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New London Maritime Society

This Sunday: Custom House Marks 175th Anniversary of the US Supreme Court Decision that Set the Amistad Africans Free

Join NLMS head docent Bill LaRoue and guest art historian Laura Macaluso for talks and presentations this Sunday, March 6th at 2pm at the Custom House Maritime Museum. The event is FREE for NLMS members and is included with the $7 museum admission for all others.

The presentation will include an overview of the Amistad story and a look at Amistad-inspired artwork created over the course of 175 years.

Ms. Macaluso’s new book, Art of the Amistad and the Portrait of Cinque will be published later this month, and she will share examples of murals, paintings, prints and quilts, demonstrating the enduring appeal and cultural importance of the Amistad story to generations of Americans–and beyond.
For more information, visit the New London Maritime Society’s webpage.

One of six murals by Hale Woodruff in a series called Rising Up, depicting the trial that followed the uprising on the Amistad and commissioned in 1938 to commemorate the 1867 founding of Talladega College and “celebrate its success as one of the nation’s first all-black colleges.” The murals portray “heroic efforts to resist slavery as well as moments in the history of the college, which opened in 1867 to serve the educational needs of a new population of freed slaves.”
One of six murals by Hale Woodruff in a series called Rising Up, depicting the trial that followed the uprising on the Amistad and commissioned in 1938 to commemorate the 1867 founding of Talladega College and “celebrate its success as one of the nation’s first all-black colleges.” The murals portray “heroic efforts to resist slavery as well as moments in the history of the college, which opened in 1867 to serve the educational needs of a new population of freed slaves.”

–from the blog U.S. Slave

 

 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day–and all of February—at the New London Maritime Society

From January through March, the Custom House Maritime Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5, or by appointment. Here are two of the great events they have planned for winter.heart

Time in a Bottle – a Valentine Workshop, with poet Kate Rushinpoet
Saturday, February 13, 10AM
Explore your creativity to make a one-of-a-kind gift for a friend, family member, your valentine, or yourself. In this hands-on workshop, poet and teaching artist Kate Rushin guides participants as they write their own ‘message in a bottle.’ Come and be inspired by songs, poems and accounts of love messages tossed into the sea. Feel free to bring special objects ( a photo, a key, a shell, a feather, a marble) to place in the bottle along with your wishes, dreams, and declarations. Choose from bottles and materials provided to create your designs, or bring your own. Honor a loved-one. Commemorate a special occasion. Make someone laugh. Create your own unique Valentine. 10 AM to 12:30 PM. $30 general admission, $25 NLMS members and students. Call 860-447-8700 with questions. Space is limited. (But we may open a 2nd afternoon session.)

trebleA Valentine’s Day concert: Change of Heart, with Treble Play.
(Sunday, February 14, at 2 PM
Members are Allyn Donath – harp; Anne Megan-oboe; and Irene Rissi-violin/viola. Change of Heart is a collection of love/romance linked pieces (some familiar, some not) – which have been arranged for this unique combination of instruments. The program will have 3 segments: American tunes (American hearts); classics (tug those heartstrings!); waltzes and jigs (kick up your heels). $12 NLMS members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited. 860-447-8700

 

Go to the New London Maritime Society webpage for details, tickets, and information.

Read their winter newsletter here.