Support Herreshoff Marine Museum
Our mission is to educate and inspire the public through presentations of the history and innovative work of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and the America’s Cup competition.
The Museum exhibits Herreshoff yachts, models, historic photographs, steam engines, and artifacts related to America’s greatest naval architect and builder during "The Golden Age of Yachting".
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame is located on the grounds of the former Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, where yachts were built for eight consecutive America’s Cup defenses between 1893 and 1934. Its collection includes plaques and photographs honoring the inductees; half-hull models of challengers and defenders; artifacts including spars, steering wheels, and tank test model hulls; and special exhibits about the Cup.
INDIVIDUAL membership ($40) includes free admission to the Museum, member rate to the Museum Lecture Series, a 10% discount on Museum store purchases, and invitations to special events and activities.
FAMILY membership ($60) provides the benefits of individual membership for a family of 4.
VIGILANT membership ($125) provides the benefits of individual membership along with reciprocal privileges to more than 40 other maritime museums, as well as a 10% discount on transient dockage and mooring rates at the Museum's waterfront.
COLUMBIA membership ($250) provides VIGILANT membership benefits with the addition of 2 guest passes and a 15% discount on transient waterfront reservations. COLUMBIA membership also allows access to the Sailboat Rental Program.
DEFENDER membership ($500) provides COLUMBIA membership, 4 guest passes, and a 20% transient waterfront discount.
RELIANCE membership ($1000) provides DEFENDER membership benefits plus 6 guest passes per year, a 25% discount on transient waterfront reservations, a 15% discount on seasonal waterfront reservations, and a one-time welcome gift of a Herreshoff Burgee.
You are invited to become a part of our flagship giving group, the RELIANCE Society. Be an active part of the Herreshoff Marine Museum / America's Cup Hall of Fame, a growing institution, dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company and its founders, brothers Nathanael Greene Herreshoff and John Brown Herreshoff. Enjoy our exhibits, special events, active waterfront and Sailing School. As a member, you will receive special benefits while supporting the Museum's programs.
Donate $3,000 annually for 5 years and enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Herreshoff collection, receive a beautiful brass compass, the book Herreshoff of Bristol, as well as special membership privileges, including invitations to RELIANCE Society events.
Included during your pledge years are:
- Tours of the NGH Model Room
- Invitation to special events and activities
- Free admission to the Museum and Library
- Reciprocal free admission to over 60 maritime museums
- Access to boat rentals, including Herreshoff 12 1/2's Bullseyes, Sea Sprite 23's and a Cape Dory Typhoon
- Subscription to our publications
- Free admission to Museum Lecture Series
- 15% off dockage at the Museum
- 15% discount on all Museum Store purchases
Support HMM Initiatives
Each sailing season inspires the sailor in each of us, generating new and exciting ideas. Staff and volunteers at the Museum are lining up for an even stronger season with renewed commitment as we continue to improve our exhibits and our campus.
You can help us fulfill our mission of education and inspiration with a gift that can help us do so much: preserve more of our collection of historic photographs and documents; bring more school groups to the museum; offer more sailing scholarships for underprivileged children; and much more.
Your support can make all the difference as we seek to preserve the Herreshoff legacy for marine and industrial innovation, and develop a sustainable institution that educates, entertains and inspires the public.
The J.B. Herreshoff Society
Named in honor of the co-founder of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, the James Brown Herreshoff Society recognizes those individuals and corporations that provide for the Museum and its endowment through their wills, life income arrangements or other personal trusts.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Brainard II
John S. Carter
Charles & Rosa Dana
Mr. & Mrs. George & Peggy Dixon
Barry du Moulin
Halsey C. Herreshoff
Halsey C. Herreshoff II
Mr. & Mrs. Charles M. Leighton
Dr. Robert G. & Debbie McNeil
Emil Mosbacher, Jr.
Mrs. Patricia Swan
Mr. & Mrs. George and Gloria Whittle
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony and Ann Starr Widmann
The latest endowment gift to the Museum was given to help preserve and support the classic 12 1/2 sailboat used for the youth and adult sailing programs.
Marjorie Freeman "Peggy" Dixon spent her early years summering at Poppasquash Point in Bristol devoting many happy hours to sailing her family's Herreshoff 12 1/2 "FROLIC"In her honor and with love and admiration her family wishes to establish an endowment fund to preserve the boats of which she was so fond, to be known as the "Museum Fund for the preservation and maintenance of Herreshoff 12 1/2 sailboats."
Income from the fund is to be permanently restricted to the physical preservation and maintenance, in "Bristol Fashion" of Herreshoff 12 1/2's operated in Bristol, Rhode Island by the Herreshoff Marine Museum.
This fund was created by her family to honor Marjorie Freeman "Peggy" Dixon.
If you would like to make a campaign gift or have some questions about our endowment please contact us at 401 253-5000 or email@example.com.
The Herreshoff Marine Museum / America’s Cup Hall of Fame provides opportunities to those wishing to associate their name with the exceptional legacy of the Herreshoffs and the allure of the America’s Cup. The following events and programs offer high visibility and international appeal, along with a targeted audience that appeals to connoisseurs and participants in the areas of classic yachting, marine and materials technology, professional sailing, engineering and design, and history. We are happy to create custom sponsorships that provide supporters with visibility and association in areas that best fit their goals and allow for the best return on investment.
THE AMERICA’S CUP HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
The America’s Cup Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding sailors and innovators by inducting them into the hall of fame at extraordinary ceremonies held around the world. These are truly notable black-tie events, drawing the best and brightest of the sport as the hall of fame honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to yachting’s most distinguished competition. All past and current syndicates are invited, as are all past inductees, celebrating the cup’s global reach. Additional support for this event in the form of supporting sponsorship, commemorative program pages, table sponsorship, and other custom packages.
ANNUAL HERRESHOFF CLASSIC REGATTA
At this annual event, classic and Herreshoff boat owners gather for a weekend of challenging races against men and women of all ages. It regularly draws over 1,000 participants, and includes the Bristol to Newport Race for the prestigious Bill Swan Memorial Trophy, the Livingston’s Wind Hill Trophy race for 12 ½ footers around Prudence Island, and festivities on the waterfront. The Museum is looking for event sponsors with visibility on all notices and mailings, at the event, and during the prize ceremony. Sponsor participation is also featured on the Herreshoff Marine Museum website. In addition, an event naming opportunity is available.
HERRESHOFF LECTURE SERIES
Each year starting in late summer, The Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame presents a series of expert lectures held in the Hall of Boats, with an average of 100 people per lecture. Expert authors speak on a range of interesting historical and current topics. Previous presentations have featured both traditional sailing craft and the Herreshoff-built NC-4, the first plane to cross the Atlantic, as well as information on the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co.'s relationship with the US Navy. The Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame is actively seeking a sponsor to underwrite the lecture series for 2015 season. This series is currently sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers and Triple Eight Distillery.
CLASSIC YACHT SYMPOSIUM ON DESIGN & RESTORATION
The Herreshoff Marine Museum & America’s Cup Hall of Fame will be holding its seventh Classic Yacht Symposium (CYS) in the Spring of 2016. This event is held every other year, to offset the very fine symposium Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. The Museum actively seeks sponsors for the event and advertising for the Proceedings. This assemblage of papers and discussions presented during the symposium as well as noteworthy papers not presented is distributed to the hundreds of builders, designers, owners and enthusiasts who attend the symposium. It is also sold through the Herreshoff Marine Museum..
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