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Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for the 29th annual celebration of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick. The classic novel comes alive during a 24-hour reading that takes place throughout the Museum’s 19th-century seafaring village. At noon on July 31, “Mr. Melville” will make his annual appearance at the Greenmanville Church and kick off the reading by reciting the first chapter of the novel. Visitors can then sign up to read a chapter aloud as the marathon continues until its conclusion. Once the reading is complete at noon on August 1, we will celebrate the 195th anniversary of Herman Melville’s birthday in old-fashioned style with song and cake.

Special Features of the 2014 Moby-Dick Marathon:

Grill the Scholars

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on July 31 for a Question & Answer panel discussion. Among the participating scholars at the Greenmanville Church will be the Museum’s Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, an accomplished Melville scholar and author of three books on the subject: Cannibal Old Me (2009), Herman Melville’s Whaling Years (2004), and Melville’s Sources (1987).

Moby-Dick in Minutes

Watch as the Museum’s own theatrical troupe, The TaleMakers, presents a comedic version of the classic novel, condensed from 24-hours to roughly 24 minutes. It will be performed August 1, following the reading of Moby-Dick.

Mosaic Moby-Dick: A Collaborative Work of Art

Take part in a collaborative art project that will create a tile mosaic representing the great white whale.

Moby-Dick on Twitter

Follow the Moby-Dick Marathon on Twitter at @MbyDickMarathon. Interesting facts and commentary will be tweeted by Mystic Seaport staff throughout the event (hashtag is #MDM2014).

Moby-Dick Marathon Live-Stream

Can’t make it to the marathon? Join us online and watch the entire event as it’s streamed live on the Mystic Seaport website. The 2013 live stream had more than 1,000 views!