Herreshoff Marine Museum and Ameerica's Cup Hall of Fame
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2016 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 2016 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket Vineyard, The Bay Magazine, Gowrie Group, and Pure Insurance

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

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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Wednesday, October 26th: "SS United States"

   Join us in welcoming Susan Gibbs, Executive Director, and David Macaulay, Advisory Council Member, of the SS United States Conservancy for a presentation on the historic ocean liner, widely known as "America's Flagship."

   The SS United States is the fastest passenger ship ever built and the largest ever made in the USA. The United States still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record and is one of the last remaining of the world’s great 20th Century ocean liners. Since the vessel’s launch over 60 years ago, she has served as an enduring iconic symbol of American innovation and engineering might. She is the only ship that bears the name of this great nation.

   The SS United States Conservancy is a nonprofit preservation organization, now owns the ship and is in a race against time as it tries to preserve the ship as a museum and mixed-use development. The future SS United States Center for Design and Discovery will explore the SS United States' historical significance and examine broader themes of maritime history, science and technology, and mid-century modern art and design. The Conservancy is building a major collection of SS United States artifacts, historical documents, artwork, and ship fixtures. For more information, click here.

   The program will feature two SS United States experts who will discuss the SS United States, the ship's unique design, and her designer's decades-long quest to create the "perfect ship." They will also explore the unique challenges and opportunities in telling the ship's story and conveying the ship's enduring meaning and relevance.  

Susan Gibbs, standing atop of one of the SS United States' funnels   Susan L. Gibbs is the SS United States Conservancy's executive director and co-founder. She is the granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs, the SS United States' self-taught designer, who also directed plans for more than 60 percent of the nation's wartime fleet during World War II and designed over 6,000 ships during the course of his career. Gibbs has delivered numerous public presentations on the SS United States and maritime history, and she has appeared in multiple media outlets, including the NBC Nightly News, NPR, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Agence France Press, Channel N24 (Germany), and the New York Times. Gibbs received her master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor of arts from Brown University.
David Macaulay    Renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay's forthcoming book, "Crossing on Time", explores the story of the SS United States' design in the context of technological innovation and his own voyage on the ship at the age of ten. Macaulay has written and illustrated many best-selling and award-winning books, including Cathedral (1973), The Way Things Work (1988) and The New Way Things Work (1998). Macaulay's various honors include the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship; U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award; the National Endowment for the Humanities' Charles Frankel Prize, Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (France); the Boston Museum of Science's Bradford Washburn Medal,; the Caldecott Medal; the Smithsonian Institution's James Smithson Medal; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year; the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (Germany); and the Christopher Medal. He has been awarded ten honorary doctorates and is an honorary trustee of his alma mater, Rhode Island School of Design.

Thursday November 10th: The Annual Carlton Pinheiro Lecture
Book Signing: "Herreshoff: American Masterpieces" by Maynard Bray, Benjamin Mendlowitz, & Claas van der Linde

Special Event Pricing: $10 for all attendees. Free with the purchase of a book.
Purchase Tickets Online: HERE  

The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company constructed the most thrilling, innovative, and graceful boats ever built in the United States, not only lavish yachts and thoroughbred racing classes but also daysailers and dinghies, weekend cruisers and motor launches.
For the first and only time in 2016, all three authors will be together to present their fine work. Marine historian Maynard Bray and Herreshoff expert Claas van der Linde, in collaboration with renowned nautical photographer Benjamin Mendlowitz, present the very finest of the Herreshoff designs afloat today, with insightful commentary on design evolution in every facet from lines to displacement to hardware, accompanied by full-color images of each vessel both in detail and under way, as well as unique color reproductions of Herreshoff’s own archival plans and drawings. Each entry incorporates a history of the boat (or class), its owners, race results, and fate, celebrating the many that still grace our waters.
We are offering our membership rate to all attendees to this event. The book will be available for purchase at a special price of $10 off. Advanced registration is highly recommended.


January 19th
"Boston Light: 300 Years of Service" presented by Sally Snowman

The presentation provides broad-strokes of how Boston Light has been a way-shower for safe navigation into the fledging maritime port of Boston from 1716 to the present. It is the last manned Coast Guard Light Station in the country located on Little Brewster Island at the entrance to Boston Harbor. It is also one of the 34-islands/peninsulas that comprise the Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park. Keeper. Sally Snowman will be sharing the historical significance of the Light Station's 300th anniversary that is occurring in 2016.

Sally Snowman, Ph.D., a native of Boston Harbor, is the 70th Keeper of Boston Light since 1716 it was established as the first lighthouse station in Colonial America. As the Coast Guard Keeper/Site Supervisor, she recruits, trains, schedules, and oversees over 65 Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers that provide support as Assistant Keepers, Historical Interpreters, and Outreach Speakers. She and her husband, CG Auxiliarist Jay Thomson, are co-authors of the book Boston Light: A historical perspective (1999) and Boston Light (AUX 2016) published by Arcadia Images of America series.

The 2016 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

 Gowrie Group The Bay Magazine

Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket VinyardPoints East Magazine

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