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March 2018

A Traditional Music Class: Ballads, Chanteys, and Songs of the Sailor

March 31, 2018

This four-lesson series will sharpen your musical skills while exploring the rich connections between music and the sea.

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April 2018

Traditional Celestial Navigation using HO249

April 3, 2018 - April 5, 2018
Sextant

A fast-paced introduction to standard celestial navigation as it was practiced in the second half of the 20th century.

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Original Slow Food Movement

April 7, 2018 - April 18, 2018

Learn the art of open-hearth cooking in the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House.

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Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

April 7, 2018 - April 8, 2018
Sextant

A fast-paced introductory workshop in the history and the techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American vessels in the Age of Sail.

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Lighthouses, Cottages, Seals & Tales of Fishers Island Sound

April 7, 2018 - May 30, 2018

Captain Jack Spratt will present a survey of Fishers Island Sound from European settlement to the Hurricane of 1938, followed by a cruise aboard ENCORE.

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Behind the Canvas: William D. Hobbs

April 7, 2018

William has sought to explore those aspects of moving water that have always held his fascination.

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Modern Celestial Navigation

April 10, 2018 - April 12, 2018
Plath Sextant, 1930

A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective.

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Introduction to Coastal Navigation

April 14, 2018

This three-day workshop will provide a hands-on approach to determining your position using charts and features in the water and ashore.

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Pirate Days

April 17, 2018 - April 18, 2018

Avast, ye hearties, Mystic Seaport’s Pirate Days bring a treasure trove of fun for the whole family.

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First Impressions Printing Workshop

April 17, 2018
print shop

Adults sign up with your youngster and learn a brief history of printing and get hands-on instruction.

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First Impressions Printing Workshop

April 18, 2018
print shop

Adults sign up with your youngster and learn a brief history of printing and get hands-on instruction.

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Elizabeth Cottrell: Expedition to Arctic Volcanoes

April 19, 2018

Elizabeth will share her own experiences in the Arctic researching the awesome power and ancient wonders held within the earth.

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First Impressions Printing Workshop

April 19, 2018
print shop

Adults sign up with your youngster and learn a brief history of printing and get hands-on instruction.

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Lunars: Finding Longitude by Lunar Distances

April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018

An intermediate level class in the famous method of finding longitude by observing the Moon’s angular separation from the Sun and bright stars.

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May 2018

Original Slow Food Movement

May 5, 2018 - May 18, 2018

Learn the art of open-hearth cooking in the 1768 Buckingham-Hall House.

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Traditional Celestial Navigation using HO249

May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
Plath Sextant, 1930

A fast-paced introduction to standard celestial navigation as it was practiced in the second half of the 20th century.

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Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

May 8, 2018 - May 10, 2018

A fast-paced introductory workshop in the history and the techniques of celestial navigation as it was practiced aboard American vessels in the Age of Sail.

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James L. Nelson: From Tall Ships to Viking Longships

May 17, 2018

James will discuss the fascinating history of the Viking raiding, settling, and assimilating into Irish culture as well as share his own journey.

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The Vinland Map

May 19, 2018 - September 20, 2018
The Vinland Map. Photo courtesy Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

When it was first unveiled by Yale University in 1965, the Vinland Map immediately became one of the most valuable and controversial documents in the world.

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The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden

May 19, 2018 - September 22, 2018
Viking Helmet, 7th century. Copyright: Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum.

The exhibit includes priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass, and other artifacts dating back to the seventh century.

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Boating with Directions by Magnetic Compass

May 19, 2018

This workshop will teach the student to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass

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Members’ Annual Meeting and Recognition Day

May 19, 2018
Member Burgee

Please join us for reports on the state of the Museum and Board of Trustees Election, our Milestone Member Recognition (starting with those members celebrating their 20th year), and a Memorial Tribute for those whom we have lost this year. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served. The meeting will be followed by special insider tours for milestone members only. Tour and sign-up information will be sent to milestone members directly.

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Modern Celestial Navigation

May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

A fast-paced introduction to celestial navigation from a 21st century perspective.

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Decoration Day

May 28, 2018
Decoration Day

2018 is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Join us as we mark the day as they did in 1876.

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Fundamentals of Traditional Norse Boatbuilding

May 31, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Norse boatbuilding techniques

During this four-day, intensive class, participants will learn the fundamental boat building methods of the Viking Age.

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June 2018

Sea Music Festival

June 7, 2018 - June 10, 2018

Come hear an amazing array of performers from across the world perform traditional and contemporary maritime music.

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Boating with Directions by Magnetic Compass

June 9, 2018
A mariner's compass manufactured by Jonathan Eade, circa 1750. Such compasses were crucial tools to assist mariners in determining in which direction they were sailing. Image courtesy National Maritime Museum, London.

This workshop will teach the student to understand the Earth’s magnetic field and its influence on the compass

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Naturalization Ceremony

June 14, 2018

Mystic Seaport will be hosting a Naturalization Ceremony along with officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department.

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The WoodenBoat Show

June 22, 2018 - June 24, 2018
WoodenBoat Show

The festival, which is hosted in partnership with WoodenBoat Publications, celebrates the design and craftsmanship of wooden craft.

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July 2018

Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2018
Celebrate an 1876 Fourth of July at Mystic Seaport.

Join us as we celebrate America’s birthday circa 1876!

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Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous

July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018
Schooner BRILLIANT

Join us for the Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous, a dazzling display of high-quality antique and classic vessels including cruisers, sailboats and runabouts.

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Moby-Dick Marathon

July 31, 2018 - August 1, 2018
Moby-Dick Marathon

Join us for our annual 24-hour reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece, "Moby-Dick."

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August 2018

Model Yacht Regatta

August 3, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Model Yacht Regatta

J Class and International One Meter class models race off the north dock at Mystic Seaport.

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Antique Marine Engine Exposition

August 18, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Rich Voss, volunteer for Mystic Seaport, operates a two-cylinder steam-powered Lingerwood Steering Engine at the Antique Marine Engine Exposition at Mystic Seaport. Photo Credit: Mystic Seaport

Join us for the largest antique marine engine show in the nation.

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September 2018

Mystic River Oyster Festival

September 15, 2018

Celebrate the history, growing, and cuisine of the popular shellfish. Bring your appetite!

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