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


2016-2017 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 2017 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Triple Eight Distillery, Nantucket VineyardGowrie 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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January 19th, 2017
"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.

Tuesday, February 28th
"Torpedo Boats in the New Steel Navy" presented by Robert Doane

From 1875 to 1897, the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. designed and produced eight torpedo boats for the United States Navy. The Herreshoff brothers started their company just before the Navy underwent the most radical transformation in its history. The old wooden sailing ships of the Civil War-era Navy were set aside in favor of powerful coal-fired warships with steel hulls that carried an array of new weapons, including torpedoes. Why did the Navy want to build a special class of small, fast boats armed only with torpedoes, and how did it expect to use them? This presentation will seek to answer those questions while exploring how torpedo boats contributed to developments in naval strategy at the end of the nineteenth century.

Rob Doane is the Curator at the Naval War College Museum in Newport, RI. He grew up in Michigan and received a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan in 1998, followed by a M.A. in public history from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. After moving to Massachusetts, Rob began his career in museums starting as a historical interpreter at the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. He has served as a curatorial assistant at MIT’s Hart Nautical Collection, and as a curator at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis, MD.


March 30, 2017
"Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" presented by Jonathan White
A global journey through the science and wonder of the oceans

 In Tides, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, White shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five-foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont Saint-Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture—the very old and very new. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and sixteen color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides.

Jonathan White is an active marine conservationist, a sailor, and a surfer. His first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White is the author of Tides, forthcoming from Trinity University Press, and has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

The 2016/17 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

 Gowrie Group

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