Professional Development

Dr. Glenn Gordinier and teachers during the African American History Google Hangout Teacher Professional Development workshop.

Dr. Glenn Gordinier, Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, leading an African American Maritime History professional development workshop. Teachers also participated in the workshop online via a Google Hangout.

School-Year Professional Development Programs

Mystic Seaport for EducatorsMystic Seaport hosts free monthly professional development workshops that provide teachers with “behind-the-scenes” tours and thematic workshops that correlate the Museum’s vast collections with classroom curriculum. Workshops show teachers how to utilize the Museum and its collections in their classrooms through active participation and interaction with experts, primary source documents, and exhibition objects. Topics range from immigration, whaling, and life at sea, navigation and nautical instruments to the Civil War and World War II. Each session will also highlight our website for teachers. The sessions are free and include pizza and beverages. For any questions or to reserve your spot please contact Krystal Rose:, 860.572.0711 ext. 5025.

Upcoming Programs


February 15: “Adventure, Discovery and Disaster: The New London Whaling Fleet in the Eastern Arctic” with Curator Fred Calabretta

March 15:Behind the Scenes of Mystic Seaport Virtual Programs” with Krystal Rose & John Boudreau

April 19:Hands-On! A Look into the Maritime Trades at Mystic Seaport” with Mystic Seaport Staff

May 10:Scaling the Solar System” with Treworgy Planetarium Supervisor, Brian Koehler

June 7: “Gerda III: A Story from WWII” with Gerda III Historian, Howard Veisz

Summer Professional Development Programs

Munson InstituteThe Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport offers dynamic and challenging graduate-level courses in American maritime history. During a six-week summer session, students may take two out of three possible courses for graduate credit or CEUs. Course selections include a Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research. Mystic Seaport serves as the unique campus for the courses, and students will also attend field seminars in New London, Stonington, and Newport. Anyone with a strong personal and academic interest in the sea may apply. For more information, call 860.572.0711, ext. 5089.