We Have Much To Be Thankful For

The timing of this newsletter falls on the heels of Thanksgiving, so it is only appropriate that I share a big THANK YOU with the Mystic Seaport community. Let me begin by saying that given all that’s been going on in the world as of late, from where we sit here along the Mystic River, there is indeed much to be thankful for. While I know you join me in sharing thoughts of thanks with friends, neighbors, and the non-profit groups that seek to serve and improve our communities, please allow me to share just three of my thank you’s.

First, I wish to thank the entire Mystic Seaport staff for their dedication to the mission of Mystic Seaport, for the interest they demonstrate for every visitor who joins us, and for the care and concern they share for each other, particularly for those individuals facing challenges. How fortunate we are that the Museum attracts such a diverse and talented group of staff members who bring their expertise to bear on the wide-ranging offerings and experiences we offer. One can only imagine the cumulative strength of staff member after staff member who have over the past 87 years contributed to the community we know today. Just recently, I met with an individual whose first job as an adult was at Mystic Seaport, and imagine his pleasure in recalling an orientation tour he gave to the late Howard Davis, a shipwright and interpreter and longtime fixture at the Museum, some fifty years ago! We are today an amalgamation of all those who have served before us, and for that I and my colleagues are exceedingly grateful.

Second, I am enormously grateful for the chance to reside in the greater Mystic area which has so much to offer all of its residents. When we consider the overall quality of life, the opportunities for enrichment, the diversity of our fellow citizens, and the region as a whole, it’s hard to imagine that there is a better place to live. Beginning with the indigenous peoples who found this region to possess its own magic and bounty, we too have come to find the meeting of the river and the sea to possess a soul that resonates with the residents such that folks rarely want to leave. We are especially fortunate to live today in a region that is peaceful and blessed with such resources.

Third, I wish to express my gratitude for my family and friends whose love, care, and support for each other provide the strength we need to persevere through challenges within our own communities as well those we face as a nation and as a global society. I’m grateful to be part of such a vibrant team, and I hope that as you read this, you also can attest to the strength you receive from those with whom you are the closest. Now more than ever we depend on each other to enable us to move forward and to make contributions wherever we can to enhance the lives of those around us.

In conclusion, I ask that when you next visit Mystic Seaport that you thank a staff member for his or her contributions to the Mystic Seaport experience; I ask that you express your gratitude in one form or another for this great community; and I ask that you take the time to thank your family and those around you for all they do to make our lives better. I thank you for your membership and your keen interest in the Museum, and I look forward to seeing you when you are next on campus.


Steve White