From the President
A Month of Inspiration
There is always so much to look forward to in the month of June at Mystic Seaport, but before looking forward, I’d like to make a comment about the past. On Friday, May 20, during the first day of our annual spring Board of Trustees meeting, we dedicated the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle in memory of Donald C. McGraw, Jr. Don was a believer in Mystic Seaport during his many years as a member, as a visitor on his boat(s), and as the chairman of our National Council of Advisors. In fact, Don was such a believer in Mystic Seaport that he committed generous financial resources to the Museum so that it could thrive for future generations. Don’s commitment to us came in the latter years of his life, and when he passed, Mystic Seaport was handsomely remembered in his estate plan which included a gift of 24 James E. Buttersworth paintings to the Museum’s permanent collection. It is fitting that Mystic Seaport chose to dedicate the Gallery Quadrangle in his memory, as it integrates all of the Museum’s formal exhibition spaces, anchored by the new Thompson Exhibition Building now under construction. Don saw Mystic Seaport as an opportunity for people to grow and learn, and through his generosity and with the creation of the McGraw Gallery Quadrangle, we have guaranteed that those experiences will continue for many generations to come.
Now looking forward, the activity at Mystic Seaport in the month of June is nothing short of inspiring. It begins with the Sea Music Festival, a four-day tribute to the traditions of music and story that define so much of America’s maritime heritage. Staff chanteyman Geoff Kaufman and his team have created another memorable weekend that brings together multiple generations of scholars and performers. How wonderful it is that such a tradition can be carried forward here at Mystic Seaport.
During the month of June, we also have some very special visiting boats here. The yacht America, a replica of the racing schooner that won the Royal Yacht Squadron’s race in 1851, which established the famous America’s Cup trophy, will be here from June 11 to 14, and the Bermuda sloop Spirit of Bermuda, a 112-foot replica of a three-masted Royal Navy sloop-of-war from the 18th century, will be here from June 12 to 14. Both vessels will offer visitors an opportunity to go on board, and participate in special activities.
For more information about these vessels and planned activities, see:
June is also the month of what is now the annual WoodenBoat Show, which is one of the defining moments of the year for the Museum and also happens to be celebrating it 25th anniversary in 2016. Boat builders, restorers, designers, collectors, and tradesmen of all types share their knowledge with more than 10,000 eager and equally dedicated visitors.
This year, the WoodenBoat Show welcomes a special guest, Hōkūle‘a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe from Hawaii. She will be making a stop at Mystic Seaport from June 23 to 28, during her multi-year circumnavigation of the globe to raise awareness of Polynesian maritime culture and ocean conservation. For more information about the vessel and planned activities, see Hōkūle‘a visits Mystic Seaport on our website.
I hope to see you out on the grounds!