From the President
Back to School!
As a former educator, I still can’t seem to shake off my old profession that awakens with the onset of Labor Day. Even though it has been almost six years now since joining Mystic Seaport, I can’t help but respond to the internal clock that signals the beginning of a new school year, even though for Mystic Seaport the beginning of September marks the end of our high summer season and welcomes in the glorious and busy fall season. Just recently, we were reminded of the importance of the academic clock when we hosted a three-day professional development retreat for the Connecticut Teachers of the Year. It was a marvelous opportunity to expose the state’s finest teachers to the many strengths that exist at Mystic Seaport so they could take back to their classrooms and districts what they learned from each other and what they gained from the collections and staff here at the Museum. More and more, we are being seen as an institution that can add tremendous value to the teaching and learning in our public and independent schools, and we were extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to broaden our professional development outreach and to make our primary source materials available to this audience.
The 2014-15 academic year at Mystic Seaport promises to be the best ever. Earlier in the year, we were the recipients of a $500,000 grant from a private foundation to fund critical ongoing elements of our digital education program. That funding guarantees that we will fulfill the development of the next phase of the program, ensuring that great tools and access to our collections will be available to teachers and students in a compelling and engaging manner. This fall we enter the third year of the roll out of our digital education opportunities featured within our Mystic Seaport for Educators website. How fortunate the Museum is to have received this significant support for our goals that include putting valuable primary source materials regarding our nation’s maritime history in the hands of teachers and students. If this program interests you at all, please be sure to visit the Mystic Seaport for Educators website by going to the Mystic Seaport website and check out LEARN in the navigation bar. There you will find Online Resources for Educators.
Whether your children or grandchildren are going back to school (or perhaps yourself), please use this annual calendar change to find engaging opportunities for learning or for sharing your knowledge with those who might benefit. It is after all our responsibility to share our perspective and knowledge as best we can and to honor the important process of understanding. At the very least, pick up a book from the Museum’s bookstore!
Finally, be sure to visit the Museum this fall to see the Charles W. Morgan before too much time passes, while the memories are fresh and while she looks her very best. There is no doubt that her 38th Voyage represented the extraordinary talents of all the staff and volunteers who were so involved in the restoration, preparation, and the voyage. In very tangible ways her return to Chubb’s Wharf represents the success of their work. Come celebrate it….again and again!