President’s Letters

Mystic Seaport Board of Trustees Chairman Barclay Collins (right) presents Nathaniel Philbrick (center) with the 2015 America and the Sea Award in New York City on October 14, 2015. Standing behind the podium is Museum President Steve White.

Writing Stem to Stern with Nathaniel Philbrick

One of the pleasures of my position is the opportunity to help our staff develop new programs and new ways for us to engage children and students in meaningful ways. Our recent gala in New York City when we honored author Nathaniel Philbrick with the 2015 America and the Sea Award was one such opportunity. […]


Celebrating Members

The 86th Members’ Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 26, was a great success with milestone members from numerous generations in attendance.

 What’s Your Longitude?

It’s an exhilarating moment when one loses sight of land for the first time. Remember yours?

The schooner BRILLIANT

The Magic of Eggemoggin Reach

Maine’s Penobscot Bay has to be one of the finest places to sail on the East Coast in mid-summer.

Voyaging In-the-Wake-of-the-Whalers

New and Improved for Summer

The arrival of June and the summer season is always an exciting time at the Museum, and this year is no exception–in fact, summer 2015 is shaping up to be quite remarkable. Fresh on the heels of a very successful Salute to Summer and Decoration Day, we enter hard at work to open a series of exhibits this month that will provide a new and enhanced experience the next time you visit.



Along with the anticipated warmer temperatures, spring is also a period filled with various professional development opportunities across the Museum field relating to much of Mystic Seaport’s mission. These opportunities are of great value as we gather with colleagues from diverse museums and backgrounds to discuss trends, to share perspectives, and to stay current with the newest advances.

witch hazel bush

Not Soon Enough!

To add insult to injury and to heap more snow on already historic amounts, we received two inches of fresh snow on March 28. We awoke the next morning to a scene more typical of January at Mystic Seaport than the second week of spring. What a winter it has been!


Mystic Seaport Families

Over the past eight-plus decades, the Museum has thrived in part due to the tremendous leadership and generosity of a few dedicated multi-generational Mystic Seaport families that include: Mallory, Schaefer, Ridgway, Chubb, Vietor, duPont, and McGraw.


Two Must-Have Maritime Books

Two new maritime books have recently hit the shelves and Mystic Seaport has had an important role in both of them.