President’s Letters


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.

Back to School!

As a former educator, I still can’t seem to shake off my old profession that awakens with the onset of Labor Day. Even though it has been almost six years now since joining Mystic Seaport, I can’t help but respond to the internal clock that signals the beginning of a new school year, even though for […]

From the President

One Powerful Thing As the homecoming of the Morgan looms later this week, we find our 38th Voyage emotions, almost three months after it began, changing from anticipation to reflection. What a marvelously successful undertaking the Voyage has been and what a great accomplishment for the staff, volunteers, friends, and donors of Mystic Seaport and the […]

CHARLES W. MORGAN enters New Bedford harbor on June 25, 2014.

New Bedford Homecoming!

As the CHARLES W. MORGAN made the turn from Martha’s Vineyard Sound through Quick’s Hole and set sail, it was clearly on the minds of all aboard the Morgan that the final segment of her historic homeward leg on Buzzards Bay was upon us.

The Charles W. Morgan went under Mystic's Bascule Bridge on May 17 for the first time since November, 1941.


We are grateful for the outpouring of emotion and appreciation for the Morgan’s long restoration voyage and the preparation for her return to sea.

38th Voyage

A Big Year

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.

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.