From the President
Late the following Monday, we received some remarkable news. Amanda Thompson Riegel, in a congratulatory and grateful email, shared with me how pleased they were with their visit and all of the Thompson Building-related events. In fact, they were so inspired by what they had seen and experienced that Amanda and her mother decided to make an additional $1 million gift to our campaign! Their gift, coupled with an additional $150,000 from Peggy and Grant Cambridge that Saturday, fulfilled the goal of the Museum in Motion Campaign, three months ahead of schedule. This leaves us additional time for new gifts to surpass the goal and to fund additional important priorities for Mystic Seaport in keeping with the high standards set with this project. I think you will agree with me that this is a significant achievement for Mystic Seaport, especially following on the heels of the Morgan’s restoration and her 38th Voyage. Thank you all for your help and encouragement along the way.
The new building stands as a strong symbol for Mystic Seaport as we enter what we are calling the “Era of Exhibitions.” Our first exhibition in the Thompson Building’s Collins Gallery, “Sea-Change,” opens December 10. It will feature important, diverse objects from our collections that expose us to important aspects of our maritime history and help us see how things have changed and evolved over time. The exhibition itself will complement the beautiful space inside the Gallery and help us celebrate the design and feel of the space. In the first quarter of 2017, we’ll open two additional new exhibitions within the McGraw Quad, making Mystic Seaport an exciting place to be throughout the winter of 2017!
Back to something much more current, we welcome the Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre on Sunday at approximately 11 a.m. It will be the final destination for the ship during her Expedition America 2016. The ship will winter over at Mystic Seaport, after being open to the public October 3-10. We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to see a vessel that is true to form and being sailed on an epic voyage to celebrate the history of Viking exploration. We are honored to be her winter home before she begins the second phase of her voyage in the spring of 2017. She left Norway on April 26, and has visited Iceland, Greenland, Canada, and the U.S., prior to her final stop here in Mystic. Please join us Sunday morning as she glides up the river.