President’s Letters

Mystic Seaport staff preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Giving Thanks

I’m glad to report that Hurricane Sandy’s arrival brought with it impressive winds and surge, but our staff’s response was once again exemplary.

Alexandra Alpert, Director of Membership and Volunteer Services, led the recognition of milestone members at the annual meeting.

Annual Meeting of Members

On September 21, Mystic Seaport held the 83rd Annual Meeting of Members, which is an opportunity for our members to hear reports on the state of Museum and to celebrate the milestone years of longtime members.

Autumn at Mystic Seaport

Fall is Our Second Summer

As I have said before, fall is a second summer for Mystic Seaport. The grounds are just as active and engaged, and we do not disappoint.

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An Election

Since early May, the management team at Mystic Seaport has been dealing with an effort by some of our employees to unionize through the AFT Connecticut.

The WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport

Setting Course for this Summer

By the time the E-Newsletter “goes to press” the WoodenBoat Show, along with the Small Craft Workshop, will have just packed up, leaving Mystic Seaport suddenly quiet yet with a feeling of accomplishment.

Welcome, summer!

Welcome, summer!

All the staff would agree how wonderful it is to have the public streaming back to the campus. It’s been a great start to the year, building on what was a successful end to fiscal year 2012 on April 30.

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.”

Leading the Way

Last month in a ceremony at the state Capitol in Hartford, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the State Senate declared the 2013-14 academic year to be the “Year of the Charles W. Morgan.”

Thomas Greenman Magnolia tree

Art and the Sea

April is traditionally a season associated with rebirth and beauty, a time of bird song and blooming flowers. Looking at the magnolia tree outside my office window, we are certainly well on our way to all of the joys of spring.

"Treasures from the Collections" features this oil Painting, "Ship in a Gale" by James E. Buttersworth MSM # 1949.3176

A Great Start

On March 31, we will open “Treasures of the Collections.” This exhibit takes a different perspective: Of the two million artifacts we have accessioned for their historic importance, which ones deserve appreciation for their artistic value?

Shipyard Director Quentin Snediker and MORGAN Historian Matthew Stackpole discuss the Charles W. Morgan restoration with visiting scholars at the January charrette.

A Busy Winter

With the help of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Museum invited 14 eminent maritime scholars to come to Mystic and help us plan the programming around the vessel’s 38th Voyage® in 2014.