President’s Letters

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.


Mystic Seaport at 85

On Christmas Day, Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea quietly turned 85.


Giving Thanks

It would be trite or cliché to describe this newsletter edition as “Tis the Season,” but the fact of the matter is that there is no greater season of thanking and giving than the period of late November through December.

The proposed design of the 14,000 square-foot exhibit hall celebrates the craftsmanship of wooden ships. Image courtesy of Centerbrook Architects and Planners/Kent+Frost Landscape Architecture

A New Exhibit Hall

It has been a long time coming, but the plans are coming together for a new exhibition building on the northern part of the Mystic Seaport campus.

Autumn at Mystic Seaport

A Busy Start to Fall

September is always a busy month in many respects, even though there is a temptation to think that post Labor Day things will settle down. Our visitor numbers have been fantastic for August and September, the best for the past few years. Much attention is still directed to the Charles W. Morgan and the 38th Voyage project, and recently I had the pleasure of accepting the National Maritime Alliance’s Award of Distinction for the Museum’s work with the ship’s recent voyage.