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George Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Washington’s Headquarters, Newburgh 17-19 February 2018

Newburgh, New York – Revolutionary War reenactors in uniforms fire a cannon at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site as part of George Washington’s birthday celebration on Feb. 18, 2012.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation invites the public to Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site (84 Liberty St, Newburgh, NY) to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday.  The event will be held February 17th, 18th and 19th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day, and our own NMHS Seminar Series Steering Committee Member Dr. Raymond Phillips will be doing a historical presentation on Sunday!  For additional schedule details and information, call 845-562-1195 or visit the Facebook Event Page  and check out the Daily Program.  Admission for all three days is free, though donations are appreciated.

There will be music, military demonstrations, historical presentations, and a take-home craft every day. Join us in singing “Happy Birthday” to The General, eat a piece of his birthday cake and enjoy all that each day has to offer.  The General will be greeting visitors in the historic headquarters with balladeer Thad McGregor offering musical entertainment in the dining room. On the grounds, reenactors will be performing military drills culminating at the end of the day with a review of the troops by the General himself. Troops that will be present each day are: Saturday – the 5th New York Regiment, Sunday – 4th Connecticut Regiment and Lamb’s Artillery, and Monday the 5th Connecticut Regiment.

The museum building will host a craft for visitors of all ages, along with offering interesting historical presentations. One such talk on Saturday will be about Mount Gulian during the Revolutionary War, and another will touch upon enslavement in the Hudson Valley. On Sunday, learn about George Washington’s health while residing in this area. On Monday, a reenactor will share her insights into portraying Martha Washington for a contemporary audience.

For additional schedule details and information, call 845-562-1195 or visit the Facebook Event Page.  Admission for all three days is free, though donations are appreciated.  Sponsorship for this program is provided by the Friends of the State Historic Sites of the Hudson Highlands, Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the Palisades Parks Conservancy.

Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site is a registered national historic landmark. It is located at the corner of Liberty and Washington Streets within the city of Newburgh’s East End Historic District. The site is one of 35 historic sites within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and is one of 28 facilities administered by the Palisades Inters Park Commission in New York and New Jersey. For further information contact: (845) 562-1195.  For more information about New York State Parks, please visit our website at


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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Receives $80K Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, has received an $80,000 grant from the Maryland Historical Trust’s Maryland Heritage Areas Authority program. The grant will help fund a new Small Craft Heritage Center project, projected to begin in 2017.

CBMM_MDHeritageGrant_SmallCraftCtr.-300x300The Small Craft Heritage Center will preserve and house the majority of CBMM’s smaller historic vessels currently stored in locations not accessible to CBMM members and guests. The museum preserves the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of the region’s watercraft, approximately 90 boats ranging in size from small gunning boats to the 65-foot 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

“With the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay water craft, CBMM is responsible for the maintenance and physical status of these crafts,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “This Center will bring more of CBMM’s collections to the public while expanding our educational programming opportunities and additional exhibition space.”

CBMM_SmallCraft-300x200“We are beyond thrilled to have this opportunity to share the majority of our Chesapeake Bay vessels with our guests and visitors, as only 45% of our watercraft collection is currently accessible to the public,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “The Small Craft Heritage Center will allow us to tell a more authentic and complete story of Chesapeake heritage.”


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Maine Maritime Museum is Seeking New Chief Curator

Photo: Ted Kerwin

Photo: Ted Kerwin

Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine, is seeking a new chief curator, to succeed the current chief curator, who is retiring in April of next year. From the MMM website:

The Chief Curator will play a key role in the leadership team and help the museum continue to grow and excel. The Chief Curator leads a curatorial staff of two plus interns and volunteers, and provides the creative leadership and management of the museum’s historic object, library, and archival collections; changing and permanent exhibits; and publications program.

Interested parties can find the full job posting at the Maine Maritime Museum website.

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CBMM Announces Boat Auction

CBMM_OverstockBoatAuction_April28-May1The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is holding its very first sealed-bid boat auction. Due to a large number of recent boat donations, up to 20 in-the-water boats—ranging in size and performance from cabin cruisers and sport fisherman to sailing yachts—will be auctioned off to each boat’s highest bidder. The boats will be available to preview at CBMM beginning on Thursday, April 28 and continuing during museum hours until all sealed bids are due at noon on Sunday, May 1.

A suggested value will be provided for each boat; sealed bids will be opened on Monday, May 2, with all successful bidders then notified of their purchases. Auctioned boats are sold as is, and must be removed from CBMM’s docks no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The museum will process all taxes and the transfer of title and registration for each successful bidder.

The spring overstock auction is in addition to CBMM’s annual Labor Day weekend live auction on Saturday, September 3, when more than 100 boats will be on land and in the water for the highest bidders to take home. Proceeds from both events benefit the children and adults served by the non-profit museum.

Through a generous grant from the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be addressing boater safety at the overstock sealed-bid auction by providing a 4-pack of life jackets with each boat auctioned off at the event.

Full details can be found here.

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South Street Receives $4.84 Million for Community Education Space

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) and the South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) have announced $4.8 million in federal funds for the renovation of SSSM’s Water Street properties as an education and community space. The proposed allocation is made possible by a grant from LMDC, which is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are being obtained through a $50 million legal settlement reached with Lend Lease Construction LMB Inc. (formerly Bovis Lend Lease LMB Inc.). LMDC formed a working group of state and city officials that conducted extensive reviews of the proposals, including site visits and interviews, and oversaw a public information session, during which dozens of community members presented and discussed various proposals.

Photo courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

Photo courtesy South Street Seaport Museum

“The South Street Seaport is where New York City began,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “These funds will be significant in ensuring the museum’s long-term vitality and ability to provide appropriate space for its extraordinary programming that documents that history.”

“We are thrilled that LMDC has once again moved to support the Seaport Museum,” said Captain Jonathan Boulware, the museum’s executive director. “This grant will support the renovation and activation of the Seaport Museum’s historic buildings in support of its education and community programs. Together with significant restorations of our ships, these new spaces will form the basis for outstanding programming.”

Notable recent achievements in the last year include revitalized education programming (with tripled attendance over last year), increased membership and public programs (more than doubled), installation of a new exhibit at 12 Fulton Street, and the reactivation of the 1893 schooner Lettie G. Howard as a sailing school vessel. In addition, the museum is nearing completion of a $13 million city-funded restoration of the 1885 ship Wavertree, which will return to the museum’s piers this summer.

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South Street Seaport Museum Announces New Exhibition

In celebration of the unparalleled restoration currently underway on its flagship, Wavertree, South Street Seaport Museum has announced its first post-Hurricane Sandy exhibition, Street of Ships: The Port and Its People. TSSSM_Collections_1991.078.0044he exhibition will debut on 17 March 2016, and will be open Wednesday–Sunday 11am–5pm in the museum’s main lobby at 12 Fulton Street.

Street of Ships: The Port and Its People showcases works of art and artifacts from the museum’s permanent collections related to the 19th-century history of the Port of New York, examining the decisive role played by the “Street of Ships” in securing New York’s place as America’s largest city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port by the start of the 20th century. The exhibition examines the life and current restoration of the museum’s 1885 full-rigged sailing cargo ship, Wavertree, an archetype of the impressive sailing ships that once called at South Street,  laying the groundwork for Wavertree’s return in July 2016 after the completion of a 15-month, $13 million city-funded restoration, the largest of its type in more than a generation. SSSM_Archives_Wavertree_History_Dismasted

Captain Jonathan Boulware, Executive Director of the Museum, exuded enthusiasm for the exhibition and for the return of Wavertree. “In the three years since Hurricane Sandy, much has been done to move this important New York institution forward. But nowhere is that work more evident than in the $13 million restoration of our flagship Wavertree. It’s a project unlike any undertaken in a generation. When she returns this summer, Wavertree will truly be a ship worthy of New York. This exhibition draws from the history of the Seaport, the birth of New York, and the people who have made both the district and the museum thrive. We’re absolutely thrilled to finally be bringing artifacts from the collection forward to the public for the first time since Sandy.”

In the early 19th Century, New York was just one among many cities competing for American commerce and trade, but by 1860 the Seaport at South Street was a center of world trade, linking New York to Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean, South America, and beyond. SSSM_Archives_ClipperCardManhattan’s population exploded from a mere 60,000 to nearly 1 million. South Street became known as the “Street of Ships,” its waterfront lined with sailing ships laden with goods from all over the world, creating a forest of masts from the Battery to the Brooklyn Bridge. The sheer volume of these vessels conducting world trade in New York directly fueled the economic and cultural development of the city. Bursting with the energy of global commerce, entrepreneurs at the Seaport developed better ways to trade.
Several 19th Century individuals and companies working at the Seaport exemplify the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that New York continues to be known for today.

Wavertree, built in Southampton, England, circled the globe four times in her career carrying a wide variety of cargoes. She called on New York in 1895, as one of hundreds like her berthed in the city. In 1910, after thirty-five years of sailing, she was caught in a Cape Horn gale that tore down her masts and ended her career as a cargo vessel. She was salvaged and used as a storage barge in South America before being acquired by South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. The story of her journey from Argentina to New York is told in Peter and Norma Stanford’s A Dream of Tall Ships: How New Yorkers came together to save the city’s sailing-ship waterfront

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Theodore W. Scull and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with additional support provided by Susan Kayser & Duane Morris LLP in memory of Salvatore Polisi
Admission is free for SSSM Members. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors (65+), Merchant Mariners, Active Duty Military, and students (valid ID); $6 for kids (ages 6-17) and free for children ages 5 and under.
The exhibition is on view through 2016.

Photos courtesy South Street Seaport Museum.

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Free Weekday Admission to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in February

CBMM_FreeinFebruaryThanks to generous sponsor support, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be offering free admission Monday through Friday during the month of February. Free admission covers access to the entire museum, including the working boatyard and 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, as well as numerous permanent and changing exhibitions along CBMM’s waterfront campus in historic St. Michaels, MD.

The Free in February program includes President’s Day, and is made possible through the generous sponsor support of the Talbot Bank and Awful Arthur’s of St. Michaels, MD. Guests will also receive a voucher for a 15% discount off of a meal at Awful Arthur’s on the day of the museum visit.

CBMM_FreeinFebruary_Boatshop“Winter offers a great time to explore our 12 exhibition buildings and beautiful campus, especially while enjoying the town’s great restaurants, shops, hotels and inns,” said CBMM’s President Kristen Greenaway. “We have a great number of inside exhibitions for all ages to enjoy, the waterfowl are abundant along a quieter harbor and the Miles River, and you can see great things happening in our boatyard as education programs and the restoration of our historic fleet of Chesapeake vessels ramp up in the colder months.”

CBMM_FreeinFebruary_BroadReachGuests can also take in the exhibition  A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, which features 50 significant objects that have been accessioned into the museum’s collection over the past 50 years, presented on both floors of the Steamboat Building. The exhibition will be closing to the public in 2016.

Admission will be free weekdays in February for all museum guests. General admission is otherwise good for two consecutive days and is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with ID, $6 for children 6-17, and free for museum members and children five and under. The museum is open 10 AM to 4 PM seven days a week, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.



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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Receives Grant for Education Programs

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has been given a $60,000 grant from the Wallace Genetic Foundation of Washington, DC, to expand the reach of its educational programming. The funds will support a new boatshop educational program for local sixth graders, and a new bus scholarship program that helps more students from throughout the Delmarva region participate in CBMM’s curriculum-based programs and field trips. The museum is seeking additional support for full funding and anticipates launching both programs in 2016.

CBMM_6thGradeBoatyardProgram_Oct2015-239x300The boatshop program is a pilot initiative in collaboration with the YMCA of the Chesapeake and the Academy Art Museum of Easton. The museum plans to offer two six-week afterschool boatbuilding sessions to Talbot County sixth-grade students. During the pilot program, students will learn woodworking and boatbuilding during fall and winter sessions, and in the warmer months will be invited to participate in on-the-water activities on CBMM small craft and other vessels, where they will be introduced to basic navigational and maritime skills through safe, supportive, and fun experiences. Students enrolled in the program will have the option of continuing on as an after-school participant, joining CBMM’s Apprentice for a Day (AFAD) program, or exploring the other athletic or artistic activities offered by the YMCA of the Chesapeake and the Academy Art Museum respectively.

The museum’s new bus scholarship program is designed to boost student visitation from states throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, prioritizing Title 1 schools, providing disadvantaged students the opportunity to explore the Chesapeake first-hand. Museum president Kristen Greenaway  points out: “Bus transportation can regularly cost upwards of $500 for a half-day field trip. By creating a bus scholarship program that will reimburse schools for up to $300 per bus, we will be able to expand our reach to area schoolchildren that have not previously been able to visit the museum.”

The museum is also developing a program for Talbot County’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to participate in week-long camp sessions, offered in collaboration with the YMCA of the Chesapeake. When full funding is met, CBMM plans to condense its six-week after-school session into a week-long, full-day summer camp. The existing boatbuilding and maritime activities will be enriched by off-site trips to outdoor destinations that complement the Chesapeake maritime theme, while underscoring self-discovery, personal achievement, exploration, and fun for each participant.


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20th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The New Bedford Whaling Museum will mark its 20th marathon reading of Moby-Dick the weekend of 7–10 January. The reading will begin at noon on Saturday, 9 January and include more than 150 participants reading short passages from the novel; it will last 25 hours. Tie-in events include the opening of the exhibit Oásis by Nuno Sá, Portugal’s most awarded wildlife photographer, the dedication of the museum’s Herman Melville Room, a Moby-Dick-inspired dinner (a ticketed event), and a lecture. The exhibition Mapping Ahab’s “Storied Waves”: Whaling and the Geography of Moby-Dick will make its debut as well.

image: New Bedford Whaling Museum

image: New Bedford Whaling Museum

Prior to the reading, the museum will test the Moby-Dick trivia mastery of Melville Society Cultural Project members with Stump the Scholars. Once the reading marathon begins, readings held around the museum will be interspersed with performances and music; and select passages will be read in languages other than English. The museum will also host an abridged reading for children, as well as an abridged one conducted in Portuguese.

For more information, visit the event website.



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Peking will Return to Hamburg

The South Street Seaport Museum has announced that the 1911 barque Peking will return to Hamburg, Germany, to serve as the centerpiece of that city’s new waterfront museum.

Photo: Bob-AthinsonLaunched at Hamburg’s Blohm & Voss shipyard, Peking was one of the famed Flying P line sailing for the Reederei F. Laeisz in the nitrate and wheat trade around Cape Horn. One of only four surviving ships of the Flying P fleet—the others are Kruzhenstern (ex-Padua), Pommern, and PassatPeking was made famous by sailing legend Irving Johnson. In 1929 Johnson and his friend Charles Brodhead signed on as paying passengers aboard the barque, with the intention of soaking up the experience of sailing a tall ship, working with the crew as much as they could get away with it. The experience was captured both in Johnson’s book The Peking Battles Cape Horn,  which can be found in the NMHS bookstore) and the film Around Cape Horn, available through Mystic Seaport.

Peking came to the South Street Seaport Museum in 1975, joining the Liverpool-built Wavertree of 1885, Ambrose, Pioneer and Lettie G. Howard. In recent years, however, South Street determined that financial realities would not support two such large ships, given the cost of maintaining them in good condition.  Capt. Jonathan Boulware, executive director of the Seaport Museum, summed it up:

“South Street Seaport Museum has long worked to maintain a fleet of well-maintained, relevant historic ships at her East River piers. The idea of recreating the “Street of Ships” is an important one, but what is clear is that two huge sailing ships are a crushing burden of maintenance. Our 1885 ship Wavertree, currently the subject of a $13 million city-funded restoration project, is the right ship for the Seaport Museum and for New York. Wavertree called at New York. She is the type of ship that built New York. Peking has a similar relationship to Hamburg. With the return of Wavertree in the middle of 2016, there will again be a huge square-rigged sailing ship at South Street  in outstanding condition. Peking will return to Hamburg, the city of her birth, and there be cared for in much the same way. This is good for the Seaport Museum and it’s good for Peking.”

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