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LIGHTing THE Way Remembering Our Guiding Star | Myster y in Greenmanville Building America's Canals | Skills of the Sailor: A New Winter Activit y Center

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“And he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night” — Shakespeare

A Tribute to

Our Brightest Star Gazing skyward on a clear and starry night, there are few Mystic Seaport friends who would not immediately think of Don Treworgy. It is with great sorrow that we share the news of Don’s passing on September 13, 2009, nearly one year after his diagnosis of terminal cancer. Don retired as Planetarium director on June 12, 2009, after 48 years of unflagging, cheerful and devoted service to Mystic Seaport. He was a joyful participant in a celebration naming the Museum’s Planetarium in his honor in May, and at a “red suspender” retirement party in June, at which his colleagues and friends greeted him wearing red suspenders like the ones he wore daily. His family’s rich seafaring tradition was a natural background to his passion for the heavens. Among his innumerable contributions to Mystic Seaport were his roles as teacher, weatherman, historian, clock-winder, colleague and friend to all. Don’s energy, charisma, passion and extraordinary intellect inspired legions of students and Museum visitors to delve into the precise and poetic details of celestial navigation and traditional nautical instruments. “Just as we preserve the things of the past, the skills of the past are equally important,” Don once said. “You can have things in a museum’s collections, but if no one knows what they are and how they work, then it is a loss.” He died peacefully at home, with his beloved wife, Lynn, by his side. The stars were bright and clear that September night, as Don was for all of us.



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isitors come to Mystic Seaport for numerous reasons — to research in the Collections Research Center, to spend quality time with family, to view a new exhibit on a favorite topic, to be part of an engaging, authentic community — but many are unsure just what to expect from this must-see national treasure. After all, Mystic Seaport isn’t a typical museum. The entrance to the Museum grounds is deceiving and, in fact, keeps the first-time visitor guessing until arriving at the observation deck or emerging from the Visitors Reception Center when they enter an unanticipated new world. Just 70 yards (I measured!) from busy Greenmanville Avenue, they come upon the unexpected — a serene river, an estuary really, that borders the entire length of the Museum campus. It’s there and then that the visitor begins to understand just what makes Mystic Seaport atypical. The late Waldo Howland, a great friend of the Museum, knew well the river’s educational and emotional power and wrote, in addition to all his wonderful books, an enduring paper for the Museum’s leadership, “The River, The River, The River.” He felt that it was essential that visitors, no matter what their maritime knowledge might be, experience the river in some personal manner during their visit and that the Museum should bring greater focus to bear on its natural asset. In essence, he felt that as rich and deep as the Museum’s maritime resources are, it is the river that contributes mightily to defining what the Mystic Seaport experience is. President Steve White awarding Today, we strive to honor Waldo’s vision and direc- the Museum's William P. Stephens tive. Some visitors arrive on weekends by water taxi Award to Henry H. Anderson, Jr, former commodore of the New aboard Liberty from the drawbridge, while others take York Yacht Club. advantage of Necessity to shuttle between the south and north ends, and Sabino gives her passengers a special feeling of the river in her own unique manner. When Breck Marshall glides by it’s all one can do to refrain from leaping aboard! But it’s the little boats — the small craft — that truly bring life to the river through the boat livery at the Boathouse. Mothers and fathers have a chance to introduce their children to a new experience on the water through rowing or sailing, and they patiently help their “crew” overcome any fears they may have. Our sailing camp, of course, brings color and drama to the river in the summet months, as only Dyer Dhows can, as our future’s next great captains learn the skills to navigate and to avoid potential calamity. Finally, there is nothing quite like the dramatic activity during the WoodenBoat Show and the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous to take us all back to a different era. Being a seaport, it’s important for us to be as active as possible, for as ships and boats come and go important stories are told of where they’ve been and what the crew has learned, even if it may be just a cruise around the river between the bridges. One can almost hear the stories that children are telling back home or in school about their experiences “at sea,” for there is nothing better than a well-told sea story. Speaking of which, did you catch the Moby-Dick Marathon?? It was indeed a busy summer on the river…..when the sun shone. I think Waldo would be proud.

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A new day dawns over Mystic Seaport, frosty and still. Mystic Seaport is fully open (village and all!) from Thursday to Sunday all winter long — come enjoy our winter pleasures, including warm fires and scenic views.

R E M E M B E RI N G D O N T r ewo r g y

Remembering Our Guiding Star


pon learning of Don’s pass-

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ing in September, friends and family from around the world

paused to recall their exceptional friend. We share a few excerpts of those recollections here with you and hope that you, too, will take a moment to build our collective archive of stories of Don, online at our blog, Honor him with your humor, your recollections, your discoveries and your memories, as he found the stories of individuals so meaningful. Share your experience of life with Don, who made us all richer for the time we spent with him. “I first met Don some 36 years ago. Don had a way of infecting your life like no other I have known. You learned from him, you were inspired by him and you wished in some way you could be just like him. He has been my guiding star for as long as I can remember. There was no escaping it – to know Don was to love him. I envision Don striking forward, arms and mind outstretched towards his next great adventure. I am going to go out tonight and see if I can’t find a bright new trail blazed across the sparkling skies. “ — Mark Starr “A mighty cedar fell and all the forest wept with dew and built a river in his memory...” — Lee Chesneau

Don Treworgy 1938 – 2009

Don had a passion for the stars, but he also had a passion for people. He held the history of the Museum in his head like no other. He loved to tell stories about people – who did what and is doing this now, just as much as he told stories about the stars. Working in Membership, whenever we had a question about a former member, Board member or staff member, we’d run over to the Planetarium and ask Don. And whatever he told us was always positive or framed in a smile. It wasn’t gossip, just fact. May we all have the positive attitude that Don did.” — Sally Halsey “During the celestial nav. class I took with him through Williams-Mystic in the early ’80’s, he worked as long as it took for us to understand the concepts, apparently without any limit or frustration whatsoever. Almost inhuman! He was then a fellow watch mate on Westward. On return, my housemates and I invited him to a special dinner of thanks. We shopped, cooked and even cleaned. Set a place for Don. Time for him to arrive, and no Don. This was very unlike him. No one wanted to call to see where he was. In fact, he was so infallible, we figured that one of us must have messed up the invite. Perhaps he thought the invite was for the following night. That must be it! So, we went through the same uncharacteristically high level of cleaning, food shopping, and prep for the next night. A place was set. No Don. For four nights this happened, until we realized that someone had to tell him, despite what would be a possible torrent of self-mortification. He was, of course, shocked and extremely apologetic that he had forgotten. The next night he rang the bell, dressed in full tuxedo with a flaming desert held high! A true star, more in my memory than almost any teacher I’ve ever had. Also taught celestial nav. to my sister, my mother, and my father… who all join me here in Maine, expressing our sorrow that this fine man has passed away.” — David Conover

“Don had an unbridled enthusiasm that never quit. Every presentation I ever saw him give displayed the passion of somebody approaching the material fresh for the first time. He was an inspiring educator whose passing is a great loss for the Museum, the navigation community and education. — Carl Herzog “I was working in the Visitor Services Department while I attended college. I remember once in the winter, I was doing homework at the desk on a very quiet, rainy day. Don was walking through after getting his coffee and snack from the bake store and stopped to chat. He stopped to chat and ended up spending a good amount of time helping me work through my math problems. He was always so enthusiastic about educating people. He will be greatly missed.” — Katrina Wilbur “Stripped of well-deserved accolades, Don was simply one unassuming, gentle, generous, honorable man with an insatiable curiosity about the universe, an abiding love for his fellow man, an old-fashioned New England work ethic and gentle wit and enduring appreciation for family. We were blessed to share time with him on a daily basis as a colleague and friend, and to have the opportunity to learn from his example. We should not forget the power of one and the scope of our potential.” — Sharon Brown “I am sure that what is good in me came from having known this man.” — Anonymous “One of my very first and favorite memories was of meeting Don during training when I began working at Mystic Seaport three years ago. At the end of his Planetarium show, he told us that ‘the Planetariu m was amazing. because it can show you what is out beyond the farthest reaches of the most powerful


“I’m an astronomer at Connecticut College, and each year we take our intro astronomy lab students to the Planetarium at Mystic Seaport. As we stepped off the bus, we would be greeted by this beaming gentleman in a bowtie and red suspenders, bursting at the seams to tell us all about the night sky. I’m pretty sure that many of my students’ first reactions were ‘… bowtie and suspenders? for real??,’ but by the end of the show, everyone had incredible respect and affection for this man who overflowed with such joy, wisdom and humor. In a couple of weeks, we’ll be taking our newest crop of students to the Treworgy Planetarium. The staff is very capable and I’m sure everything will go fine — but for me, it won’t be the same without Don. PS: I always loved the air conditioner joke, too.” — Michael Weinstein

“Don was magic! He captured the attention of hundreds of children, weaving the mysteries of the stars in a way they could understand. When I first started in Central Reservations, I would go on tours and attend programs so that I could familiarize myself with what I was promoting. I remember sitting in the Planetarium with school children who eagerly listened to Don spin stories that helped explain our heavens and how sailors used the constellations and tools to open pathways to the world.” — Danielle Anderson “As I looked at the photos posted on the Museum’s tribute website, I couldn’t help but remember how Don loved to talk with young children and to share with them his knowledge of astronomy. It was not unusual to find Don sitting on the floor of the Planetarium lobby, talking with a group of them. In one of his emails in November 2008, he shared the following with us: ‘You will be pleased to know that the doctors and nurses that I am working with all get a Mystic Seaport Planetarium Sky Guide, a quick lesson on where to find Venus and Jupiter and what to watch for followed by a quick quiz before they

depart! If learning the sky brings them a 20th of the pleasure it has given me, they will be well rewarded. Sometimes I feel like a Johnny Appleseed who sprinkles stardust and reveals the beauty, mystery and science of the sky.’ Don never missed an opportunity to share his love of stars.”— Bill Michael

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telescopes, out to the edges of space. And what was out there? The air conditioner.’ (at which point a lightbulb was turned on right next to the Planetarium’s air conditioner). ‘Now you know why space is so cold,’ laughed Don. After that I saw the Planetarium show several more times, and always looked forward to that joke. I still wonder if that lightbulb was installed just for that. Every time I walk by, I will think about Don and smile because I now know why space is so cold.” — Barry Keenan

“I worked at Mystic Seaport summers when I was in high school in the 1960s. Don Treworgy always had a kind word to say to me, even though I was only a parking lot attendant or dockboy. Later, when I had to interview a person I thought was creative for a college course, I asked Don if he would let me interview him. He took time out of his busy schedule to listen to my questions and gave thoughtful responses to all of them. I will never forget his smiling face and cheerful hello.” — Dave Denison


Three new exhibits open this winter and spring at Mystic Seaport

Tugs, Canals & “Skills of the Sailor” November 7, 2009 - February 28, 2010


ot sure what to do on a dark and dreary day this winter when your family is bored and restless? Come down to Mystic Seaport and keep all hands busy learning traditional sailor’s skills. The R. J. Schaefer Building will become the “Skills of the Sailor” activity center for four winter months. Choose from a range of hands-on activities and programs offered every day. You can stay warm and busy stitching through canvas with a sailor’s palm, practicing knots, or making a net. Take home your handiwork as a memento, or as the start of a new hobby. Looking for even more activity? Test your mind as you send coded messages across the room using signal flags. Get active and climb onto a yard. Lift an anchor with a block & tackle. Roll and spin a cask to see why this old-fashioned method of moving cargo worked so well. Then chase away those winter blues by enjoying a special sea music performance or a story led by one of the Museum’s chantey singers. For all ages. No additional fee. All materials provided.



Quotes About Canal Travels “Of all the creatures of commercial enterprise, a canal barge is by far the most delightful to consider.” — Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage (1878) “Through the thickest of the tumult goes the canal, flowing between lofty rows of buildings and arched bridges of hewn stone. Onward also, go we, till the hum and bustle of struggling enterprise die away behind us, and we are threading an avenue of the ancient woods again.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, after a trip on the Erie Canal (1835)

“Building America’s Canals” JANUARY 30 - OctOBER 11, 2010


ver 100 years ago, America’s first civil engineers built thousands of miles of canals, starting a maritime transportation revolution. Canals in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, and elsewhere made it possible to carry goods by water to the hinterland and bring raw materials to coastal ports. This winter, visitors of all ages will be able to explore the work behind planning, building, and operating canals. Mystic Seaport’s Mallory Building will host “Building America’s Canals,” a hands-on traveling exhibit from the National Canal Museum. This 1,600-foot exhibit is divided into sections relating to key canal structures – locks, masonry arches, cranes and aqueducts. At each activity bench visitors try a different role in building and operating a canal. You can “build” your own canal on a tabletop surface, searching for the most efficient route along rivers and across valleys. You can use model cranes to load and unload cargo from canal boats, or experiment with building masonry arches to learn why this 2,000-year-old technology still endures. Or try a computer game in which you build and operate a lock, complete with virtual dynamite! “Building America’s Canals” blends history and science content through hands-on


Sailor’s Skills

as material drawn from Mystic Seaport’s

paintings, models, and manuscripts about important Tug-related people, places, and events. “We’re thrilled with all the interest and support we’ve received for the Tugs exhibit,” said Jonathan Shay, Director of Exhibits & Interpretation. “This exhibit builds upon research and planning done over the past few years, including a symposium we hosted for tugs enthusiasts in March 2007 that was organized by staff member Chris Freeman. Last summer an outside evaluator tested our Tugs exhibit ideas with Museum visitors and members, which really helped us to refine our plans and get funding to make the exhibit a reality.” This new exhibit is made possible thanks to a $149,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as well as generous individual donations and in-kind support. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. With leadership support from The Dibner Fund in hand, Mystic Seaport hopes to match the IMLS grant funds in total. If you would like to lend your support and endorsement to this exciting new exhibit, please contact Chris Freeman at 860-9123121 or

rich collections – historic photographs,

—Elysa Engelman

Stay Tuned for Tugs!

every cargo port in the country, from Port-


introduce the kinds of work that tugboats

n May 2010, a brand-new exhibit in the R.J. Schaefer Building will bring the fascinating story of American tugboats to Mystic Seaport members and visitors. Every day tugboats move millions of tons of cargo, escort cruise ships, save lives during maritime disasters, conduct environmental clean-ups, and salvage wrecks. Yet, many people still think of tugs as the cheery, coal-smoke bellowing little ships from children’s storybooks. This exhibit will explore this “invisible industry” of maritime towing, a key component of

land, Maine to Portland, Oregon. It will do and how they’ve changed over the past 150 years in their design, operation, and use. Visitors will also learn why today’s tugs are stronger, safer, and more efficient than ever, and how tugs might change in the future. A colorful, inviting exhibit designed for family audiences and school groups, but with plenty of content to satisfy even the most knowledgeable maritime expert, it will include hands-on activities as well


activities placing the visitor in the active roles of a canal engineer, lock tender, canalboat captain, and crane operator. Each activity bench is accompanied by interpretive panels with photographs, diagrams, and text that gives the historical context for canals in America. For those interested in a more detailed look at historic American-built canals, on display will be enlarged photographs of canals scenes, drawn from the Museum’s collection, as well as a rare 1845 poster advertising the New Haven and Northampton Daily Canal Boat Line that once connected coastal Connecticut to central Massachusetts. Produced by the National Canal Museum and the Science Museum of Minnesota, with generous support from the National Science Foundation.




Evergreens Evergreen shrubs inspire the winter garden



Winter is a time to reflect on the garden

. It is a time when the gardens’ bones are exposed; the skeletons of woody plants, walkways and fences are all standing starkly in the yard. This empty slate is appealing to some, especially when designing borders with annuals. However, to have a garden with good bones can ease the tedious process of redesigning each year. Introducing evergreen plants into the garden creates a permanent shape that lasts throughout the seasons. An evergreen frame especially adds winter interest; giving color, height, texture and structure to the snow-covered bed. An evergreen in the landscape is often thought of as a large shrub or tree that screens wind or unsightly objects, such as air conditioners, foundations or dog fences. However, in the garden bed the use of an evergreen shrub adds a considerable amount of height, color and texture. At the Museum, Japanese holly (Ilex crenata) is planted in the Library Garden. Each of the six-foot shrubs is planted on the end of the long rectangular bed, framing the garden. These two shrubs have an upright pyramidal habit that seldom needs shaping; their natural form contrasts well with the mounds of annuals in the summer. Their lustrous dark-green leaves are an excellent accent against the bright white snow of winter and the colorful flowers of the spring and summer. When choosing an evergreen shrub for the garden, consider the seasonal colors of the perennials and annuals that will surround it. In the Burrows Garden sits a handsome Oregon grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium), standing six feet tall. This shrub’s crisp, spiny, purplish-bronze foliage adds color and texture to the garden in the fall and winter, complementing the yellow and pink perennials in the fall. Oregon grapeholly has beautiful blue-black berries in the late fall to early winter, adding color in the snow-covered garden. Winter, whether it is harsh or mild, can place stress on evergreen shrubs. Winter damage can be prevented by using protective fencing, mulching or choosing a space that naturally protects the shrub from wind, snow drifts and cold exposure. It is also helpful to brush heavy snow loads off the branches of shrubs to prevent breaking. Incorporating evergreens into the garden is rewarding, both for the grower and viewer. A few evergreens per garden can make a bare winter bed into an interesting and colorful space. Adding a variety of berry-producing shrubs such as winterberry (Ilex verticillata) or inkberry (Ilex glabra) and grasses increases winter textures, attracts wildlife and provides plant material for window boxes and centerpieces. Therefore, as the winter covers our landscapes with snow and the skeletons of our garden beds are exposed, visualize your landscape with some meat; plant an evergreen next spring!

— Kara Franco

Gardening by the Sea columnist Kara Franco is the Museum’s Supervisor of Grounds. She has a degree in horticulture and anthropology from the University of Connecticut.


the great

Pumpkin and other winter squash Pumpkins and squash are just about synonymous with our fall and winter seasons. From the earliest days of the American colonies, (and prior to that in the Native American diet,) they were an important part of the colder months’ menus. Although pumpkin was a popular ingredient in England prior to the 1800s, food historians speculate that it fell out of fashion as it became more and more popular with the rebellious tives) is grown all over the world from Asia to Africa to Europe. Beginning with the ubiquitous decorations at Halloween, pumpkins take on highest calling as we move into the holidays and beyond. The dense flesh of these yellow to deep orange vine vegetables is not only delicious and versatile, but incredibly nutritious as well. Winter squash and pumpkins are low in calories and fat (even with a dab of butter or oil), high in fiber, packed with vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C as well as necessary minerals. Both pumpkins and squash are excellent in sweet or savory dishes — and the main ingredient in a huge variety of dishes, from soups to desserts. In many cases, they can be used interchangeably. The recipe combines native New England sea scallops with pumpkin, native apples and Chinese Five Spice Powder, a flavorful blend that often combines ground cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, star anise, ginger root and cloves.

Internationally acclaimed Executive Chef Jonathan Cartwright of the White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine, demonstrated this incredible recipe aboard the Regent Seven Seas Voyager when we sailed the eastern Mediterranean with him. This is adapted for home cooks and can be found (along with other specialties of the house) in the wonderful White Barn Inn Cookbook (Running Press, hardcover, $35.) For the spiced cream: 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon Five Spice powder Pinch of salt

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream and the spice powder and whip until mixture forms stiff peaks. Season to taste with salt.

For the soup: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 4 cups peeled, diced raw pumpkin 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced carrot 1 MacIntosh apple, peeled and diced 1 clove garlic 1 sprig fresh thyme 1 cup white wine

1 quart chicken stock 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 tsp. cinnamon salt and fresh pepper, to taste 2 teaspoons olive oil 8 large diver-harvested sea scallops (see note)

1. In a heavy pot, melt the butter and cook the pumpkin, carrot, apple, onion, garlic, thyme and sauté about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn up the heat, and add the white wine and cook until it has nearly all evaporated. 2. Add the chicken stock and simmer until all the vegetables are soft, approximately 30 minutes. In a food processor or blender, puree the soup and strain it. Add the cream and season to taste with salt, pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. 3. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet. Season the scallops with salt and pepper and sear on both sides until golden, about two minutes each side. Drain on a paper towel. 4. Place the seared scallops in a shallow dish and cover with the velvety soup. Garnish the soup with a dollop of Five Spice Cream, and pinch of the spice powder for color. Serves 8 Note: Diver-harvested scallops are used at The White Barn Inn as this is the most environmentally friendly way to gather scallops from the ocean bed. These are also usually the largest scallops.

Jean Kerr is the author of Mystic Seafood: Great Recipes, History, and Seafaring Lore from Mystic Seaport, as well as Union Oyster House Cookbook and the forthcoming Windjammer Cooking. She is the editor of Taste of the Seacoast magazine and co-owner of Smith Kerr Associates Publishing.

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lot across the Atlantic. Pumpkin (or its rela-

Pumpkin Soup with Seared Diver-Harvested Scallops and Spiced Cream



Developing a Character for Lantern Light Tours

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Any visitor to Mystic Seaport’s annual Lantern Light Tours can tell you about the magic they experienced. Be it the rustle of sleigh bells, the stomp of horses feet or the ever-popular ginger cookie, Lantern Light Tours not only take visitors back to a winter night in 1876, but create a memory of a night today that people carry with them forever. What makes Lantern Light Tours so alive – so real – is the heart and soul put into each performance by the actors and townspeople. The people who spend countless hours after an already long day rehearsing. The people that brave the elements to tell a story. The people that do it for one reason – to bring the magic of Christmas Eve 1876 alive. Lantern Light tour guide Chelle Farrand is one of those people. After attending many a Lantern Light Tour, Farrand found herself wanting more than a seat on the sidelines. A Museum staff member with a background in theater and writing, she wanted to immerse herself in the wonder and merriment of Christmas Eve 1876 and become a tour guide. The process began with developing her character. While some fellow tour guides chose to embody a fictional character, Farrand decided to portray someone who had actually been to Greenmanville and could have very well walked the streets of what is today Mystic Seaport. “The most intriguing part of joining the cast was working to re-create the persona of a real individual that lived during this time period.” Farrand chose to become Mrs. Thomas Stillman, Esquire — daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Greenman in Mystic, CT. “She was as real as I am real,” recalled Farrand. Historical documents recall a woman of unimpeachable honor with rare, good judgment and a refined spirit. “If a picture is worth a thousand words,” said Farrand, “then the eyes that reach out to me from the picture and pages of Mrs. Stillman’s memorial booklet, written upon her

Chelle Farrand portrays Mrs. Thomas Stillman, Esquire, circa 1876. Costume designed by Penny Havard.


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death in 1901, give guidance as to content of her character.” The process of becoming a character is no easy task. The tour guide must learn to embody the character of the townsperson they wish to depict — beginning with a profile sketch and talking points that follow the theme and scenes for the tour. This process is extremely time consuming and requires the tour guide to craft not only the right phrase for the right moment, but also to be prepared with an arsenal of tidbits and humorous tales of the time period to use as a backup if things don’t go as planned. “And just in case,” said Farrand, an accomplished vocalist, “it always helps to have a carol or two up your sleeve.” But not all tour guides are new to the production. Some continue to come back year after year like Gary Williams, who has been a part of the Lantern Light Tours cast for more than 10 years. In the beginning, he was a scene player, his role changing each season. He began as a mate on the Charles W. Morgan, waiting in the blubber room to talk to guests as they came below deck. “It was cold, dark and lonely below deck,” said Williams. “I had been told of ghost stories on board and started to hear noises… and loved it! When Lantern Light Tours was over, I asked if there was an opportunity to do more at Mystic Seaport.” Williams has been working at the Museum part-time ever since. Besides playing the role of a ship mate,


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Lantern Light townsperson Gary Williams developed the character of Jacob Carter through research and creativity.



Visitors to 1876 Greenmanville are led by lantern light.

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Williams played an Italian printer and rode on the omnibus with the carriage drivers, bundled under coats and jackets between scenes to stay warm in the frosty winter air. Two years ago, he was offered the opportunity to be a tour guide – or a Townsperson – and develop a character with a rich and exciting history. Tour guides are encouraged to draw from their own experiences to further weave the fabric of their characters. Williams took this to heart – crafting much of the story of his character around his own experiences at Mystic Seaport and in the state of Connecticut. During the academic year, Williams teaches history at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, a great resource for creating a historical character. During the summer months, he spends time aboard the century-old steamboat Sabino at Mystic Seaport, all leading to the development of the role of Jacob Carter — an oiler on the steamboat Ella.

Williams tied his character directly into the history of Mystic Seaport and the surrounding area. “Ella was built in Greemanville,” he said, “saw service in the Civil War and in its post-war years was making a daily run from Norwich, CT to Watch Hill, RI. During the winter of 1876, it was being repaired in Norwich, docking Jacob Carter in Greenmanville for the Christmas holiday.” With a background in teaching, it’s no surprise Williams’ character became interested in receiving an education. “Jacob Carter was being tutored by the schoolmaster, Mr. Avery,” said Williams. “His employer valued education and would increase his salary and position on the Ella if he succeeded in increasing his knowledge of ciphering, spelling and reading.” Being a tour guide has many rewards and the enjoyment felt by all brings the players back year after year. “I was shanghaied into joining the cast at first,” Williams joked. “I received a phone call from the director at the time who said that an actor had unexpectedly dropped out of the production, that the spot needed to be filled immediately, and the replacement was going to be me. “When I initially declined, I was told that ‘no’ wasn’t

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Fair citizens of GREENMANVILLE out and about on Christmas Eve, 1876.

an option, and I’m glad about that. I really came to love Lantern Light Tours.” Some of his favorite moments including working with a fantastic cast and meeting and interacting with groups as they tour the village of Greenmanville. “There’s a script and a storyline that we have to follow,” said Williams, “but we also have the freedom to improvise and be playful on the tours. When it works, as it often does, it’s very satisfying.” Like last year, when tour guides were asked to import some holiday warmth and wisdom into the stories they told during their tours. “I took an Albert Einstein quote about true genius being the ability to return to childhood at will and

talked about how important it was to never lose the child within us,” said Williams. “One night, there was a couple on one of my tours who were engaged and getting married just after the New Year. The following week they called the Museum asking for me because they wanted to use my parting message in their marriage ceremony.” So what keeps the tour guides coming back? Why brave the wind and cold, the long hours and the stumbles along the way? “I hate the cold!” exclaimed Williams. “I wear as much clothing as I possibly can, use chemical warmers; I even tried battery-powered socks once. I drink warm cider and hot tea or coffee and think about the Honduran island of Roatan.” (It seems humor also keeps Williams warm on those chilly nights!) Despite the cold, Williams keeps coming back to Lantern Light Tours because he loves it, plain and simple. “I love the stories, the directors, the cast and crew. I love the interaction with the folks


who come to see the play and the physical beauty of the Museum at night in the winter. This is a remarkable place.” Farrand agrees. “There was a moment when I was soaked to the bone and my costume was hanging heavy from my limbs that I wondered why I would do this weekend after weekend during the holiday season,” she said. “What could possibly motivate a person to chance being out in such miserable weather?” Farrand found the answer to her questions deep within the soul of her character, Mrs. Stillman. In her parting words to her tour group each night, Mrs. Stillman would say, “Gather close my friends as we must take our leave of one another this Christmas

evening. We have borne witness to something special indeed. But before your journey returns you on your way, I have a gift for you. A treasure of sorts. Can you guess what it is? It too lies hidden in the middle. The middle of your heart. The middle of your soul. It is the treasure of love, compassion and consideration for all living beings. Bring it forth and share it with your friends, family and enemies alike. May this Spirit illuminate all your days with joy and hope. That, my new friends, is the truest treasure of the season. Merry Christmas to you. And to all — a good evening.”

The moving play often provides a glimpse of St. Nick himself.

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Greenmanville Mystic Seaport draws on its staff, board, friends and scholars to weave a story more than 100 years old, not yet fully told.

Above: Curator emeritus Bill Peterson leads a twilight tour of the George Greenman House for UConn students.

Right: Staff member Elysa Engelman directs the Greenmanville Project and has taught a UConn course "The Historian as Detective," centered on the house and family.

Most Museum members know the 19th-century neighborhood of Greenmanville from a bird’s-eye perspective. The Mystic River Scale Model re-creates this area in miniature during the mid 1800s, complete with bustling shipyards, tidy homes, and dirt lanes lined with stone walls. But few know about the dramatic actions and intense debates that took place inside the houses, churches, and public halls shown on the model. An ongoing research project into Greenmanville and its leading families has uncovered tantalizing links to the national struggles about slavery, women’s rights, and religious freedom. Prominent American reformers such as black orator Frederick Douglass and feminist Lucy Stone played supporting roles in this story. But the daily decisions and principled acts of everyday residents shed the most light on the life of Americans past, present, and future. The thread of the story begins in the mid1960s in the kitchen of George Greenman’s house. “I was in high school, mowing lawns and doing grounds work at the Seaport in the summers,” said William N. Peterson, the Museum’s former Carl C. Cutler Curator of American Maritime Art and History. The Museum had already acquired the house in which Mary Greenman Davis, granddaughter of George Greenman continued


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to live. Periodically, the elderly woman asked her housekeeper to summon the teenage Peterson away from his yard work. “Mrs. Davis would usually sit me down in her kitchen and ask about my grandmother whom she knew. One day she had given me a glass of cold milk and slice of apple pie, and she told me that escaped slaves had come through the house,” said Peterson. Fast forward a few decades when Peterson had become Museum curator. “I never forgot what Mrs. Davis told me and I always hoped we could preserve the house,” he said. Peterson later found the handyman to whom Mrs. Davis confided the same story and recorded his version for the Museum’s oral history collection. With little documentary evidence to back-up the legend, the story piqued Peterson’s and others’ curiosity about the family and their community. Over the decades, many paid and volunteer researchers have compiled detailed information about the Greenman family and Greenmanville, from census data and probate inventories to newspaper articles, business records, and photographs. An archaeological dig in the George Greenman yard kept interest simmering, with revelations about the gardens there. All along, a key goal was to open the George Greenman house as a museum exhibit. Approaches have shifted over time, from recreating period rooms to creating special tours. The latest vision is to create an interactive, thought-provoking but also emotionally moving experience that uses the Greenman family and their neighbors to shed light on important American values and deeds of their day. The Greenmans embodied the American entrepreneurial spirit. Their shipyard prospered through the Civil War, building dozens of vessels that voyaged around the world. They diversified into textile mills and invested in the Reliance Standard Machine Company in downtown Mystic. Its 21st-century incarnation still operates as Davis-Standard in the nearby town of Stonington. And the family reflected America’s commitment to religious self-expression and social reform. Devout Seventh Day Baptists, the Greenmans held church services on Saturday and worked on Sunday, putting them off-cycle from the rest of the town and delaying lumber deliveries at times. Passionate 19th-century social reformers, they were elected to local and state offices on anti-slavery and anti-alcohol platforms. Advocates for women’s suffrage, they also were active in the Universal Peace Union. “This project raises so many interesting questions about everyday people and their principles.” said Project Director Elysa Engelman. “Where did the Greenmans draw the lines between their business life, their political activities, their religion? What lessons can we learn about juggling conflicting or competing beliefs in our own lives?” Using national and local newspapers of the day, church bulletins, oral history, letters and artifacts, Engelman and others are also researching the maritime Underground Railroad to understand how small maritime communities like Greenmanville were connected to larger national movements. An adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, Engelman has also used the Greenman family’s story to introduce students to the Underground Railroad’s role in American history and popular memory and the work of a historian. The current project is still in its planning phases. So far, Museum staff have drafted interpretive outlines for both the Greenmanville Church and the George Greenman House. A grant for the Connecticut Humanities Council funded a summer 2008 scholarly forum that gathered helpful recommendations from maritime historians Jeff Bolster, Lisa Norling, and Eric Roorda. Trustee Charles Hamm contributed funds to hire design firm Haley Sharpe, which created conceptual designs and floor plans for the exhibit. And the George Greenman House has recently been listed on the state’s Freedom Trail. “Right now, we’re trying to figure out to what extent the Greenman family was connected to other local abolitionists,” said Engelman. “They had strong family, business, and religious connections to known Underground Railroad conductors in Rhode Island. But we need to dig deeper to find out if they themselves were actively helping fugitive slaves,

Top: Peterson tells the family legend about fugitive slaves arriving on lumber schooners bound for the Greenman shipyard. Above: UConn students conducted their own primary research into the Greenman family and possible ties to the maritime Underground Railroad.


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Top, Collections staff provide an overview on the Museum's manuscript collections related to the Greenmanville area.

Above: The project would open the prominent George Greenman House to museum visitors.

and if so, how.” “After the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law made it a federal crime to assist a fugitive slave, some black and white Northerners willingly broke the law to help runaways. They provided shelter and transportation, food and clothing. Some used mob action to break into jails and courthouses and free captured fugitives,” said Engelman. “But other abolitionists weren’t able or willing to go that far, to break the law and risk their family’s livelihood and reputation.” Which group the Greenmans belonged to remains a mystery. The maritime routes of the Underground Railroad were vital for thousands of fugitives who stowed away, impersonated free black mariners, bought passenger tickets, or enlisted the aid of sympathetic captains and crewmembers. But these stories are little-known by the public and reveal complex motivations where profit motives and personal beliefs sometimes collided. Take the case of a slave who snuck onto the Mystic-bound timber-laden ship Eliza Potter in Wilmington, N.C. Captain Josephus Potter discovered that “Stowaway Joe” was aboard as the ship neared Groton Long Point, less than three nautical miles from Mystic Seaport. “Joe” jumped overboard while Capt. Potter searched for an official to arrest him, an 1858 newspaper reported. Potter knew that if he helped the stowaway escape, he might be barred from trading in Wilmington again. As it was, he later paid the fugitive’s owner $1,500 in compensation in order to keep sailing South. “We don’t know where many local ship’s captains’ sympathies lay,” said Peterson, “but we know that fugitives escaped North via schooners and steamships throughout the 1850s.” Regular maritime routes were fast ways to move goods, and people, from one part of the nation or world to the other. The South was a continual source of ship timber for the North in general and for Mystic shipyard, said Peterson. The Greenman’s successful shipyard regularly used lumber from slave states, and the brothers held part-ownership in vessels involved in the cotton trade. Their competing business and reform impulses shed light on the difficult decisions faced by millions of Americans like them. “There’s so much more we’d like to know,” said Peterson. “The Greenman women were particularly silent on the issue of women’s rights. We’re still trying to find out why.” Silent in word, the family’s deeds speak to their commitment to women’s rights and equal education. A 1920s letter handwritten by George Greenman, Jr., tells how his family hosted suffragist and anti-slavery lecturer Lucy Stone. An impassioned speaker, in 1854, the petite Stone addressed the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Greenmanville when other churches in Mystic would not let her speak. George’s own grand-daughter Elizabeth lived the “New Woman”

A student investigages the unusual sliding cupboard, part of the Underground Railroad legend surrounding the house.


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Peterson first heard the fugitive slave story from Mary Greenman Davis, the last family inhabitant, in the 1960s. He has since documented the family's work in support of abolition, temperance, woman's rights and the peace movement.

ideal in many ways, graduating from Wellesley College in 1889, doing post-grad work at the University of Chicago and MIT and devoting her career to teaching school in Boston’s South End. The Greenmanville project builds upon the Museum’s past and ongoing work on race, gender, and power in maritime America. From building the Freedom Schooner Amistad to creating exhibits on “Women and the Sea” and the African-American maritime experience, the Museum has demonstrated the importance of these topics to the larger American story. “The Museum’s mission is to inspire and educate the public through American maritime history. Mystic Seaport stands for freedom, and the Greenman family stood for religious freedom, political freedom, human freedom and freedom of commerce,” said Charles Hamm, member of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. Hamm’s financial support has enabled the Museum to move forward with additional research into the Greenman family story and planning for turning that into a meaningful visitor experience. “I wanted to fund research into the Greenmans and certainly into their recognition as abolitionists. I think the project can help the Museum identify its core values that will attract public interest and that are encapsulated in the Greenmanville property — it’s the story of freedom and the pursuit of freedom in America,” said Hamm. While it may be a long time before the Greenman exhibits are opened, researchers are busy brainstorming some creative uses of 21st-century technology and storytelling. “We’re considering all kinds of media, from audio and projection techniques to printing pictures and text on UV-sensitive wallpaper that becomes visible when the light changes,” Engelman explained. “We’re not thinking about another historic house tour,” Peterson said. “Maybe we’ll recreate Lucy Stone’s visit, maybe show how shipyard workers lived at the time. We want the story to come alive and visitors to really remember the experience.” The next steps involve further fundraising and research. The Museum has applied for planning grants from both the Connecticut Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The money would cover additional research and bring a group of scholars, museum professionals and Underground Railroad experts here next summer. It would also pay an outside evaluator to test the project’s big ideas and goals with members, casual visitors, teachers and community leaders. The hope is that new Greenmanville exhibits will have a profound impact on visitors regardless of race, gender or political persuasion. As Hamm says, “Greenmanville has been there for 150 years, it’s a genuine historic story that integrates the African American experience into the American maritime experience. It’s important because it’s us — all of us.”

The house offers a unique opportunity to raise questions about the myth — and reality — of maritime escapes on the Underground Railroad. And to show how one local family wasengaged with the big national issues of their day.


New York Yacht Club ties up at Mystic Seaport


he Museum was even busier than usual this past August, when the New York Yacht Club arrived for a three-day layover during their annual cruise. It was a glorious scene, with more than 70 vessels moored several deep along the Museum’s wharves, and still more tied up downriver.



In addition to the Museum’s broad array of interpreted and other exhibits, squad demonstrations, “Tale of a Whaler” performances and the many hands-on experiences offered daily to visitors, more than 500 NYYC members were treated to special events. There were behind-the-scenes tours, 19th-century games on the green for children, a catboat regatta using our fleet of catboats, presentations on the Morgan and the Rosenfeld collection and in Treworgy Planetarium, At the close of the group’s visit, Yacht Club Commodore David K. Elwell, Jr., presented President Steve White with a commemorative print and expressed his thanks for the “extraordinary experience yacht club members have had here at one of America’s great museums.” He went on to urge all present, “to do all you can to support this American treasure.”



PICTURED ABOVE, Sailor and educator Henry H. Anderson was this year's recipient of the Museum's William P. Stephens Award for his significant contributions to American yachting.

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July, President Steve White traveled to Cotuit, MA, to present the William A. Baker Award to Michael Dannhauser, Commodore of the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club. The William A. Baker Award recognizes the faithful preservation or restoration of wooden recreational craft 40 feet or less in length, actively in use. The Baker Award promotes the awareness and appreciation of fine examples of one-design classes, to foster preservation and restoration, and keep boats alive and in use. This year’s Baker Award honored the Cotuit Skiff Class, with the Cotuit Mosquito Yacht Club accepting the award on behalf of the class. Sailed in Cotuit, MA, for more than 90 years, Cotuit Skiffs are 14-foot, gaff-rigged sailboats, designed by Stanley Butler in the early 19th century. Those in

attendance were extremely pleased that their efforts in preserving the Cotuit Skiff for more than a century have been recognized as a true accomplishment. And in August, Mystic Seaport presented the William P. Stephens Award to Henry H. Anderson, Jr., a former commodore of the Seawanhaka Yacht Club and the New York Yacht Club and one of the leading sailing educators in the world. Anderson has helped to found and sustain sailing programs for more than half a century and has also served as a mentor to many accomplished sailors, including Mystic Seaport Chairman of the Board Dick Vietor. The W.P. Stephens Award is given in recognition of a significant and enduring contribution to the history, preservation, progress, understanding and appreciation of American yachting and boating.


V oyages:Stories of America and the Sea While walking through Mystic Seaport’s signature exhibition, Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea, you can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed. Two floors filled with hundreds of artifacts illuminate the many ways — ways that perhaps were not thought of before this exhibit was developed — that we are all intrinsically connected to the sea. Museum staff member Betsy Beach interprets the exhibit perfectly saying, “Voyages is like a picture book unfolding before your very eyes. If you’re not interested in one chapter, keep walking. You’re bound to find a chapter of interest.” We suggest you cozy up to a good book of a different sort this winter. Step inside Voyages and find the chapter that best illustrates your personal relationship with the sea. Number of broad themes in Voyages: 7



Number of original artifacts on display (including loaned objects): 535 Number of alligators David Crockett is riding in an advertisement for the Mystic-built clipper bearing his name (as seen on a sign inside Voyages): 2 Number of ship models displayed : 34 Number of Cuban immigrants depicted in the 25-foot refugee boat Analuisa: 19 (plus one dog) Number of blue velvet navy suits replete with drop seat pants on display: 1 Number of scrimshaw items displayed (both decorative and practical): 110 Number of Amphi-Crafts ever built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company: 15 Number of Amphi-Crafts inside Voyages: 1 Number of brothers that died aboard the US Navy cruiser USS Juneau in 1942 (as told inside Voyages): 5 Number of video programs in exhibit: 11 Number of video programs screened inside a shipping container: 1 Number of other Mystic Seaport buildings with an elevator: 0 Number of days the whaling bark Ohio was out to sea (as stated on a placard in Voyages): 1,002 Number of days it took Sarah “Sallie” Wordell Smith (1840-1896), wife of Ohio’s Captain Frederick Howland Smith, to realize she was bored while at sea: 750 Number of years Voyages has been open: 9 Number of hours it takes to completely explore Voyages: Numerous Number of ways the sea affects all of our lives: Endless —Erin Richard with research by the Collections Department

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Your Photos Here Are your friends and family and Facebook followers tired of seeing your vacation and family photos? We’re not! In fact, we want to see more. Pick your best three to fit either our Landscape or Lifestyle categories, and submit your views of America and the Sea to our annual photo contest. Open to both youth and adults, we're hoping to see a whole lot more of your animals, boats, children, landscapes and yes, even your vacation photos. And this year, it’s even easier. Submit your digital images online to our group on Flickr. com by December 31, 2009. For complete contest rules and information, go to photocontest2009.

Immerse yourself in an all-new tale of the magic, merriment and mystery of Christmas Eve

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December 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, 26-27 $26 Adults, $19 Youth ($24 and $17 members) To purchase tickets, visit lanternlighttours or call 860.572.5322

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WINTER 2009-2010


January 29-31 First Person Interpreter Professional Network (FPIPN) conference

November 7 “Skills of the Sailor” A hands-on activity space opens November 10-12 ABYC Standards Certification Class November 14 Introduction to Half Model Construction


December 8-11 ABYC Marine Corrosion December 12 Santa comes to Mystic Seaport

November 17-20 ABYC Basic Electric Class

December 15 Adventure Series

November 19 Adventure Series

December 20 Community Carol Sing

November 21 Public Opening Reception for Maritime Miniatures

December 20 Star of Bethlehem, Treworgy Planetarium

November 27 & 28 Field Days


January 30 “Building America's Canals” Exhibit opens

November 28 Lantern Light Tours November 29 The Season’s Splendor: A Victorian Village Holiday Ride

December December 4-5, 11-12, 18-20, 26-27 Lantern Light Tours December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27 The Season’s Splendor: A Victorian Village Holiday Ride

December 26-31, January 1-3 Holiday Magic


January 3 “Mapping the Pacific Coast” Exhibit closing January 8 Maritime Surprises from the Museum’s Collections January 9 Chantey Blast and Pub Sing at Frohsinn Hall January 16 Bus trip to New York City January 18-Feb 10 Blacksmithing I January 21 Adventure Series January 27 Maritime Author Series

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January 30 “Photographing Your Artwork” Workshop

February February 6-7 “Successful Painting from Photographs” Workshop February 12 Maritime Surprises from the Museum’s Collections February 13 & 14, 18-21 February Vacation Activities for Kids: Liberty Days February 18 Adventure Series February 22- March 17 Blacksmithing II February 24 Maritime Author Series February 27 Open-Hearth Cooking Class February 28 "Skills of the Sailor" A hands-on activity space last day

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International Maritime Travel Tour September 29 - October 11, 2010 Join a special international tour of maritime sites in Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom with Mystic Seaport International Council Chairman George White and Board Chairman Richard Vietor. This exclusive 13-day trip will include visits to St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Portsmouth and Helsinki. Travel with a congenial group of Mystic Seaport supporters to learn how other prominent maritime museums are preserving their ships and telling their stories. Enjoy fine dining, world-class hotels, unique entertainment and lectures.

m SAIL THE GREEK ISLES October 6 - 14, 2010 Next October, sail the deep blue waters and golden beaches of the Greek Isles with Mystic Seaport. We start ashore in Athens, spending two days exploring the ancient city, including touring maritime museums. Then we spend five nights aboard the Star Clipper. Known for its grace and unique in its heritage, the Star Clipper marries comforts and amenities of the present with the traditions of the grand age of sail. Cruise the Greek Isles, stopping at Mykonos, Santorini and Hydra, and the seaside resort town of Kusadasi, Turkey, and find out why this glorious region became known as the “playground of the Gods.” Prices start at $3,699/person (double occupancy) and include round trip airfare from New York, transfers, two nights in Athens at a five-star hotel, two half-day tours in Athens, including the Nautical Museum of Greece; five nights aboard the Star Clipper, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, all port charges, hotel taxes, air taxes and fuel surcharges. Other terms and conditions apply. Call 860.572.5339 for details. Book by December 31, 2009 and save $50 per person. or call 860.572.5322.

Members’ Bus Trip to New York’s American Museum of Natural History Saturday, January 16, 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Take a deep breath after the holidays and enter a universe of exciting experiences on this winter mini-getaway. Your museum ticket includes entrance to all the exhibits at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, including “Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World” — an unparalleled journey from the far reaches of China through the cities and empires of Central and West Asia. Enjoy the spectacular new Planetarium Space Show, “Journey to the Stars.” Travel 13 billion years into the past, when the first stars were born, and witness brilliant supernovas. Visit the heart of our fiery sun, and glimpse its distant future as it transforms into a massive red giant. Your ticket covers everything in this vast museum (except lunch), including an IMAX film and the remarkable Rose Center. Bring snacks or dine in the museum cafeteria. We arrive in NYC at 11 a.m. and leave at 5 p.m. Members: $80 (adult), $60 (youth) Non-members: $90 (adult), $70 (youth) Register online or call 860.572.5322.


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For more information about the itinerary and pricing, please contact Maureen Hennessey at or 860.572.5336. Space is limited; reservations and deposit required.

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What's the best season to visit Mystic Seaport? Every season! And this winter, we're offering the full Mystic Seaport experience, including our 19th-century seaport village, our preservation shipyard where the Charles W. Morgan is undergoing her restoration and, of course, all our exhibit galleries — with two new additions this winter. In November, our winter activity center, “Skills of the Sailor,” opens for the first time and in January you'll want to return for the opening of our “Building America’s Canals” exhibit. From Nov. 2 to Nov. 29, the Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Winter hours (Thursday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) begin Nov. 30 and run through March 26, 2010. The Museum is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is open all week after Christmas. Check online for more detailed information on our winter events and activities, our new indoor exhibits opening this winter and the warm and welcoming experience we have planned for you!

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TheSeason’sSplendor: A Victorian Village Holiday Ride

November 29; December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27 Starting at 11 a.m., rides leave every half hour from the Visitor Reception Center. Bundle up your family, gather up your friends and come to Mystic Seaport for a ride on a horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy the famed Mystic Seaport holiday decorations as you ride along the scenic Mystic River and through the Museum’s village streets. End your scenic ride in the Museum’s historic Thomas Greenman House where you’ll create a holiday craft and enjoy a sweet holiday treat. You may even catch a glimpse of a jolly old elf! We can't promise snow but we can promise a charming and delightful holiday experience. Ideal for the young and the young at heart. $8 (ages 2-5), $20 (ages 6-17), $29 (ages 18+). Max. 14 people per ride. Prices include Museum admission. To charter a tour for your group, call the number below. Children under 2 ride free! Reservations recommended. Go to to buy tickets online or call 860.572.5322.

Holiday Craft Station Children’s Museum Every Thursday - Sunday in December 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It's holiday craft time for kids! Each week features a new, seasonal craft that any grandparent, parent, teacher, family member or friend would love to receive as a gift. Free for members and with Museum admission.

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Lantern Light Tours: Hope Amongst the Stars

November 28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-20 and 26-27


It’s Christmas Eve 1876. The Gardner family has struggled each Christmas since the War Between the States, when its beloved Captain Gardner was lost. No proof exists of his death, and for eleven years the family members have wondered what happened to its father and husband. Join us on a journey through Greenmanville, a town hurt by war and healed by the hope and love of family. Immerse yourself in the magic, merriment and mystery of Christmas Eve, 1876 and be reminded of what is most important during the holiday season.

Members: $24 Adult, $17 Youth Non-members: $26 Adult • $19 Youth A $2 handling fee will be added to each ticket.

Not recommended for children under four. Reservations are strongly recommended.

bring a donation of a non-perishable food item.

Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Handicapped accessible tours are available each evening.

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Note: If you have difficulty walking or require the use of a wheelchair, please note it when making your reservation so that proper accommodations can be made for you.

To purchase tickets, go to or call 860.572.5322. Help us help our community. Mystic Seaport kindly requests that each person attending Lantern Light Tours All donations will go to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood community. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Support for Lantern Light Tours provided by:

Storytime at the Children’s Museum Every Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join us for our story hour at the Children’s Museum every weekend. Following the cycle of the seasons, children will hear a new story each week. Along with the story, there will be different hands-on objects to share, relating to the story. Familes welcome! Free for members and with Museum admission.

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Holiday agic M December 26 -January 3

The presents are unwrapped, and the youngsters and the in-laws are home for the week. At Mystic Seaport, your whole family [and the neighborhood, too] can enjoy special holiday tours of the Charles W. Morgan, learn a few magic tricks, attend a professional historic magic show and design a fantastic craft. All free for members and with Museum admission.



An Afternoon with Santa Saturday, December 12 1-3 p.m. As a holiday gift to our member families, Santa’s on his way... to the Membership Building! Drop by to tell him what you want for Christmas and enjoy a cookie and hot cocoa or cider. Member families with older children are welcome to visit Howell Classroom (1:30-2:30 p.m.) to make a special holiday gift. There is no charge for these activities — it's our present to you! Don’t forget to visit the Children's Museum (all day for the younger children) to make a Christmas gift to take home!

FREE! Zoo in the Sky Planetarium Program

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10:30 a.m. Thursday-Sunday

Sat., December 19, 2-6 p.m.

A wonderful winter morning activity! Using stories of the animals of the night sky, we take you on a journey among the stars under the Planetarium dome. For all ages, but of particular interest to the five and under set. Admission (for all ages!) to all Planetarium shows is free all winter long.

P. Ann Pieroway, writer and editor of Taste and Tales of Cape Cod and the Islands Taste and Tales of Massachusetts will be back at the Museum Store signing copies of her two cookbooks. Chock full of irresistible recipes and delightful tales, Pieroway's cookbooks make the perfect holiday gift for the chef in your life (or for yourself!).

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Holidays at the Museum Store

Double Discount Days Friday, November 27 Sunday, December 6 Members, now you have more days to save! Double Discount Days start the day after Thanksgiving this year, and last through Sunday, December 6. Everything in the store and on the web is 20% off for members except sale items, original art and John Stobart prints. And remember, the Museum Store is open until 9 p.m. on Lantern Light Tour evenings: November 28, December 4-5, 11-12, 18-20 and 26-27.

Carol Sing December 20 • 3-3:45 p.m

Get into the joyous spirit of the season at a good old-fashioned carol sing. You'll be backed by a brass quartet, the Mystic Seaport carolers and the beautiful scenery of the Mystic River. Free admission all day to those who bring a canned good for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center. Delight in the Museum’s holiday decorations, tour the ships and exhibits and marvel in the splendor of the winter skies at a special seasonal Planetarium show merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions and music. Planetarium show times: 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. All Planetarium shows are free of charge all winter long. Visitors are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to each program.

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Chantey Blast Pub Sing Special fundraiser for the 31st Annual Sea Music Festival

Saturday, January 9, 2010,1-5 p.m. Frohsinn Hall (a.k.a. the German Club) 54 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic (across from the Museum's main entrance)

Suggested donation: $15 Start the new year off with a rousing afternoon of round-robin chanteys, ballads and other songs of the sea. All proceeds from the event will go to support the 2010 Sea Music Festival.

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And this winter, shop the Maritime Miniatures by Maritime Masters exhibition at the Maritime Gallery. The opening reception is November 21 from 2- 4 p.m. and it remains open through December 31. For more information call the Maritime Gallery at 860.572.5388.




Adventure Series The River Room Seamen’s Inne 1 : 3 0 and 7 : 3 0 p. m .

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Experience daring adventures around the world without ever leaving your seat! Each month of the series features a different speaker with topics ranging from sailing around the great capes to tracking global warming in India and cruising the Amazon River. Hear the stories firsthand from individuals who pursued a personal adventure — and how they dealt with the challenges. Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time

Alaska, My Home Thursday, January 21 Jack Dalton is a professional speaker, writer and teacher who was born and raised in Alaska. An ambassador between two worlds, both his native Yup’ik and his European heritages, Jack is a storyteller, responsible for passing on the stories from generation to generation. Hear about his heritage as told by his persona, Raven Feathers & the Wind.

On Thin Ice Thursday, February 18 Seventy-five percent of the world’s fresh water is stored in glaciers, but scientists predict that climate change will cause some of the world’s largest glaciers to melt completely by the year 2030. Thom Pollard trekked with Conrad Anker and David Brancaccio to the Gangotri Glacier of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India to document its rapid retreat. The glacier is the source of the holy Ganges River. Religious pilgrims travel from near and far to bathe in its waters. Thom’s presentation will play never-before-seen clips of the expedition, which met with mystics and yogis, scientists and pilgrims alike.

Tuesday, December 15

If You’re Ever in the AmazoN…

Award-winning nature writer Richard Conniff sits down with African wild dogs and lets them sniff his neck to test the idea that they are vicious man-eaters. He sticks his hand in a fire ant mound. He flings chicken carcasses into piranha-infested waters to clock how quickly they disappear before diving in himself. Wherever these ill-advised journeys take him, Richard reveals little-known truths about various exotic species of animals and debunks myths about others.

Blue-water sailors Bob and Ami Green returned to sea in 2005 after a three-year hiatus caused by the loss of their yacht, Scallywag. The Greens left Rhode Island on Scallywag II bound for the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Three years later, the couple sailed home on the roads less traveled. With stops in Cape Verde, Senegal and the sensual land of Brazil, they ended their voyage with a thousand-mile cruise in the coffee-colored waters of the Amazon River — a glorious cacophony of sights, music, sounds and stories.

Thursday, March 18

Racing around the World, Non-stop and Alone

Buy tickets online!

Thursday, April 15

To purchase, go to or call 860.572.5322.

ADVENTURE SERIES SINGLE TICKET PRICING Afternoon Programs at 1:30 p.m. $12 (members) / $14 • $5 students Evening Programs at 7:30 p.m. $13 (members) / $15 • $5 students

The 60' sailboats of the Vendee Globe depart every four years from Les Sable-d’Olonne, France, and race 28,000 miles around the world. Thirty racers were on the starting line in November 2008, including Rich Wilson — the only U.S. entry. Nineteen skippers dropped out along the way, but Rich finished the grueling race 9th of 11 finishers after four months at sea. Rich’s finish is a testament to his excellent seamanship skills, deep determination, careful planning and prudent execution.

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AUTHOR SERIES G.W. BLUNT WHITE BUILDING Wednesday Evenings 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. January 27, February 24, March 24, April 28 Meet the authors firsthand, hear the inside story of how each book came to be written and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. The lucky raffle winner takes home a free copy of the author’s book.

January 27 | Maritime historian, educator and acclaimed author Mary Mal-

February 24 |

Ann Davidson grew up in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, just a few miles from Grand-Pre, the location for her haunting Cajun novel, Catherine’s Cadeau. With co-author Terry Thibodeaux (a Cajun descendent), she wrote of the horrific deportation of 11,000 peaceful French Acadian farmers by the British government in 1755 — an often overlooked part of North American history. Exile ships carried the Acadians to coastal towns in America, including nearby New London, and to Louisiana, where the culture known as “Cajun” developed.

March 24 |

Stephan J.W. Platzer has been sailing since childhood, and in 1982 he served as radio operator on the transatlantic voyage bringing a Gloucester fishing vessel from Cape Verde to America. Bringing E Home is the story of the 3,400-mile trip, entirely under sail, steering by the stars. The journey included weeks of becalmed seas, unexpected squalls and close encounters with freighters as the 14 sailors learned to survive and thrive.

FROM THE MUSEUM’S COLLECTIOns Collections Research Center

Friday evenings, 5:30-7 p.m. January 8, February 12, March 12, April 9 Little known but intriguing artifacts from the Museum’s vast collections are available for you to see under the tutelage of the curatorial staff in this evening series. Learn about objects usually tucked away in our protective vaults by seeing them firsthand. Enjoy an insider’s opportunity to view and learn why they are in our collection, and understand their importance to maritime history. The evening presentation includes a cash bar and light snacks. Come relax, and be prepared for a surprise.

Maritime surprises Members: $10/program Non-members: $12/program Buy tickets online!

April 28 | Noted maritime author William H. White brings to life the engrossing story of H.M.S. Pandora, her skipper and crew and their charge from the British Admiralty to find the Bounty mutineers and bring them to justice in England. When Fortune Frowns is the story of this 1790 voyage, the capture of some of the mutineers and the perilous and disastrous return trip. Storms, tropical islands and shipboard life under a tyrannical commander and shipwreck all figure into this epic tale carefully researched from original documents. For ticket information, see box at right. P

To purchase, go to or call 860.572.5322.

MARITIME AUTHOR SERIES Members: $50/series • $15/program Non-members: $65/series • $20/program This program is co-sponsored by the Library Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library at Mystic Seaport.

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loy speaks about the difference between writing maritime history and historical fiction. Her 2006 book, Devil on the Deep Blue Sea: The Notorious Career of Captain Samuel Hill of Boston was described by Nathaniel Philbrick as fascinating, highly readable, and meticulously researched.” In her new novel, The Wandering Heart, a maritime historian solves a medieval mystery using the tools of the historian’s trade.


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winter Programs BLACKsmithing, Section 1

BLACKsmithing, Section II

January 18-February 10

February 22-March 17

Discover both modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques during eight shipsmithing sessions in our historic James Driggs Shipsmith Shop, led by experienced smiths and teachers. This class is designed for students with no prior training or experience. All materials and tools are provided.

Continue your smithing from Section 1, or join us as a new student.

$265(members) / $295

This class offers continued learning from Section 1, but also welcomes new students. During the eight sessions in our historic Shipsmith Shop, experienced smiths offer individualized attention to allow students to progress at their own pace. Both modern and traditional blacksmithing techniques are taught.

This class meets for eight three-hour sessions.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

$265 (members) / $295 This class meets for eight three-hour sessions. Enrollment for the above classes is limited. To register for any of the above courses, please call

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860.572.5322. If the dates and times don’t fit your schedule, please contact us and we will be glad to arrange individual lessons.

Liberty Days at Mystic Seaport February Vacation Program Feb. 13 & 14 and Feb. 18-21 Kids, come spend a day (or more!) at Mystic Seaport for February vacation fun! Why do we call our February vacation program Liberty Days? Well, everyone needs a vacation, even sailors of long ago. When a ship arrived in port, the captain would allow the sailors to take turns having “liberty” ashore. All day Make a craft in the Children's Museum 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Hands-on story time in Children's Museum. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Make a paper dory in the Voyages exhibit 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Explore a sailor's sea chest in the Packard Building

Open-Hearth Cooking Class Saturday, February 27, 4-7 p.m. Enjoy a warm and friendly environment as you learn to use a variety of cooking techniques to make a traditional 19th-century meal in the historic BuckinghamHall House. All materials are provided. Bring your curiosity and appetite! Class registration includes a delicious hearth-cooked supper, plus a copy of The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Child. $80 (members) / $85

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New! Photographing your Artwork This workshop presents the tools and techniques used by the pros so that you may submit images to an exhibit — this could make the difference between acceptance and rejection. The workshop will cover equipment, lighting setup and methods to help you obtain the best possible photographs of your flat art. The focus will be on digital capture and problem solving techniques, image manipulation and submitting your digital files. Saturday, January 30 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $100 (members) / $115 Location: The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Instructor: Charles Estabrooks is a professional photographer based in Westerly, Rhode Island and is a graduate of Rensselaer’s School of Architecture. Charles photographs all the works seen in the catalogs at the Maritime Gallery.


Learn how to use photographic reference as a tool to create fresh, inventive paintings in the studio that reflect your personal style and avoid the look of a copied photograph. Bring your own oil, watercolor or acrylic materials and photographs to the workshop. Photographs also will be provided by the instructor if desired. Issues of composition, value and color will also be covered. Location: The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Instructor: Harley Bartlett studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has exhibited throughout southern New England and is a Maritime Gallery artist. Saturday and Sunday, February 6 and 7

SUMMER DAY CAMP & RESIDENTIAL CAMP Summer camp at Mystic Seaport is a wonderful and unique learning adventure where meeting new friends is fun. Mystic Seaport offers a number of summer day camp programs for boys and girls ages 4-10, and residential camps starting at age 10. New camps for Summer 2010 are in the works - check the Mystic Seaport website for details. Other expanded offerings include a day camp aftercare program and sibling discounts. To view our full program listings and register for summer 2010, go online to summercamps.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. $125 (members) / $140

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New! Successful Painting from Photographs

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Schooner Brilliant Join seven other adults and the professional crew aboard Brilliant for a hands-on, full participation sailing experience aboard a classic yacht. Learn to sail a 61-foot schooner while cruising local waters and visiting scenic anchorages and towns. Participants become part of the crew as they raise the sails, haul on lines, steer, help in the galley and learn traditional seamanship. Ports of call may include Block Island, RI, and Shelter Island, NY. When space and weather permit, Brilliant will be docked, permitting shore leave for the crew. While Brilliant has been updated with modern safety and navigation equipment, her accommodations are true to her original construction, providing open sleeping quarters and traditional marine heads.

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Participants must be physically fit and agile as well as competent swimmers to take part in the sailing program. Once you reserve a berth aboard Brilliant, you will be sent a health form and a handbook outlining what to bring, arrival information, as well as many other details. No previous sailing experience is necessary. Dates

Sail Fee

May 15 - May 16

$360 (m) / $410

May 22 - May 23

$360 (m) / $410

May 28 - May 29

$360 (m) / $410

May 30 - May 31

$360 (m) / $410

June 4 - June 5

$360 (m) / $410

June 6 - June 7

$360 (m) / $410

September 10 - September 11

$360 (m) / $410

september 12 - September 13

$360 (m) / $410

September 17 - September 18

$360 (m) / $410

September 19 - September 20

$360 (m) / $410

September 24 - September 25

$360 (m) / $410

September 26 - September 27

$360 (m) / $410

October 2 - October 3

$360 (m) / $410

October 9 - October 10

$360 (m) / $410

Two-day Sails Experience an exhilarating day sail to Block Island, RI, or Shelter Island, NY, and then enjoy an evening of shore leave. Each two-day sail begins at 9 a.m., returns at 4 p.m. the following day and includes an overnight aboard.

Charters Invite your friends and family to join you in the Brilliant experience. Charters are available. Four-day charters may be created by combining adjacent two-day sails. A four-day sail will likely add Newport, RI, to the itinerary. If you charter Brilliant, please bear in mind that we must have at least six able hands, fit and agile, to run the boat safely. Charters for two-day sails or longer are limited to eight adults.

Charter fee, two-day sail: $2,900 Charter fee, four-day sail: $6,000

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Spring Community Sailing (Ages 8-14) No matter what your skill level is, you will find sailing at Mystic Seaport an unequaled experience. Our junior programs are for beginning and intermediate sailors. Community sailing instructors at Mystic Seaport are experienced sailors who have been certified through the United States Sailing Association or American Red Cross for sailing, safety, boat operation, first aid and CPR. The majority of class time is spent on the water. The remaining instruction takes place in the classroom. Classes sail in Dyer Dhows or JY15s. All equipment, except foul-weather gear, is provided. Competent swimmers ages 15 and older may




April 28 - May 21

3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$130 (m) / $150

Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays, for a total of eight two-hour sessions.

• All classes will meet when scheduled unless we notify you otherwise. • Park your car in the south lot across from the main entrance to Mystic Seaport. • Any missed class may be made up during another class by prior arrangement with course instructors. • A class may be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not reached. • In the event of extreme weather, please call 860.572.5310 for closing information.

Custom-Built Sail Programs Are you a member of a group or organization? We can custom-build a program and schedule to suit your needs. Please call 860.572.5322 for more information.

Spring Sailing Classes Beginner Dates



April 5 - May 17

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250




April 5 - May 17

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250


Advanced Dates



April 4 - May 16

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$220 (m) / $250




April 4 - May 16

2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$150 (12 and up)

Racing Series

Classes meet Saturdays or Sundays, except April 11 and 12.

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enroll in adult classes. Students under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a health and registration form.

• Classes meet at the Mystic Seaport Youth Training Building at Lighthouse Point, rain or shine. Always come prepared to sail. Dress warmly – bring an extra set of clothes and towel.

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John Gardner Boat Shop Classes Introduction to Half Model Construction

Anchor Watch An Overnight Program for Youth Groups

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Connect your youth group to the traditions of America and the sea during a fun-filled overnight adventure at Mystic Seaport. You’ll sleep aboard the 1882 square-rigged training ship Joseph Conrad after an evening of maritime activities. Rise and shine the next morning for a hearty breakfast at the Museum’s Galley Restaurant, then join in a group activity led by Museum staff. Afterward, you’re free to spend the day exploring Mystic Seaport on your own. The program runs Fridays and Saturdays from mid-March through mid-May, and mid-September through mid-November. Spring 2010 program dates are March 19 – May 15. Call for available dates. Cost: $75 per person includes overnight accommodations aboard the training vessel Joseph Conrad, pizza snack, evening activities, craft materials, breakfast, a Mystic Seaport patch and two days of admission (the day of arrival and the following day). Group Size: The group size is a minimum of 20 participants, maximum of 45. One supervising adult is required for every 10 children. You may combine small groups from your area. Groups with fewer than 20 participants will be charged $1,500. Eligibility: Open to all youth groups, ages 6–14. For more information: Call Central Reservations at 860.572.5322. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn the basics of half-hull construction by carving your own model of a classic sailboat. Following a demonstration of the basic techniques used to build a waterline-lift model, you’ll begin working on your own model. Discussions of techniques, materials, tools and finishes continue throughout the day as you work to complete your project. This class will teach you the foundations of a new hobby. At the end of the day, you’ll go home with a new family heirloom. Dates



November 14

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

$250 (m) / $300

ABYC The American Boat & Yacht Council offers educational programs at Mystic Seaport. Classes are held at Mystic Seaport, but you must register directly with ABYC. For further information and registration, visit or call 410.990.4460.

ABYC Standards Certification This three-day course will provide the student with a comprehensive and focused look at the key ABYC standards. Class discussion will address specific compliance issues relevant to engineers, installers, compliance inspectors and marine surveyors. Common non-compliance areas will be discussed and how to address these issues in both the factory and field environments. Where it is relevant, US code of Federal Regulation (CFR) will be reviewed as they relate to ABYC standards. The course is followed by a 100-question exam for standards accreditation. Please be sure to bring your copy of the ABYC Standards Certification Study Guide with you or call the ABYC office to make sure you have a copy prior to class. Dates



November 10 - 12

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$525 (m) / $770

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ABYC Basic Marine Electrical This three-day basic marine electrical course is designed for the marine professional who is an electrical novice with minimal or no electrical experience. Topics include basic theory, alternators, battery charger and bonding. AC & DC standards are covered in detail as well as troubleshooting practices. The text for the course is The Powerboater’s Guide to Electrical Systems 2nd edition, written by our Curriculum Director, Ed Sherman. This book is included in the cost of the course and will be shipped to the meeting location. Dates



November 17 - 20

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$495 (m) / $740

PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS Since early times, navigators have used the heavenly bodies to determine their ship’s position at sea. An exhibit in the entry of the Planetarium presents the basics of celestial navigation. Daily programs in the Planetarium illustrate the night sky for visitors, while classes offered by the Planetarium provide an in depth look at navigation and astronomy.

Special Group Planetarium Programs

The four-day Corrosion Certification course covers all aspects of marine corrosion. The course starts off with general corrosion theory and goes on to include: identifying types of corrosion, properties of marine building materials, corrosion control methods & applications, sacrificial cathode protection systems and impressed current systems, protective coatings and methodology and performing a corrosion survey. The price of the course includes the Marine Corrosion Study Guide and that will be shipped to you when you register. The price of the class also includes The Boat Owner’s Guide to Corrosion by Everett Collier.

Have a specific topic in mind? Gather a group and let us know what you would like to learn. We seek to support your curriculum or special interests. Here are a few course possibilities:

The textbook will be shipped to the meeting place and will be available to you in class. This class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.

Stars of a Voyage to Freedom (Amistad) Stars and Navigation of the Great Explorers Stars and Constellations of the Current Season’s Sky To discuss program content possibilities, please call 860.572.5302, ext. 5151, or email This winter, all Planetarium programs are free for adults and children — all winter long.

Please be sure to bring your copy of the ABYC Corrosion Certification Study Guide with you or call the ABYC office to make sure you have a copy prior to class. Note: ABYC recommends taking an ABYC electrical course prior to attending this course. Dates



DECember 8 - 11

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$885 (m) / $1130

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How To Register Nearly all classes, programs and ticketed events have online registration. In addition, registration forms can be found on the web at: and can be faxed, emailed or mailed.






Reservations Mystic Seaport P.O. Box 6000 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT 06355

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Important Information In the event of extreme weather, Mystic Seaport may cancel a class or program. A full refund will be issued only if the participant cannot be rescheduled. Occasionally, Mystic Seaport photographs or videotapes visitors while on the grounds for use in a variety of publicity and promotional materials and to advance our educational mission. We thank you for your cooperation and support.

Cancellation Policies Planetarium, Community Sailing, Shoreside Trades and John Gardner Boat Shop Courses Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of a course will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. Cancellations made 15 to 29 days prior to a class will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 50% of the course cost. No refund will be given if cancelled within 14 days of the course.

Schooner Brilliant Adult AND TEEN Sails, Joseph Conrad Program and SumMer day camps Cancellations made up to 30 days prior to the start of courses will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 25% of the course cost. The administrative fee will be 50% for Brilliant charters. No refund will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of any Brilliant or camp courses. Mystic Seaport program prices are subject to change without prior notice.

ARE YOU A College Student? This could be you!


The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport


Classes requiring original research and writing are conducted at Mystic Seaport in maritime history, marine sciences, environmental policy and literature of the sea. Taking hands-on learning even farther, Williams-Mystic students explore America in a way unlike any other — from a sailing voyage on a tall ship and traveling both the Pacific and Gulf coasts on three extended field seminars. Sophomores, juniors and seniors from any accredited four-year institution may apply for a fall or spring semester. Admission is competitive. Students earn a full semester of credit and transcript from Williams College. Need-based financial aid is available. For an application, please visit us at williamsmystic or call 860.572.5359, ext. 2.


As a supporter of the Mystic Seaport, I would

Mystic Seaport supporters — like to offer you a complimentary copy of my call for a complimentary copy. book, “Don’t Die Broke”. Please call 860-245-0633 for your FREE copy. David J. Reindel 1 Allen St. Mystic, CT 06355






Williams-Mystic, the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, offers undergraduates a hands-on, interdisciplinary semester focused on the world’s oceans.

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2010 DESK CALENDAR: 5" x 5-1/2" jewel-case desk calendar is a perfect stocking stuffer, great little second calendar for the office or handy reference next to the phone.




Our members’ exclusive calendars bring you peaceful reminders of Mystic Seaport throughout the year.

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Lantern Light Tours

Community Carol Sing

The Season’s Splendor: A Victorian Village Holiday Ride

Holiday Magic

Nov. 28, Dec. 4 – 5, 11 – 12, 18 – 20, 26 – 27 Step back in time for a magical re-creation of Christmas Eve 1876. Tours begin at 5 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes. Reservations recommended.

Nov. 29, Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 26, 27 Looking for a delightful holiday experience? Then bundle up the little ones and take a horse-drawn ride though our decorated village streets, make a holiday craft and enjoy a sweet treat!

Dec. 20, 3 pm Lift your voice and join the fun as we celebrate the season with song. Admission is free with a canned good for the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

Dec. 26 – Jan. 3 Kids home from school for the holidays? Bring ‘em to Mystic Seaport for special holiday tours on one of our tall ships, a professional 19th-century magic show and much more.

75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT 06355 | 860.572.5315 |


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WINTER 2009 | 2010

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2009-2010 Annual Fund underway!

Now, more than ever, your Annual Fund gift makes a difference! Thank you for making your gift today.

Please mail your gift to 2009-2010 Annual Fund Mystic Seaport 75 Greenmanville Avenue Mystic, CT 06355 or go to or call 860.572.5365.

Help Mystic Seaport meet this year’s goal When you support the Annual Fund…

Mystic Seaport Magazine Winter 2009  

Mystic Seaport Magazine of activites, events, classes and programs held Winter 2009.

Mystic Seaport Magazine Winter 2009  

Mystic Seaport Magazine of activites, events, classes and programs held Winter 2009.