Thank you, Members.

The first Civil War Naval Encampment at Mystic Seaport took place June 1-2, 2013.

The first Civil War Naval Encampment at Mystic Seaport took place June 1-2, 2013.

There is no better time to be a member of Mystic Seaport! June is traditionally one of our busiest months and this year is certainly no exception with the first-ever Civil War Naval Encampment, the 34th Annual Sea Music Festival, the 22nd Annual WoodenBoat Show, and the Small Craft Workshop. In just one month, members get to experience some of the very best maritime traditions at Mystic Seaport, each one of them worthy of a membership in and of themselves. These events, in addition to all the other offerings throughout the Museum, give the visitor the special opportunity to engage with our shared maritime heritage in unique and memorable ways. And of special note this month, is the emergence of the Charles W. Morgan from her plastic cocoon. In preparation for moving her to the lift dock for her launch, the protective sheeting and scaffolding that have sheltered her for the better part of two years are being peeled away to reveal the ship once again whole. The Launch, July 21, is free for members and a historic day for the vessel and the Museum. Please join us!

But as one steps back to ask “why be a member,” it’s not just about these events to which your membership provides access. Indeed, unlimited access to the grounds and discounts on programs is the privilege of membership. However, your membership provides great benefit to the Museum, as the revenue from membership dues helps Mystic Seaport be the steward of our nation’s most significant maritime collection along the historic banks of the Mystic River. Admission revenue is important to the operating model, but it is the combined impact of membership and the Annual Fund (from largely the same people) that sustains the Museum and the “Seaport experience” we value, which hopefully inspires new visitors to become members and thus continue the important chain of stewardship.

More than half of the Museum’s 16,000 member households have been members for 25 years or more! It is this loyalty that will ensure the future sustainability and success of Mystic Seaport. Our members, along with a dedicated volunteer corps and successful philanthropic effort, continue to make Mystic Seaport stand out as the leading maritime museum in the world. Combined, they equal the core of the Mystic Seaport community that supports and sustains the efforts of our staff, who connect both the casual and intentional visitor to our mission and our nation’s maritime heritage. But the support all begins with the important act of becoming members… loyal supporters who both realize and appreciate that their continuous membership support is the foundation for the Museum’s 84 years of maritime museum excellence. Thank you for your commitment to Mystic Seaport, your faith in our efforts, and your stewardship of authenticity.

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