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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.
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 latest endowment gift to the Museum was given to help preserve and support the classic 12½ 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 12½ “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 12½ sailboats.”
Income from the fund is to be permanently restricted to the physical preservation and maintenance, in “Bristol Fashion” of Herreshoff 12½’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 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
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.
George & Gloria Whittle
Anthony & Ann Starr Widmann
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.
SPONSOR RELIANCE SOCIETY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
The Reliance Society is an exclusive cohort of dedicated Museum supporters. Society members are invited to private VIP gatherings and events throughout the year.
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 sailors of all ages. It regularly draws over 1,000 participants.
The Regatta includes the Bristol to Newport Race for the prestigious Bill Swan Memorial Trophy, the Livingston’s Wind Hill Trophy race for 12½ 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: VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON
Each month, 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. This series is currently sponsored by Points East Magazine and Cisco Brewers.
The Annual Gala is a fundraising event that celebrates all things Herreshoff.
ANNUAL FROSTBITE BASH
The Annual Frostbite Bash is the best winter party in all of Bristol. The entire Museum is transformed into a winter-wonderland! It regularly hosts up to 250 guests and sells out over and over again.
OTHER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Herreshoff Marine Museum hosts countless programs and events that reach a wide audience.