. The painting was donated by William and Elizabeth Lacey of Maryland. William Lacey's father worked in Groton and his parents received the painting as a wedding present in 1940. .
This week, just in time for Ellery's 120th, art restorer Will Golaboski  brought in the finished piece. 
This calls for another party!  The painting is spectacular, and will be unveiled at a special event, date TBD.
Below left, the painting arrived from Maryland in 2017 badly coated in nicotine and with areas of cracked, flaking paint; below right, on Friday Will brought back the painting.

Facebook   New London Maritime Society  to learn about issues related to our mission of preservation & conservation.

Diver Jay Kane  explains how deep-sea diving helmets work to Regional Multicultural Magnet School 5th graders.

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The Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
  offers all kinds of unique items. MUSEUM SHOP gifts have an extra feel good factor: when you shop with us, your purchases go towards supporting the museum, our exhibitions & educational programs.  
We shopped Monday at  the biannual gift show  NY NOW.
New shop items already have begun to arrive at the MUSEUM SHOP!  

What's coming in from Australia? 
You'll have to wait and see...

Facebook  New Lon don Harbor Light    reports the latest on NL Harbor 'Pequot' Light and about  American lighthouse preservation.  
The Lucretia  Shaw chapter of the DAR held their annual  meeting at the Custom House on Saturday morning,  and then left to take lunch next door at Fatboys!

Faceboo New London Ledge Light  reports the latest n ews about the lighthouse at the center of our harbor.  
Facebook the   Ledge Light Foundation to follow ongoing restoration efforts. 

What's going on here? 
Last week, USCG cadets emptied the Archie Chester reading room and started sealing the ceiling (and walls). Water leaking from the interior gutters at the building's cornice seeped through the building all the way to the lower level   for many decades . As a result, particles of mortar and brick were constantly falling on top of everything. Now that the interior gutters have been replaced, it will take up-to one year for the building to dry out. But meanwhile, our friends at Edison Coating believe their clear, breathable sealant will firm up the brick and mortar and prevent further damage. 
Half the room was coated last Saturday We hope to finish the job next weekend. 

The JIBBOOM CLUB is taking the winter months off, but meanwhile they've signed on to have a float in the 
NL St. Patrick's Day  parade, Sunday, March 17!  Roger Clements is readying the float and
Jody Barthel is working to have students take part.
If you attend the Jibboom Club and would like to march in costume in the parade, send us an email at nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com. We'll tall you what you need to know!
Facebook  Lighthouses of Long Island Sound Gateway   to learn news of other area  lighthouses.   

Speaking of Jibboom, last week was 
Rob Pittaway's 
birthday. We celebrated with Chris and Aaron at Sweetie's.


 RMMS 4th graders in the Amistad gallery on Thursday.
  Be Mine Valentine -- it's this Thursday! 
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