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April 2018

First Impressions Printing Workshop

April 18
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

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
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 - April 22

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

Traditional Celestial Navigation using HO249

May 5 - May 6
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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Original Slow Food Movement

May 5
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One event on an unspecified date at 4:30pm

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

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Celestial Navigation in the Age of Sail

May 8 - May 10

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

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 - September 30
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 - September 30
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

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
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 - May 27

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

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Decoration Day

May 28
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 - June 3
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 - June 10

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

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Boating with Tides and Tidal Currents

June 9
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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Plein Air Painters of the Maritime Gallery

June 12 - June 16

Artists can be found on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport capturing the shifting light along the Mystic River.

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Naturalization Ceremony

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

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Plein Air Painters Exhibition

June 16 - September 23

The Maritime Gallery's latest show will present original art of the Museum grounds and environs.

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Viking Days

June 16 - June 17
Detail of a Viking Helmet from THE VIKINGS BEGIN Opening at Mystic Seaport in May 2108

The Vikings are coming to Mystic Seaport! Did you know that Vikings never wore helmets with horns? Or that the term “Viking” is actually a verb used by the Scandinavian people for when the men took time out of their summers to go “Viking?” Another etymology derives “viking” from the noun “vik”, meaning creek, inlet, or small bay. Two related exhibitions will coincide at Mystic Seaport this spring. The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden, one of the world’s…

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The WoodenBoat Show

June 22 - June 24
WoodenBoat Show

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

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Small Craft Workshop

June 22 - June 24
Small Craft Workshop

Share your small craft with other registered boaters during this three-day celebration.

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July 2018

Independence Day Celebration

July 4
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 - July 29
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 - August 1
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 11

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

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Antique Marine Engine Exposition

2018 Engine Show Featured Engine c.1895 Naphtha Launch Engine, manufactured by New York Gas Engine and Power Company in Morris Heights, NY, It has 3 cylinders and generates about 2 HP. Owned by James Wright, Stonington, CT.

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

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September 2018

Mystic River Oyster Festival

September 15

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

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Coastweeks Regatta

September 16
Coastweeks Regatta

Watch rowers race along the Mystic River at our annual regatta.

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By Land and By Sea: Antique Vehicle Show

September 23
2018 featured vehicle is a 1910 Stanley Model 70 steam car, 2 cylinders, 20 HP. It is owned by John Linderman of Glastonbury, CT.

See more than 100 antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles as they take over the grounds.

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International Marine Art Exhibition and Sale

September 28, 2018 - December 31, 2018

A juried show showcasing the recent work of the world's leading marine artists.

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October 2018

Chowder Days

October 6 - October 8

Enjoy a variety of chowders and other seasonal delights at our annual Columbus Day Weekend event.

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