Classes & Workshops Education
In 2015 the Custom House Maritime Museum offers a variety of new classes & workshops for youth and adults.

Special tours and workshops are available for students groups, from grade school through college level. Call Susan at 860-447-2501 to plan your visit.


Third Tuesdays - Jibboom Club #1 Gams - Reviving Jibboom Club #1 with maritime talk, good friends & cookies. 1-4 PM. 

Thursdays - Custom House Maritime Matters, on Metrocast cabel channel 25, with host George Sprecace, from 5-6 PM.

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Jibboom Club #1 Tuesday, October 20, 1 PM
Fred Litty will be the speaker at the next Jibboom Club meeting to speak about his experiences on the US Navy Nuclear Research Vessel, the NR-1.
The NR-1 sub performed Cold War operations so classified that its 10-man crews remain sworn to secrecy to this day. 
It had a claw to pick objects off the sea bed-crucial in the days when Americans and Soviets were tapping underground cables -- and even went in search of fragments from the Challenger space shuttle, which exploded during blast-o
ff in 1986. NR-1's remains have been put on display in Groton, Connecticut, where she was first launched in 1969. It's CT Submarine Century. 

Saturday, October 17, 2 PM
Some of the most-evocative items at the Custom House are the deep-sea dive helmets and gear on display in the museum lobby, on loan from professional diver Jay Kane, and dive historian Ed Uditis.
On Saturday,October 17, at 2 PM,collector, dive instructor, and trustee of the Historical Diving Society, Ed Uditis,will present a talk about the history of diving paraphernalia. Free for NLMS members, $6 all others. For reservations: call 860-447-2501.

Sunday, November 1 at 2 PM,
Two years ago, Pierce Rafferty, director of Fishers Island’s Henry L. Ferguson Museum, loaned us his , director of Fishers Island’s Henry L. Ferguson Museum, loaned us his authoritative exhibition on the building of Race Rock Light; the lighthouse was constructed between 1871 and 1878 by New London’s Captain T. A. Scott. Pierce will be back on Sunday, November 1 at 2 PM, to present an illustrated lecture that examines the full sweep of Captain Scott’s extraordinary career both in marine construction and salvaging countless wrecks in the region during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Free for NLMS members, $6 all others. For reservations: call 860-447-2501.

classes for KIDS

How to be a Cartoonist - cartooning classes for kids age 8 and up.  with Jon Buller. $40 materials included. Adults welcome! Four Saturdays: October 17, 24, 31, and November 7, from 10:45 AM to 12 noon.  Sign up HERE.

Read > Lighthouse Comix -- work from last spring's cartooning class.

​classes for ADULTS

Sea to Table Talks & Tastings, Cooking Classes & Dinner 
ends with Oysters on Saturday, October 24!

Learn all about the amazing seafood harvested off our shores.  
Join local seafood farmers, and chefs Elisa Giommi and Amelia Lord for an inspiring, educational trip through our local sea fare: Sea to Table, presented by New London Maritime Society as a part of our 5th annual Sentinels on the Sound summer celebration. Sea to Table is a series of five Talk & Tasting sessions featuring local seafood growers, paired with Cooking Classes with Dinner presented by chefs Elisa Giommi and Amelia Lord, to be held at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Participants may sign up for just the Talk or for both the Talk and Cooking presentations. Register HERE or call 860-447-8700 and we will get back to you. 

Five Saturday sessions are planned for 2015:
June 20 - Sea and Bay Scallops
August 1 - Catch of the Day - fresh fish
August 29 - Clams
September 26 - seafood TBA
October 24 - Fishers Island Oysters  
(Class content for the September and October classes is still being compiled based on the season's availability.)
Sea to Table grower's Talk & Tasting are held at 5:30 PM (45 minutes), $10 donation.
The Sea to Table Cooking Class with Dinner follows at 6:30 PM (2 1/2
hours), $60 each (donation includes Talk & Tasting). Sign up for all five Talks & Classes, a $300 value, for $275.  

Each paired session features a fresh, locally sourced seafood and is designed to encourage visitors experience the region's fresh maritime bounty. Among seafoods we plan to explore in this series are Niantic bay and ocean scallops, Fishers Island and Mystic oysters, Stonington red shrimp, UCONN sea vegetables, Maritime Magnet School tilapia, Long Island Sound lobster, and ocean conch. All profits from this program support the New London Maritime Society! 

Sea to Table - Talks & Tastings will be led by a local grower or fisherman, who will discuss the process and challenges of harvesting seafood from Long Island Sound along with advice for selecting and sourcing the freshest products. Each talk will include the opportunity to sample the seafood being discussed as well as Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). The talk last about 45 minutes and is a great way to start a Saturday evening in New London--perhaps followed by dinner downtown and a sunset lighthouse boat tour.

Sea to Table - Cooking Classes with Dinner go one step further to focus on easy to prepare and tasty seafood dishes. Only sustainable sea products are used. Dinner is included as is Safe Harbor's 1790 Lager (crafted as a tribute to Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer). Join us for a casual evening of educational fun and good eating. You'll be sure to leave with a happy tummy and handfuls of recipes to try at home. Classes are limited to 15 students.
Register HERE or call 860-447-8700 and we will get back to you.

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