New Exhibition from the McGuire Library
The experiences of a merchant seaman in World War II is the subject of the 16th exhibition in our growing series of online exhibitions from NLMS’s Frank L. McGuire Library. From Sheepshead Bay to Shanghai: The Training and Travels of a Merchant Seaman displays personal papers, photos, clippings and artifacts kept by Herman R. Pedersen, who served aboard supply ships in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. The collection was given to the Library by Society member and former trustee Rob Groves, who obtained it from a family member after Herman’s death. The new show is a companion to our earlier one about the Maritime Officers Training School at Fort Trumbull in operation from 1939 to 1946. That show was also based on some of our unique archival materials, and we are pleased that we can now tell the story in image and text of one of the tens of thousands of merchant seamen who logistically supported our armed forces during the war in the Pacific.
Brian Rogers
Online Exhibitions Librarian


Harbor Lighthouse ca. 1900.

The Custom House Maritime Museum & SHOP

OPEN Wednesday – Sunday, 1 – 5 PM
Saturday mornings 10 AM – 5 PM.
Museum visits are FREE for NL students & their families!
All of our docents are fully vaccinated! Everyone wears masks.
Astor Place creative director Ralph Belfiglio donated a collection of 20 ship models which had belonged to his uncle Status Nicolas, whom everyone called Strati. Wrote Ralph, Strati was a Greek-American who was strongly connected to both his American and Greek heritage. He served in the army in the Korean War and spent many years as a public school teacher. His family was involved in the Greek shipping industry and was always interested in the maritime world. He was a history buff and a collector and built his model ship collection over time. They were prominently and proudly displayed in his home.
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Family Fund, Dominion Foundation, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank, the City of New London , IMLS, PPP, SVOG, & CDBG.
This month, Open Mic coincides with NL’s rescheduled Eat in the Street!
By donation.
Sunday, September 26, 7-9 PM
‘Eat in the Street’ then come to the Custom House forOPEN MIC
Open Mic, meets from 7-9 PM on the 4th Sunday of the month: Sunday, September 26. 
Bring your bongos.
Perform, or just enjoy.
We’re holding it indoors.
Everyone wears masks!
Wednesday, October 6
November 3, & December 1
6:30 and 8 PM seatings
This fall singer Lisa Marien and guitarist Bill ‘Fox’ Mills return to the Custom House for a series of three additional Soirees taking place on the first Wednesdays of the month.
Lisa sings songs made popular by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Ftzgerald, and Tony Bennett. The Soirees are loosely themed: October 6: Falling – standards about falling in and out of love, and other autumn related fare. November 3: Thankful – songs reflecting on gratefulness and appreciation. December 1: Seasons of Loveincluding holiday selections. Two seatings each night – at 6:30 and 8 PM. Sign up at https://chsoiree.bpt.me


Keep an eye on the harbor 24/7 with the New London HarborCam. We’ve had 2.1 million+ views since July, 2019! Image from Sunday 9.11.21 at 1:01 PM – the CT Maritime Heritage Fest.




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