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December 2015

Newport Mansions Tour

December 9

Tour three magnificent Newport mansions decked out in Yuletide finery.

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Santa Claus is Coming!

December 12

Bring your children to the Membership Building to meet Santa Claus!

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Adventure Series — Fire in the Sky, Ice on the Sea: Glaciers and the Auroras in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

December 17

Join Niki Sepsas to discuss the wonders of nature’s light shows, the Aurora Borealis and the Aurora Australis, and the global importance of glacial ice.

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January 20162016

Stars of the Smithsonian Lecture Series: Carlene Stephens – “Connecting the World in Time”

January 14, 2016

Carlene Stephens from the National Museum of American History explores the changing ways used to connect ourselves around the globe over the centuries.

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Adventure Series — The Life Experiences of a U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer

January 21, 2016

CWO Randall J. Rice discusses his experiences in the U.S. Coast Guard including his heroic, award-winning actions during a catastrophic distress call May of 2011.

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February 2016

Sound Boating Symposium: A US Sailing & US Powerboating Approved Near Coastal Safety at Sea Seminar

February 6, 2016

Join us for this day-long symposium specifically designed for local boaters, sailors, and cruisers.

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Maritime Author Series with Carlo DeVito

February 10, 2016

Filled with art, photographs, maps, and artifacts, this is a richly illustrated edition of Owen Chase’s memoir, “Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex.”

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Stars of the Smithsonian Lecture Series: Christine Mullen Kreamer – “African Cosmos: Stellar Arts”

February 11, 2016

Dr. Christine Mullen Kreamer presents the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with both traditional and contemporary African arts.

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Adventure Series — From Whales to Seabirds: Conservation Research in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

February 18, 2016

Dr. David Wiley discusses his award-winning research projects to protect the endangered whales living in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

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March 2016

Stars of the Smithsonian Lecture Series: Roger Connor – “By the Stars to Victory: Making Aerial Celestial Navigation Practical Between the World Wars”

March 3, 2016

Roger Connor will tell the story of P.V.H. Weems, one of the principal architects of reliable airborne celestial navigation methods and how these techniques took center stage in wartime.

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Maritime Author Series with Roger C. Taylor

March 9, 2016

“L. Francis Herreshoff: Yacht Designer” by Roger C. Taylor is the first of two volumes to chronicle the life and work of the most remarkable yacht designer of his time.

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Adventure Series — The Navigators: Pathfinders of the Pacific

March 10, 2016

Anthropologist Sanford Low discusses his documentary detailing the voyage of Hokule’a, a canoe navigated by sailor Mau Piailug using only the ancient Polynesian practice of reading the sea, wind, and stars.

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April 2016

Maritime Author Series with Steven Berry

April 13, 2016

A Path in the Mighty Waters tells the story of how people experienced their crossings to the New World in the 18th century.

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Pirate Day at Mystic Seaport

April 19, 2016

Avast, me hearties! Join us for a day of family fun and meet our kid-friendly pirates.

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Adventure Series — Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse

April 21, 2016

Author Eric Jay Dolin tells the story of America through the prism of its beloved coastal sentinels.

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June 2016

Stars of the Smithsonian Lecture Series: Douglas Herman – “The Art of Oceanic Navigation and Land Finding”

June 23, 2016

Douglas Herman from the National Museum of the American Indian reveals the intricate arts of oceanic navigation and land finding that enabled these amazing feats.

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