Please Help us this Winter

Winter Volunteer Projects
We have a great need and opportunity for help while the Museum is in winter shut-down. Many of these projects can provide new and creative outlets during the cold months ahead. This can be a way to stay connected to the Museum and gain significant and newly discovered knowledge about HMCo.
Herreshoff Steam Engine

We hope to create the background materials for a professional exhibit designer to make sense of the Hall of Boats' wooden boat collection for visitors (and docents, alike.)  The first task is to develop a time-line and list of critical wooden sailing boats of HMCo, and to document the stories that surround them. Many of these boats are in our collection, others exist as models.
RWU has signed up to help us with several documentaries, such as of HH12.5, S-Boats, NYYC classes, Buzzard's Bay classes where boats still exist and can become multi-media productions.
This effort also fits into our Campus Capital Campaign and renovation of One Burnside, and so is critical. 
Powered Vessel Exhibit

This effort also provides background material for a professional exhibit designer and fits into our capital campaign. It also ties into grants from Van Beuren and matching private donor for this effort.
The scope of this project is three fold:
1. Naval Craft
2. Private yachts, launches & commercial boats
3. The Technology of HMCo steam systems
As with wooden boat effort noted above, we need to identify critical boats in the private yacht, launches and commercial craft category and then tell their stories.  If you have a background with steam technology, your knowledge would be extremely useful as well. There are also stories relating to the Cuban insurgency and Teddy Roosevelt that need to be fleshed out and documented. Naval War College Museum is assisting.

WEE WINN completes her restoration just in time for her 125th birthday. She'll come down to the Museum to display and we need accompanying exhibit materials.

Restoration & Construction 

Help on restoration of BELLASARIUS and work on steam launch, for those who are more inclined toward manual work. 
Interested volunteers should contact Evan Smeenge, Development Associate, at 401-253-5000 ext 235, or by emailing
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