President’s Letters

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.

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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.

Steve White presenting Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy with a Morgan trunnel at a press conference in Hartford announcing the academic year 2013-14 as the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan.”

Back to School

September first and Labor Day always trigger that “back to school” response at the end of summer, but while indeed school children head back to their classrooms the summer remains in full force at Mystic Seaport.

The 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan on the Museum's shiplift awaiting her launch.

The Launch and NEH Grants

According to Ric Burns, it was “the first totally good thing I’ve been to in 10 years” as he opened his keynote address at the launch on July 21.

The Charles W. Morgan was rolled out onto the Museum's shiplift on Wednesday, June 25.

A National Project

It was a grand sight to see the Charles W. Morgan move for the first time in more than four years as the Shipyard staff eased her out onto the lift dock in preparation for her launch.