April 12, 2021

Evelyn Ansel Named the Herreshoff Marine Museum’s Curator

Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame is happy to announce that Evelyn Ansel has assumed the role of Museum Curator.

Evelyn joined the Herreshoff Marine Museum in 2016 as a Collections Specialist working closely with Registrar, Archivist and Librarian Norene Rickson on the digitization of the museum’s collection, a critical strategic initiative geared to capture high resolution digital images for the dual purposes of preservation and accessibility by the public. Prior to joining HMM, Evelyn was involved with similar projects at highly-regarded institutions including the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York, and the MIT Museum in Cambridge. While at MIT, Evelyn was instrumental in the development of the Herreshoff exhibit titled “Lighter, Stronger, Faster”. 

Photo Credits: Langley

Born and raised in Mystic, CT, Evelyn is the daughter and granddaughter of Mystic Seaport Museum shipwrights. She spent her formative years in and around the shipyard at MSM, and in 2012-2013 was part of the team that restored the Charles W. Morgan for the 38th Voyage. Evelyn attended Brown University where she earned a Fulbright Scholarship and gained experience in conservation, digitization and exhibit development that would shape her career in the museum field. 

“Evelyn has become an integral and critical member of the HMM team,” said HMM President & Executive Director Bill Lynn. “She is great at what she does, and what she’s doing is really important to the future of this museum. The Code Flag Lima Project that Evelyn drove at the beginning of the Pandemic has been a home run, and we’re incredibly fortunate that she’s agreed to become our Curator.” 

The role of Curator at the Herreshoff Museum has been vacant since the retirement of Curator Emeritus John Palmieri in 2013. “Evelyn is a joy to work with,” commented John. “She will be museum’s first professionally trained and experienced curator. With her background in wooden boats, deep understanding of the Herreshoff Collections both in Bristol and at MIT, and her superior analytical skills, Evelyn will bring a new inter-disciplinary approach to interpreting the Herreshoff story of excellence.” 

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, the museum is poised for a significant leap forward. With new exhibits in the works, new acquisitions for the collection, and groundbreaking digital initiatives underway, Evelyn’s new title is a bit of a formality as she has already been filling the role to which she is being promoted spearheading these important projects. In 2022, the museum embarks on its next 50 years with a firm hand on the Curatorial helm. 

“I am humbled and honored to have been offered this role,” said Ms. Ansel, the Museum’s newest Curator. “We have a lot of work ahead of us and will continue to strive to make HMM’s collections and the Herreshoff and America’s Cup legacies increasingly accessible to broader audiences through preservation and interpretation.” 

Look for updates on a terrific slate of museum programs and events along with new offerings from the Curatorial team as the Herreshoff Golden Jubilee unfolds throughout 2021.  

About the Herreshoff Marine Museum 

Founded 50 years ago in 1971, the Herreshoff Marine Museum, located in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA, is a maritime museum dedicated to the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup. The Herreshoff Manufacturing Company (1878-1945) was most notable for producing fast sailing yachts, including eight America’s Cup defenders, and steam-powered vessels. The museum, situated near Narragansett Bay on the grounds where the manufacturing company once stood, has a collection of over sixty boats including Nathanael Greene Herreshoff’s CLARA, built in 1887, Harold Vanderbilt’s TRIVIA, and the 1992 ACC yacht, DEFIANT. 

Website: www.herreshoff.org & www.herreshoff.org/50th