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Women lighthouse keepers

with Mary Rasa, a zoom presentation

next Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 2 PM
In the days before the establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard, families lived and worked at lighthouses. The keeper’s family learned to tend the light and some wives and daughters became the official keepers or assistant keepers. This was one of the first government career fields open to females. In this program, historian Mary Rasa explores the US Lighthouse Service and takes a look at five remarkable women keepers. In fact, hundreds of American women have kept the lamps burning in lighthouses since 1776, when Hannah Thomas’s husband, the official keeper of Gurnet in Plymouth, Massachusetts, left to join the battle for American independence. Most of these women served in the 19th century, including three in our local area.
Mary Rasa is a historian who worked as a museum curator and park ranger for the National Park Service for 16 years. She holds a BA in Historic Preservation and a Masters in Library Science. She conducted over one thousand programs for audiences from school children to academic and professional conferences, seniors groups and historical societies. She currently conducts historic programs as well as completing grants, research and exhibit work as an independent contractor. Women Lighthouse Keepers is the first of a series of talks Mary will give on the three organizations that merged in 1915 to create the United States Coast Guard.
You are invited to a Zoom webinar. Mar 28, 2021 02:00 PM
Women Lighthouse Keepers, with Mary Rasa
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Co-sponsored by the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, Noank Historical Society, & New London Maritime Society.
What’s Up at the Custom House – March 21, 2021
New London Maritime Society – local friendly authentic
Telling the stories of New London’s waterfront
& preserving four historic maritime sites
New London Maritime Society thanks our Friends & Sponsors 
Anonymous, The Maco Family Fund, DOCKO, the State of Connecticut, CtHumanties, USLHS, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Chelsea Groton Bank PPP, the City of New London , IMLS, & CDBG.
Visit inside New London HarborLighthouse.
Come on – take the tour! We meet at the lighthouse, then climb 116 steps to the lantern room — all the while learning about the 260-year history of Harbor Light, one of the oldest lighthouses in the country and the tallest on Long Island Sound. The views at the top are spectacular!
The visit takes around 45 minutes. Everyone uses hand sanitizer and we all wear masks.
Tours for one Covid pod of up-to four people may be arranged by emailing nlmaritimedirector@gmail.com. Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members, & $25 for youth 7-to-18 years old.
painting: William Gooding’s circa 1909 painting of New London Harbor Light can be seen at the Lyman Allyn.
Sunday, April 18, 3 PM

April 2021 Virtual Benefit Concert

Connecticut Early Music Society

& New London Maritime Society

Join us on Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 PM for a virtual benefit showcasing the 1814 Thos. Butcher square piano recently donated to the museum. Artistic Director Ian Watson has planned a program of works that are contemporaneous with the instrument and that reflect the venue in which they’ll be performed: the marvelous Custom House Maritime Museum in New London. Many of these pieces will be well known to fans of Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin series. The final duet features in the movie Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe.
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