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 The Conservancy is building a major collection of SS United States artifacts, historical documents, artwork, and ship fixtures.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 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.
| 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.
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