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.
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.
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.
We could not achieve all that we aspire toward without the aid and support or our many partners.
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.
Know thy audience and write or speak directly to them. Perhaps Twain said that, or was it Thoreau?
If you know Mystic Seaport, you know the Rosenfeld Collection…perhaps the finest photography collection of any kind, but certainly the finest maritime.
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.
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.
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.