below:  New London Light from the North East, oil on canvas, William Gooding, ca. 1909. collection Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Now on view at the Custom House Maritime Museum, New London, Connecticut.

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No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.

None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running our local-history clas for NL's thrid graders, or researching a manuscript in our library. By contributing to the Society's Annual Fund, you provide the essential day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New London's maritime heritage. 
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Please take a moment to make a 100% tax deductible donation to the  New London Maritime Society. The New London Maritime Society, 150 Bank St, New London, 06320, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, tax ID #06-10866688.


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The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
EXHIBITIONS

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.

Vintage Dive Helmets 
from two private collections:  Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.

The museum's most important artifact may well be the building, itself. Built in 1833 as New London's U.S Custom House and designed by architect Robert Mills, it has been the museum's home since 1983. New London's  Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.
 
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in the NEWS
Zoning board denies New London lighthouse owner’s request for tours The Day  5.19.16

Ledge Light anchors canvas of winning Duck Stamp painting The Day 5.12.16

Ellery Thompson’s legend continues at Custom House  The Day 4.2.15

Owners of New London Harbor Lighthouse seek special permit  The Day 2.6.16

Owners of New London lighthouse seek end to legal troubles
The Day 1.2.16

What does the future hold for offshore lighthouses? Shelter Island Reporter 12.15.15

Maritime Society attacks unfair and unwarrantedOp-Ed  The Day 10.30.15

State funds a boost to two New London nonprofits The Day 10.4.15

A permit for New London lighthouse not such a bad idea The Day 9.28.15     Here is our Appeal 10.7.15

New London Lighthouse Owners Fight Order To Stop Tours  The Hartford Courant 9.25.15

New London Celebrates 225 Years of US Custom Service  WTNH.com  9.15.15

A cease and desist order blocks access to New London Harbor Light  WTNH TV 9.15.15

New London Lighthouse Reflects Tastes Of City's Wealthy The Hartford Courant 8.22.15

Nimble Arts Circus wows in New London  The Day 8.9.15

New London Maritime Society takes over as New London Ledge Light owner  The Day 8.7.15

Take a Tour of New London Ledge Light  WTNH TV 8.6.15

Meet Ernie: The Ghost Of The Ledge Light Lighthouse  Hartford Courant 8.7.15

Spanish History Docks in New London
FOX TV 7.31.15

Replica of Spanish Galleon Moored in New London  NBC TV 7.30.15

Tall ship El Galeón arrives at New London waterfront  The Day 7.29.15

VIDEO: Tall ship El Galeón arrives at New London’s City Pier  The Day 7.29.15

A Guiding Beacon: New London’s ‘Pequot’ Lighthouse Antiques and the Arts WeeklyJuly 10, 2015

New London non-profit fights for historic lighthouse access
FOX TV news  6.25.15

New London Maritime Society pushes harder for dock as it faces another property dispute   The Day 6.21.15

New London EDC recognizes three water-related enterprises The Day  6.14.15

‘Sea to Table’ celebrates New London’s seafood bounty 
The Day 6.10.15

Video: director Susan Tamulevich - MUSEUM MADNESS - New Canaan Public Library 5.9.15

Photos: Amistad Returns Hartford Courant   5.2.15

Amistad welcomed to New London for the summer 
The Day  5.1.15

Maritime Society director Susan Tamulevich on Community Culture Showcase TV program 4.20.15

North Stonington lighthouse keeper appears on National Geographic Channel  The Day  4.16.15

Amistad tours will be available in New London to students 
The Day  4.13.15

Video: The Mystique of the Lighthouse: Legend and Lore, at Hartford's Old State House, with Jeremy D'Entremont, Judy Dworin, and NLMS director Susan Tamulevich
CT-N  3.30.15

Custom House exhibit ties together two generations of knotters  The Day 3.21.15

History Around the Corner: The Custom House in New London  New London Times 1.14.15

Historian at New London Maritime Society program says former slave produced landmark work
The Day 12.14.14

Lighthouse Kids are Bright Beacons The Day 11.12.14

New London Harbor Light visitors enjoy view from the top
The Day 10.13.14

New London’s renaissance  Boston Globe 10.9.14

Editorial: Maritime Society apt owner of New London lighthouses The Day  9.18.14

New London Maritime Society granted ownership of Ledge Light   The Day  9.17.14 

Connecticut lighthouses offer tours, activities
Providence Journal  9.14.14

To The Lighthouse: Tours, Museums And Festivals
Gothamist   9.3.14

Amistad's story endures after 175 years   The Day 8.26.14 

Taking In the History of New London, a City Shaped by the Sea   The New York Times  8.15.2014

Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day  7.23.14

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VIDEO

Watch the scaffolding go up!

In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light.  See it HERE.

See our Video about Race Rock Light Station 
(thank you Todd Gipstein)​.


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The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
       

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    New London Maritime Society - open year-round       your local, independent, community museum
      telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
     
    OPEN: April through Dec., Wednesday--Sunday 1-5 PM
      January through March, Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
      Admission $7. USCG cadets, active-duty military and
      their families, and children 14 and younger: Free!
​     150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320 - 860-447-2501 
 Congratulations to US! On August 6, 2015, New London Maritime Society took ownership of a 3rd lighthouse: New London Ledge Light.  The cake, above, is by The Cake Lady.
We had Spanish exchange students visiting the Custom House Tuesday morning on their way to NYC. After learning about our lighthouses, they showed us pictures of their local lighthouse -- which dates back to Roman times. The students were amazed to see the actual document for Neal Armstrong, (below), when he reentered the US from the Moon and made his US Customs declaration for 'MOON ROCK AND MOON DUST SAMPLES'.  
Our museum shop offers all kinds of unique gifts. 
We have a special section full of fun things for kids. Everybody is welcome in the shop, you don't need a museum ticket.

Artist Alan Claude has just completed his silk screen print of Race Rock Light, above. Both Race and Ledge Lights are featured in his 2017 calendars. We now have both prints (in 2 sizes) and both Alan's mini and full-sized 2017 calendars in the Shop. The MUSEUM SHOP is open Wednesday -- Sunday, from 1-5 PM.

Dear friends of New London Maritime Society,






None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running our local-history classes with New London's 3rd grade, or researching a manuscript in our library. By contributing to the Maritime Society, you provide the essential day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New London's maritime heritage.

Every contribution counts.













Visit the Custom House MUSEUM SHOP
No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.

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Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals.  
NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors  and 100 people outdoors.
'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed' - with artist Josie Iselin
Friday, June 24, 7 PM 

Please join Josie Iselin as she reads from her book, 'An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed'. Josie will present her stunning imagery of ocean botanica and explain her unique process of using her flatbed scanner to capture the seaweed's underwater essence.  

Josie will continue with the fascinating biology of seaweed to explain its important place in our near-shore ocean environment.

Please join us for a joyful comingling of art and science! Books will be available for signing.
Admission $15, NLMS  members $12

Learn more & register HERE.

Read about Josie in The Day.

Explore the region's lighthouses with the one who knows them best. 
For 2016, we present an expanded version of our Yankee Magazine award-winning 'Best Lighthouse Tour' aboard the 20-passenger
​Popeye.  Register HERE
Find your lighthouse! 
Join Josie Iselin as she reads from her book,
An Ocean Garden: 
The Secret Life of Seaweed 
this Friday, June 24, 7 PM 
SAVE THE DATE - Friday, December 2
An Evening of Song and Conversation with Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist—both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer—are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including ‘Puff, the Magic Dragon,’ ‘Day is Done’, ‘Light One Candle’ and ‘The Great Mandala.’ 
As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs. He performs for NL Maritime Society on Friday, December 2. ■

Yes, it will be nostalgic for many. But on another level, it will bring them a sense of what is still possible. Yes, they will sing ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ and I will give them a sense of the current history of what this music is doing, and why it’s important. So it will be a history lesson, it will be a singalong that inspires, but it will also assert the importance of the continuation of this kind of music in people’s lives today. 
And where we’re going from here in those terms. It’s not necessarily a big lecture — it’s inherent in the music. They’ll get it. I know it, ’cause that’s what I do.
                                                                     – Peter Yarrow 
Update on New London Harbor Lighthouse 

In April, New London’s Planning & Zoning Commission took a vote...and while all seven members expressed the sentiment that allowing people—residents, school children, even tourists—to visit New London Harbor Lighthouse on a limited basis would be a good thing and was an act consistent with the stated objectives of the City’s own development plan (promoting historic preservation and tourism, adaptive reuse of historic structures, etc.), five of the seven members voted against our zoning text amendment to allow for public access to historic sites, such as Harbor Light. As a result, we now are without the ability to bring any visitors to see the lighthouse, period. We—and you, the public—are essentially shut out of our own property.

Harbor Light still is an active US Coast Guard site. According to the Coast Guard, from the lantern one can see more lighthouses than from any other place on earth! —an astounding fact in which the City should take real pride. Citizens built and restored
this historic property—the oldest and tallest lighthouse on Long Island Sound and scene to much significant local history. NLMS now owns it on the public’s behalf. Access to the lighthouse should not be a matter of zoning, but of civil rights.

In the six years since we began offering tours to the lighthouse, visitors have come from as far away as Alaska, Oregon, Texas, and Maine to climb the 118 steps and see that spectacular view. With all the current effort to make New London a tourist destination, a US Coast Guard City, and the all-out push for a national USCG museum in 2020, it is bewildering that an existing, downtown maritime museum serving all these same ends and more, does not get the City’s support on this critical concern.

One can only believe, as with many issues of civil rights, that it’s a matter of education.

The City’s trusty lighthouse has suffered worse insult.
Harbor Light is where Benedict Arnold landed his troops en route to burn New London down in 1781. To keep the British away, the Light was extinguished during the War of 1812. Now the current lighthouse neighbors have figuratively turned the Light out.

Meanwhile, we are not giving up our efforts toward access. The ZBA appeal and federal litigation defending NLMS from the lighthouse neighbors, the Waesches, are being actively pursued. ■  
Our 2016 Sentinels on the Sound Lighthouse Boat Tour season runs through October 

Find your lighthouse! tours run every Wednesday and Saturday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.

Sunset and Full-Moon lighthouse tours take place monthly across the three nights of the full moon
July 18, 19, 20; August 17, 18, 19; September 15, 16,16; October 15, 16, 17.

















new  Two ‘An Island Cabin’ boat tours out of Noank, with Steven Jones
July 20, Wednesday, 11 AM to 12 NOON
September 10, Saturday, 11 AM to 12 NOON 
This special boat tour, led by Stephen Jones, is presented in partnership with the Noank Historical Society. Tour the Islands off Noank, where author Arthur Henry penned his 1902 book, An Island Cabin, in which five disparate friends from the Big City occupy a simple summer cabin—and things devolve from there.  
Sign up at brownpapertickets.com/event/2566726.   

Limited to 20 passengers, we tour aboard the Popeye, which leaves out of Noank. Copies of An Island Cabin are available for $10 at the Custom House and Noank Historical Society, and also can be mailed for an additional $6 postage. Call 860-447-2501. $35. 














new Two Excursions to Fishers Island, to visit the Henry L. Ferguson Museum
July 25, Monday, app. 10 AM to 2 PM
August 20, Saturday, app. 10 AM to 2 PM
Visit Fishers Island and see Mansion House Hotel & Cottages, curated by Pierce Rafferty, at the Henry L. Ferguson Museum. We’re taking the ferry from New London, just steps from the Amtrak station. A light lunch is included. $60. Trips limited to 12 attendees. 
Register at brownpapertickets.com/event/2566687.
new Concert series, with Aymeric Dupré la Tour, artistic director
July 23 Saturday, 7 PM
 ‘Battle Cry of Freedom’ piano recital with Aymeric Dupré la Tour ​
Programmatic pieces on historical battles, piano variations and concert works paraphrase our national tunes, with patriotic airs sung by guest baritone Thomas Mullaney. Space is limited. Aymeric’s last concert sold out, so please book in advance. Admission $15, $10 NLMS members and students. Call 860-447-2501.

September 17, Saturday, 7 PM
Schubert Parlor concert with pianist Aymeric Dupré la Tour 
Works include the Sonata in A minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821, with Alison Holt on viola, and the first part of Schone Mullerin with tenor Christopher Lucier. Space is limited. Aymeric’s last concert sold out, so please book in advance. Admission $15, $10 NLMS members and students. Call 860-447-2501.