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2021 Seminar Series Schedule

The NMHS Seminar Series was founded in 1992 under the auspices of the National Maritime Historical Society to build greater awareness of the rich maritime heritage of the Hudson River Valley and the world at large, and to create a constituency to advocate for our maritime legacy.  Through its monthly lecture series and annual outreach events, the NMHS Seminar Series provides educational programs about our waters and the great community of people who love ships and mariners, the sea, rivers, and bays.  Members of the general public are encouraged to attend.

Seminars are free to attend, with a suggested $10 Seminar Guest donation.  For more information or to register, email or call 914 737-7878 x 0.

New England Coast Guard Stories - Dyke Hendrickson LR

New England Coast Guard Stories: Remarkable Mariners
Zoom Seminar with Author & Journalist Dyke Hendrickson

Saturday, 23 January 2021: Welcome & Lecture at 11:00 AM ET

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In 1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton asked President George Washington to fund a fleet of “revenue cutters” that could halt smuggling and collect taxes in U.S. waters.  Today, from northern Maine to southern Connecticut, the Coast Guard provides the might and the oversight to ensure that the coastlines are safe and navigable.  From icebreaking and harrowing rescues to the global war on terror, the service plays a unique role in the region.  Join us as author Dyke Hendrickson profiles the varied careers and contributions of the brave men and women throughout New England who ensure the service remains Semper Paratus – Always Ready.

COVID 19 and the Maritime Industry - Sal Mercogliano LR

The Impact of COVID 19 on the Maritime Industry
Zoom Seminar with History Professor Dr. Sal Mercogliano

Saturday, 27 February 2021: Welcome & Lecture at 11:00 AM ET

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On February 5, 2020, Japanese officials in Yokohama, Japan quarantined the cruise ship Diamond Princess of Princess Cruise Lines when it was reported that 10 passengers were experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms on board.  In the days and weeks that followed, the entirety of the global shipping networks, from containerships to tankers and bulk carriers were impacted by the pandemic.  The disruption by COVID-19 is the most significant event to hit the world’s oceans since the Second World War. Join us as Dr. Sal Mercogliano, Associate Professor of History at Campbell University, explains COVID-19’s widespread and devastating effect on the world’s maritime industries.

Prize Papers - Tom Truxes - Courtesy of Gottingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities 2

Image courtesy Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Great Britain’s High Court of Admiralty “Prize Papers”
Zoom Seminar with Author Thomas M. Truxes
Saturday, 20 March 2021: Welcome and Lecture at 11:00 AM ET

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The “Prize Papers” is a massive collection of largely uncatalogued documents made up of vast amounts of material taken off vessels captured by the English navy between the mid-seventeenth century and the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  It is by far the largest untapped resource on maritime life in the early modern period.  It is estimated that as many as 85,000 pieces of correspondence are contained in the HCA “Prize Papers” at the British National Archives. Join us as author Thomas M. Truxes, Clinical Professor of Irish Studies and History at New York University, gives us a fascinating look at this historical maritime treasure.

Craig Edwards and Geoff Kaufman

Craig Edwards and Geoff Kaufman at Mystic Seaport Museum

Sea Shanties and Sailor Songs
Zoom Seminar and Performance with Musical Historian Craig Edwards
Saturday, 17 April 2021: Welcome and Lecture at 11:00 AM ET

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Back on 21 January this year, you may have read NMHS senior staff writer Shelley Reid’s Sea History Today post on the recent phenomenon of sea shanties taking the internet by storm.  At the time of writing, “Soon May the Wellerman Come,” performed by the folk group The Longest Johns, was at the top of the music service Spotify’s viral hit songs. How is it that the “rock and roll of 1752″—as it was called in the movie Fisherman’s Friends—is so popular right now?  Craig Edwards—musician, ethnomusicologist, longtime staff musician at Mystic Seaport Museum, and former director of the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival—will speak and perform for us at this very special seminar, held jointly with the Hendrick Hudson Free Library.


Lisa Egeli Painting

Live Painting Demonstration & Discussion 
Zoom Seminar with ASMA Artist Lisa Egeli 

Wednesday, 23 June 2021: Welcome & Demonstration at 6:00 PM ET

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Raised in a renovated farmhouse along the St. Mary’s River in southern Maryland, third-generation artist Lisa Egeli began painting the world around her at a young age.  As current president of The American Society of Marine Artists, Ms. Egeli has said, “My experience as both a member and leader of ASMA has brought me into a community of incredible artists whose purpose continues to be to recognize and preserve maritime history.  Art is an amazing way to do that.”  See some of Lisa’s impressive paintings in the spring 2020 Sea History feature article on her work, and join us as she gives us a plein air painting demonstration of Chesapeake Bay’s historic shoreline.

The artist has generously agreed to auction the resulting 9″ x 12″ painting, created before your very eyes, with all proceeds to benefit the National Maritime Historical Society.  Bid high and bid often on this one-of-a-kind piece at the Lisa Egeli Plein Air Painting Auction.  The auction ends one day after the seminar, on Thursday, 24 June 2021 at 6 pm ET.


Upcoming Seminars – Save the Dates! 

Saturday, 25 September 2021
Saturday, 6 November 2021
Saturday, 4 December 2021

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