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2018 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 2018 Herreshoff Lecture Series is Proudly Sponsored by: Points East Magazine, Cisco Brewers, and Gowrie Group

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

Tickets are $10 for Members and $18 for Non-Members
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Rescheduled to July 19, 2018
Gail MacDonald presents: "Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline

 Gilded Age financier Morton F. Plant inherited his father's transportation empire determined to improve his community. A dreamer eager to invest in innovative technology and grassroots community causes alike, Plant's influence ran deep on the Connecticut shoreline prior to World War I, and his legacy remains prominent. Plant's summer mansion, Branford House, is one of southeastern Connecticut's iconic landmarks. He was instrumental in founding the prestigious Connecticut College. And the Shennecossett Golf Club he developed as part of his summer resort is a popular public course. Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact.

Gail Braccidiferro MacDonald is an associate professor in residence in the journalism department at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is a former reporter for the Day of New London, Connecticut, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Providence Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Rhode Island Monthly, American Artist and Vermont Life.

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Monday, August 6th
Jonathan White, "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" Part Two

Author, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. Attendance to Part One is not required to enjoy this lecture.

TIDES coverJonathan WhiteExpert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White’s love for the sea is lifelong. He grew up diving, sailing and fishing on the beaches of Southern California, has logged more than one hundred thousand miles sailing on the Pacific and Atlantic, and has surfed all over the world. In the 1980s, he founded the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization for which he hosted a renowned seminar series aboard Crusader, a 65-foot wooden schooner that sailed the Pacific Northwest. Crusader’s odysseys nearly ended in 1990 when the boat ran aground on a large tide in Alaska’s Kalinin Bay. Shaken and intrigued by his underestimation of tides and their power, White set off on a quest across the globe to understand the history, science, and majesty of one of our planet’s most remarkable phenomena.
 
In TIDES, writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. In the Arctic, he shimmies under the ice with an Inuit elder to hunt for mussels in the dark cavities left behind at low tide; in China, he races the Silver Dragon, a twenty-five foot tidal bore that crashes eighty miles up the Qiantang River; in France, he interviews the monks that live in the tide-wrapped monastery of Mont St. Michel; in Chile and Scotland, he investigates the growth of tidal power generation; and in Panama and Venice, he delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new.
 
A year after publication, Jonathan White’s TIDES has earned prestigious literary accolades, winning the 2018 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award for Best Book. Most recently, TIDES has been short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize, the largest international book award for small, academic and independent presses.
 
TIDES received several other awards:

- National Outdoor Book Award in the Natural History Literature category
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award (Silver)
- Nautilus Book Award (Silver)
- Publishing Professionals Network Best Book Award for Trade, Text-driven

TIDES has also been translated into Chinese, published in the UK, and is being considered by the BBC for a documentary film.
 
TIDES continues to attract audiences worldwide with brisk sales, and has garnered positive reviews from the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Times, Oregonian, The Surfer’s Journal, San Diego Union Tribune, Publisher’s Weekly, Tampa News, among others.  Jonathan has appeared on dozens of TV and radio programs, including NPR’s nationally syndicated “Living on Earth,” Michael Krazny’s “The Forum” on KQED in San Francisco, WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate show, and Bill Bradley’s “American Voices” on Sirius/XM radio.
 
Jonathan is currently writing for Wooden Boat Magazine about the restoration of the Western Flyer, the boat John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts sailed to Baja in 1939. The Log of the Sea of Cortez, published in 1941, memorialized the trip. The Western Flyer was considered lost until it was discovered on the bottom of the Swinomish River a few years ago.  A barnacled ghost of what it once was, someone bought it for a million dollars and is restoring the 75-foot trawler in Port Townsend.  “You could say the boat’s worth nothing,” says Jonathan, “…and everything. I’m fascinated by the Flyer and the Baja trip with Steinbeck and Ricketts. It’s a perfect intersection of boat, ocean, literature, ecology, and metaphysics…and the entire trip was organized around the tide!”
 
Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water: Conversations about Nature and Creativity, is a collection of interviews exploring our relationship with nature and features Gretel Ehrlich, David Brower, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gary Snyder, Peter Matthiessen, and others. White has written for the Christian Science Monitor, The Sun, Orion, Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative nonfiction and lives with his wife and son on a small island in Washington State.

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September 20th, 2018
Alison O'Leary presents "So Close to Home" on the story of the German U-boats

Discover more at www.alisonoleary.com 

 About the Book: A hard working blue collar family from Texas was trying to get ahead in the lean post-Depression years. But when war broke out they unknowingly entered the cross hairs of a German U-boat on a killing spree right off America's shores. A heartbreaking true story, So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats' race against the American war machine. Neither won. Read More...

 About O'Leary: Author Alison O'Leary is a longtime journalist who has worked for newspapers from Austin, Texas to Reno, Nevada; Bath, Maine and suburban Boston. She was a correspondent for the Boston Globe for several years before completing her B.A. at Emerson College and becoming editor of The Boston Parents' Paper magazine and skirt! Boston magazine. 
  Writing So Close to Home was sealed the moment Alison heard survivor Ray "Sonny" Downs' sweet South Texas drawl.  The intersection of a struggling American family and the German U-boat crew that would soon become desperate and hunted was a challenging proposition for these storytellers. O'Leary and Tougias combined their years of interviewing and research skills for a roller coaster tale of striving, success and setbacks.
  Alison has won awards for writing and editing over the years: a 2017 Charlie Award (silver) for history writing from the Florida Magazine Association and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America organization for her work at The Boston Parents' Paper 2004-2007, including for travel writing in 2007.

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October 18th, 2018
"Women of the Wind" Presented by Kaci Cronkhite


Details coming soon. 
 

November 15th, 2018
"Redd's Pond Boatworks: Story of the Dragon" Presented by Doug Park


Details coming soon. 


The 2018 Lecture Series is Sponsored by: 

Gowrie Group American Cruise Lines

Cisco Brewers    Points East Magazine

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