Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum America's Cup Hall of Fame
Herreshoff Marine Museum
America's Cup Hall of Fame


2018 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Annual Lecture Series brings the knowledge of established authors, sailors, and experts directly to the public. Learn from some of the best sailors, writers, historians, and accomplished individuals amongst historic Herreshoff Boats and the America’s Cup Hall of Fame. Tickets are availble online at herreshoff.org/store or at the door the day of the event.

The 2018 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, and Gowrie Group

Reception begins at 6:00pm
Lecture begins at 7:00pm

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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April 19th, 2018
"Reflections on a Mermaid: Roy Lichtenstein (1994)" presented by Ted Bogosian, Kevin Mahaney, & Eric Goetz

Exclusive, extensive, intimate and never-before-shown documentary coverage of one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century contextualizes Roy Lichtenstein’s creative process during in-studio creation, gallery openings and installations of his internationally-renowned Mermaid collection.
REFLECTIONS ON A MERMAID also chronicles the creative quest of the U.S. Olympic medal-winning sailor Kevin Mahaney, who skippered the 1995 America’s Cup contender Young America that is famously covered by Lichtenstein’s Mermaid.  Seeking to cement his legacy and demystify Lichtenstein’s creative process, Mahaney aspires toward an unprecedented show of the artist’s entire Mermaid collection.  By enlisting the cooperation of many distinguished galleries and museums in New York, New England and Japan,  Mahaney somehow manages to mount an extraordinary show in an improbable location — for a Mermaid.
Ultimately, this half-hour documentary celebrates Roy Lichtenstein’s unique achievements by bringing to younger generations and serious collectors alike some playful and detailed insights into the lasting value of art. 

June 21st, 2018
Alison O'Leary presents "So Close to Home" on the story of the German U-boats

Discover more at www.alisonoleary.com 

 About the Book: A hard working blue collar family from Texas was trying to get ahead in the lean post-Depression years. But when war broke out they unknowingly entered the cross hairs of a German U-boat on a killing spree right off America’s shores. A heartbreaking true story, So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats’ race against the American war machine. Neither won. Read More...

 About O'Leary: Author Alison O'Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers from Austin, Texas to Reno, Nevada; Bath, Maine and suburban Boston. She was a correspondent for the Boston Globe for several years before completing her B.A. at Emerson College and becoming editor of The Boston Parents' Paper magazine and skirt! Boston magazine. 
  Writing So Close to Home was sealed the moment Alison heard survivor Ray "Sonny" Downs' sweet South Texas drawl.  The intersection of a struggling American family and the German U-boat crew that would soon become desperate and hunted was a challenging proposition for these storytellers. O'Leary and Tougias combined their years of interviewing and research skills for a roller coaster tale of striving, success and setbacks.
  Alison has won awards for writing and editing over the years: a 2017 Charlie Award (silver) for history writing from the Florida Magazine Association and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America organization for her work at The Boston Parents' Paper 2004-2007, including for travel writing in 2007.

Rescheduled to July 19, 2018
Gail MacDonald presents: "Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline"

 Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father's transportation empire determined to improve his community. A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grassroots community causes alike, Plant's influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant's summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut's iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. And the Shennecossett Golf Club he developed as part of his summer resort is a popular public course. Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.

Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, Connecticut, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Rhode Island Monthly, American Artist and Vermont Life.


The 2018 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

Gowrie Group American Cruise Lines

Cisco Brewers    Points East Magazine

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