Professional Development

Dr. Glenn Gordinier and teachers during the African American History Google Hangout Teacher Professional Development workshop.

Dr. Glenn Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, leading an African American Maritime History professional development workshop. Teachers also participated in the workshop online via a Google Hangout.

The professional development programs at Mystic Seaport provide teachers with behind-the-scenes tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum. Workshops show teachers how to utilize Mystic Seaport and its collections in their classrooms through active participation and interaction with experts, primary documents, and exhibition objects.

Upcoming Programs

Gerda III: A Story from World War II with Howard Veisz
Date: Due to Winter Storm Juno, this program (which was originally scheduled for January 28) has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 4 from 4-6 p.m.
Price: free

GERDA IIIMystic Seaport volunteer and researcher Howard Veisz will speak about Gerda III, a wooden work boat built in 1926 for the Danish Lighthouse Service. Gerda III spent 60 years bringing supplies to the Drogden Lighthouse in the waters between Denmark and Sweden. During World War II, while continuing to perform her intended function, she took on other clandestine roles that established her place in history. Howard will discuss in-depth her profound impact upon the fate of so many Jewish people who escaped the terror of the Gestapo because of her heroic actions. By an act of the Danish Parliament, the Gerda III was donated to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. The vessel was restored to her wartime appearance, complete with neutral flags, by the J. Ring Andersen yard in Denmark. Mystic Seaport is proud to help care for the boat and exhibit her in the United States.

Pizza and beverages will be provided for participants so please RSVP to Krystal Rose to find out the location and more details: / 860.572.0711, ext. 5025.

The Historian as a Detective with Dr. Elysa Engelman
Date: Wednesday, February 11, 4-6 p.m.
Price: free

A University of Connecticut college student participates in a Museum workshop at  the Clark Greenman House.The world around us is filled with primary source material and clues about the past. It’s also filled with legends and stories that may or may not be “true.” Join Dr. Elysa Engelman to learn how to help your students navigate the art of inquiry and decipher the world around us. She’ll share how researching a historic house with a rumored Underground-Railroad connection led to a different story–a fugitive slave whose experience in New London triggered national coverage in the 1850s. She’ll also look at how you can use artwork, stories, and primary sources to help students unpack the impact of memory and myth on our popular understanding of the past.

Pizza and beverages will be provided for participants so please RSVP to Krystal Rose to find out the location and more details: / 860.572.0711, ext. 5025.

School-Year Professional Development Programs

Mystic Seaport provides workshops for primary and secondary school teachers and sessions may occur at your school or on Museum grounds. Workshops focus on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to illuminate history, and topics include maritime history, use of primary documents in the classroom, and how to use a museum as a teaching resource. Museum teachers are also available to do short presentations at teacher meetings.

Professional Development Programs

Please check back soon for dates. Some of the programs may take place online via Google+ Hangouts.

Previous 2014 professional development programs included “Using Mystic Seaport for Educators in Your Classroom” with Krystal Rose, Manager of Digital Education Initiatives at Mystic Seaport, and “African American Maritime History” with Dr. Glenn Gordinier.

Summer Professional Development Programs

Munson InstituteThe Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport offers dynamic and challenging graduate-level courses in American maritime history. During a six-week summer session, students may take two out of three possible courses for graduate credit or CEUs. Course selections include a Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research. Mystic Seaport serves as the unique campus for the courses, and students will also attend field seminars in New London, Stonington, and Newport. Anyone with a strong personal and academic interest in the sea may apply. For more information, call 860.572.0711, ext. 5089.