President’s Letters

CHARLES W. MORGAN enters New Bedford harbor on June 25, 2014.

New Bedford Homecoming!

As the CHARLES W. MORGAN made the turn from Martha’s Vineyard Sound through Quick’s Hole and set sail, it was clearly on the minds of all aboard the Morgan that the final segment of her historic homeward leg on Buzzards Bay was upon us.

The Charles W. Morgan went under Mystic's Bascule Bridge on May 17 for the first time since November, 1941.

Grateful

We are grateful for the outpouring of emotion and appreciation for the Morgan’s long restoration voyage and the preparation for her return to sea.

38th Voyage

A Big Year

As we closed the 2014 fiscal year on April 30, I’d like to thank the entire Mystic Seaport community for making it such a successful year. The staff’s work on the Charles W. Morgan and related projects has been inspiring, and in every corner of the Museum efforts have been ongoing to make the 38th Voyage, literally a traveling exhibit, memorable not only from an historic point of view, but also with respect to public history and current museum best practice.

Captain Kip Files

In Honor of Captains

A friend of the Museum recently surprised me with an interesting letter which included a poem by Stephen Vincent Benet called “Clipper Ships and Captains.” I had not read this poem before, but I found that it spoke of two things so important to us at Mystic Seaport: captains and great ships.

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Museum Advocacy

On February 24 and 25, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) hosted its 6th annual Museums Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. Mystic Seaport has participated each year in this important event, and this year Susan Funk, executive vice president of Mystic Seaport, and I attended.

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It’s a Partnership

We could not achieve all that we aspire toward without the aid and support or our many partners.

38th Voyage

The Final Countdown Begins

The long-anticipated year is now here, and what a busy, momentous one it will be as the final countdown to the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage begins.

Brandt Point Lighthouse

Holiday Magic

Know thy audience and write or speak directly to them. Perhaps Twain said that, or was it Thoreau?

Morris Rosenfeld on the job in 1938. ©Mystic Seaport, Rosenfeld Collection, Charles Edwin Bolles, photographer.

The Power of Photography

If you know Mystic Seaport, you know the Rosenfeld Collection…perhaps the finest photography collection of any kind, but certainly the finest maritime.

Barclay Collins speaking at the annual Members' Meeting on September 27.

Changing of the Guard

With a River Room jam-packed with milestone members and Mystic Seaport staff and friends, on September 27 the Members’ Annual Meeting elected the slate of trustees and witnessed the change of leadership from Chairman Richard Vietor to new Chairman J. Barclay Collins II.