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Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for the 30th annual celebration of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick. With the Charles W. Morgan back at Chubb’s Wharf after last summer’s historic 38th Voyage, the Moby-Dick Marathon will return to the decks of the 1841 wooden whaleship. The reading begins at noon on July 31 with an actor portraying Herman Melville 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 196th anniversary of Melville’s birthday in old-fashioned style with song and a great, white cake.

Additional Event Activities

Scholar Panel, “Ahab’s Tear and Pip’s Tambourine: Sufism, Shamanism, and Symbolism in Moby-Dick”: This year’s panel will feature David Peloquin and the main themes from two of his papers: “Ahab’s Tear” (2014) and “Pip’s Tambourine” (2015) as well as a preview of his new project: “A Guided Voyage Through Moby-Dick: Philosophy, Spirituality, and Symbolism in Melville’s Epic Saga”The panel will also include a Q&A round with Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards and the speaker.
Friday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. in the Greenmanville Church

Moby-Dick in Minutes: The Museum’s theatre troupe, the TaleMakers, will present a condensed, 30-minute theatrical version of the classic novel. Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1 at 3:15 p.m. on the Performance Stage

Song for the Whales: This evening concert will feature visiting artist Jen Long with her beautiful and unique whale guitar, as well as performances by the Museum’s chanteymen. Utilizing both traditional and modern songs, the concert will highlight whale preservation efforts and social change.
Friday July 31 at 5 p.m. on the Performance Stage.

The Art of the Word: This collaborative art project will combine the beauty of Melville’s text with visitors’ individual handwriting to create a visual representation of the whale.
Friday July 31 12-5 p.m. and Saturday August 1 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Chubb’s Wharf

More Information

We suggest visitors bring a copy of the book, but several copies of Moby-Dick will be available. Participants may bring a picnic to enjoy on-grounds or purchase a meal at one of the Museum’s restaurants. Please note: the Moby-Dick Marathon will take place aboard an historic vessel and food and beverages (excluding bottled water) are not allowed on board.