Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea

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Your life is shaped by the sea in ways you never imagined.

This poster, on display in “Voyages,” was designed in 1918 by Howard Chandler Christy, one of a number of well-known commercial artists commissioned to lend their talents to recruiting efforts after the U.S. entered World War I in 1917. 
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Whether you live in Connecticut or Colorado, New York or New Mexico, your life is being shaped by the sea in ways you might never have imagined before. Join us on voyages across oceans, lakes, and rivers. Travel through time with us to share the experiences of immigrants, ocean traders, explorers, fishermen, artists, warriors, and even vacationers.

Mystic Seaport’s signature exhibition, “Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea,” is comprised with art, artifacts, audio and video programs illustrating how Americans have been and still are connected to the sea.

A book of a different sort

While walking through the exhibition, 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.”