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


2019 Lecture Series

The Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Monthly 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 (click here) or at the door the day of the event.

The Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, Pure Insurance and Gowrie Group

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

Tickets are $15 for Members and $20 for Non-Members
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 (NEW DATE)
"The Revolution Goes to Sea: George Washington and America's First (sort of) Navy" presented by author Jim L. Nelson

In 1775, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief of the newly formed Continental Army. An experienced infantry commander, Washington arrived in Massachusetts to confront a strategic problem he had never before encountered – the sea. As the weeks passed and British ships continued to resupply the enemy in Boston, Washington came to appreciate the need for a naval force. But he also knew that Congress was not ready for such a thing, so he took the sort of bold move that would become a hallmark of Washington’s leadership style.

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before turned thirty and realizing it would be easier to write about sailing rather than actually doing it. His career as a writer began in 1994 and he has since written more than twenty works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order's Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife Lisa and two of their four children.

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July 18th, 2019
"Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates" presented by author Eric Jay Dolin

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and the Indian Ocean. In this talk and slide presentation, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters provides a wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of 13 books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Providence Journal, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Black Flags is Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, which was chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat as one of the best nautical books of 2016. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.

Discover more at ericjaydolin.com

November 14th, 2019
"Rhode Island Shipwrecks: An Evening of Maritime Misfortune in the Ocean State" by Charlotte Taylor

The record of shipwrecks in Rhode Island begins immediately after the arrival of Europeans in the early 17th century with the grounding of a Dutch trading vessel, and thousands more vessels came to grief in its waters in the following centuries, through bad weather, human error, equipment failure, and military action. Some of these shipwrecks were epic disasters, with many fatalities and the total loss of the vessel; others were relatively minor misfortunes in which the ships were salvageable.  Come see the dramatic pictures and hear the fascinating stories of a select sample of shipwrecks!

Charlotte Taylor is the author of Images of America: Rhode Island Shipwrecks, published in 2017.  She is an archaeologist at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, where her job includes maintaining an inventory of the location and condition of the state's shipwrecks (and very occasionally diving on them!).


TBD, 2020
"100th Anniversary of the NC4: Flight to Chatham" by Dave Crocker

Dave Crocker is an historian and lecturer about Cape Cod history and his family’s connections with the subjects he deals with. The Crockers were instrumental with Cape Cod’s past. As for the NC-4, his aunt was engaged to a naval pilot at Cape Cod’s Naval Air Station in Chatham when the NC made its surprise visit there in 1919. 

When he was 14, he built from scratch, a model of the NC-4 from a set of 1933 model airplane plans. His uncle accidently dropped the model and totally destroyed it.  Dave carried around the wreckage for some 50-odd years, vowing to restore it.  About 5 years ago he built another, larger model….but discovered some errors in the old plans. He promised to make one more with corrections. With help from the Smithsonian and the Pensacola Naval Museum, a third correct model was made. 

Last year Chatham celebrated the stopover by the NC-4, and Crocker was asked to give a slide presentation about the event. The whole amazing story is presented in this presentation, which has been given six times to aviation enthusiasts in the last year. 

The 2019 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

Gowrie Group 

Cisco Brewers    Points East Magazine

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