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Heaven’s Ditch Seminar with Jack Kelly 10 March

 

Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold and Murder on the Erie Canal
Presentation and Book Signing with Author Jack Kelly

Register Here for 10 March, 2018
Registration at 10:30 AM, Lecture at  11:00 AM
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

Join us as author Jack Kelly offers a fresh look at a critical moment in American history as the nation celebrates the Canal’s bicentennial.  A technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal was the epitome of the can-do attitude of the age of the common man. The visionaries of the era didn’t just dream, they made things happen, building a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand. They invented new religions and new modes of living. The canal made New York the financial capital of America, brought the modern world crashing into the frontier and stimulated the nation’s commerce for decades to come.  Heaven’s Ditch illuminates the spiritual and political upheavals along this “psychic highway” from its opening in 1825 down through 1844. It tells its story through a fascinating cast of characters: William Morgan planned to expose the secrets of Freemasonry–his fate permanently altered American politics. Charles Finney touched off the greatest revival of religion in our history. “Wage slave” Sam Patch became America’s first celebrity daredevil. William Miller envisioned the apocalypse. Joseph Smith, a farm boy and spiritual prodigy, gave birth to a new and distinctly American religion. Along the way, the reader encounters the very first “crime of the century,” a treasure hunt, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers. The climax arrives on the day millions believe the world will end.

The Public is invited. Please register here or contact NMHS at 914737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5-$10 donation is appreciated.  After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar.  Reservations are required for lunch.

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Iron Dawn Seminar with Richard Snow 27 January

Iron Dawn: The Monitor, the Merrimack, and the Civil War Sea Battle that Changed History – Presentation and Book Signing with Author Richard Snow

Register Here for Saturday, 27 January
Registration at 10:30 AM, Lecture at  11:00 AM
Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

Author Richard Snow argues that no single sea battle has had more far-reaching consequences than the one fought in the harbor at Hampton Roads, Virginia, in March 1862. The Confederacy, with no fleet of its own, built an iron fort containing ten heavy guns on the hull of a captured Union frigate named the Merrimack. The North got word of the project when it was already well along, and, in desperation, commissioned an eccentric inventor named John Ericsson to build the Monitor, an entirely revolutionary iron warship – at the time, the single most complicated machine ever made. Abraham Lincoln himself was closely involved with the ship’s design. Rushed through to completion in just 100 days, it mounted only two guns, but they were housed in a shot-proof revolving turret. The ship hurried south from Brooklyn (and nearly sank twice on the voyage), only to arrive to find the Merrimack had arrived blazing that morning, destroyed half the Union fleet, and would be back to finish the job the next day. When she returned, the Monitor was there. She fought the Merrimack to a standstill, and saved the Union cause. As soon as word of the battle spread, Great Britain—the foremost sea power of the day—ceased work on all wooden ships. A thousand-year-old tradition ended, and the path to the naval future opened.

The Public is invited. Please register here or contact NMHS at 914737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend. A $5-$10 donation is appreciated.  After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar.  Reservations are required for lunch.

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2018 Seminar Series Schedule

The 2018 NMHS Seminar Series Schedule is here!  Save the dates below for the upcoming lineup of world-class speakers.  For more information: click on the links below, check out the 2018 NMHS Seminar Series webpage, or download the printer-friendly Seminar Brochure.  We invite you to Sponsor the Series and take advantage of everything our sponsorship options have to offer!  Sign up online, call (914) 737-7878 Ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org to sign up today!

​Sat 27 January Iron Dawn with Richard Snow
Sat 10 March Heaven’s Ditch with Jack Kelly
Sat 19 May Blackbeard’s Last Battle with Kevin Duffus
Wed 20 June The Sunken Gold with Joseph Williams
Sat 21 July Hudson River Maritime Museum Excursion
Sat 22 September Art of the Yankee Whale Hunt with Michael Dyer
Sat 3 November Hell Around the Horn with Rick Spilman
Sat 1 December Hudson River Lighthouses II with Scott Craven

Members of the general public are encouraged to attend!  NMHS Seminar Series events are both a great way to learn about new facets of our maritime heritage and also to meet others who share an interest and enthusiasm for the field.  Continental Breakfast & Registration for Saturday seminars begins at 10:30 AM, with lectures starting at 11:00 AM.  (The schedule varies for the June Wednesday evening seminar and the July excursion.  Please see individual listings for details.)  Unless otherwise noted, all seminars are held at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library (185 Kings Ferry Road in Montrose, NY).  There is no charge to attend the seminars, but a $5 to $10 donation at the door is appreciated to support our educational mission.   On our Saturday seminars, if you would  like to join NMHS and the speaker for lunch following the presentation, the cost is $25 prepaid, with cash bar.  For more information and to register for any seminar, please email or call 914 737-7878 x 0.  Can’t make it to a seminar?  Be sure to Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see the presentation online!

With a Seminar Sponsorship you can support the Series AND enjoy family fun at maritime museums across the country!  A contribution of $100 or higher not only entitles you to a reserved spot for the complete 2018  seminar series, but also to a one-year membership in the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM), which includes free admission for a year to over 75 museums nationwide!  (As a Friend of NMHS you’ll also receive the quarterly magazine Sea History, a 10% discount on NMHS merchandise, a membership card and decal.)  Your generosity enables the Society to fulfill its mission by presenting a dynamic range of seminars that promote greater understanding of our rich seafaring heritage and create a constituency to advocate for our maritime legacy.   Thank you!


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The NMHS Seminar Series is generously supported by our Sponsors
Howard Slotnick and The Henry L. & Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation
and our Seminar Friends Denise Dunn, Linda Hallenbeck, Liam Murphy, John Plotke, John Shanahan, Jane Syracuse, and Karin Wexler.

The NMHS Seminar Series was founded in 1992 under the auspices of the National Maritime Historical Society at its headquarters on Charles Point in Peekskill, New York.  Its mission is to build greater awareness of the rich seafaring heritage of the Hudson River Valley and the world at large, and to create a constituency to advocate for our maritime legacy.  Through its monthly lecture series and annual outreach events, the NMHS Seminar Series is actively engaged in promoting maritime heritage, providing valuable educational programs and preserving historic ships and traditional seafaring skills. Since its inception, the Series has organized over 300 lectures, seminars, field trips and ship preservation projects featuring noted authors, historians, film producers and artists to publicize the maritime history of our area and abroad.

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Early Dutch New York with Marine Artist Len Tantillo

Join the National Maritime Historical Society for
Early Dutch New York with Marine Artist Len Tantillo

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM
Holiday Potluck Luncheon to Follow

Cortlandt Yacht Club – 238 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY

Historical and marine artist Len Tantillo will present on paintings of Early Dutch New York, inspired by the “rivers of New Netherland” — the Hudson, the Connecticut and the Delaware. Upon these waterways hundreds of vessels carried goods and passengers, and the diversity and organic beauty of their varied designs has long been an inspiration to the artist. A licensed architect who left the field of architecture in 1986 to pursue a career in the fine art of historical and marine painting, Len Tantillo has produced over 300 paintings and drawings and has appeared internationally in exhibitions, publications and film documentaries. To see more of his extraordinary work, visit www.lftantillo.com.

Please RSVP HERE, or you may contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 or via email if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, NMHS will host its annual Holiday Potluck Party — please bring a favorite dish, drink or dessert that serves six to eight people and join in the fun!


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  The NMHS Seminar Series is generously supported by our sponsors: Howard Slotnick, The Henry L. & Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Liam Murphy, John Plotke, Jane Syracuse, Linda Hallenbeck and the Division Street Grill.

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Finest Hours & So Close to Home Seminar Series 11/3 and 11/4

Join the National Maritime Historical Society and
New York Times Bestselling Author Michael Tougias
for a Film Screening, Lecture & Book Signing

The Finest Hours    &    So Close to Home 
        

Friday, November 3, 2017
Refreshments at 6:30 PM; Film Screening at 7:00 PM

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Both Events at the Chappaqua Library Theatre
195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY

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Join us on Friday evening along with New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias for a film screening of The Finest Hours, a feature-length motion picture produced by Walt Disney Pictures based on his book about the Coast Guard’s daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers were destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.  Following the screening, Michael will speak briefly about how the film was made, and signed books will be available for purchase.

Join us again on Saturday when Michael Tougias returns to the Chappaqua library to give a two-part multimedia presentation on The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue and also his book So Close To Home: The True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII, about the Downs family as they struggle against sharks, hypothermia, drowning, and dehydration in their effort to survive the aftermath of a deadly May 19, 1942 U-boat attack.  Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited to both events.  Space is limited and advance registration is recommended (and appreciated!).  Please RSVP by clicking HERE You may also contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0 if you plan to attend.  A $5 or $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture on Saturday, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. (Lunch reservations are required.)

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September Seminar – U Boats in the Bahamas with Eric Wiberg

The National Maritime Historical Society
presents
“U-Boats in the Bahamas” Seminar and Book Signing
with Author Eric Wiberg
Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hendrick Hudson Free Library, 185 Kings Ferry Road, Montrose, NY 10548
Continental Breakfast & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM

Please join us as author, maritime attorney, historian and avid sailor Eric Wiberg presents his book U-Boats in the Bahamas, the never-told story of the 112 German and Italian submarines that sank 130 Allied ships in World War II in the Bahamas area where the author grew up. Merchant mariners heroically put themselves in danger as they performed the critical task of moving the military and civilian supplies vital to ultimate victory. Book signing will follow.

The Public is invited. Please contact NMHS at 914-737-7878, ext. 0, or email NMHS@seahistory.org if you plan to attend. A $5 to $10 donation is appreciated. After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon—$25 prepaid with cash bar. Reservations required.

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June and July Seminar Series: Bannerman’s Island

Wednesday, 21 June
Bannerman’s Island—Seminar with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Chappaqua Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY
Refreshments: 6:30 PM
Presentation: 7:00 PM

Is Bannerman’s Island haunted? Please join us in welcoming historian and guide Thom Johnson as he presents and recounts the history of Bannerman’s Island, with its castle-like structure looming in the Hudson River.  Originally built to resemble a Scottish castle and to store military goods for the government, Thom shares the fascinating story of this mysterious island and its abandoned arsenal.

The public is invited to attend. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.
E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

Saturday, 22 July
Bannerman’s Island – Visit and Tour with Thom Johnson
LOCATION: Beacon Station, 8 Long Dock Road, Beacon, NY

Thom Johnson will  take us on an excursion!  Meet us at Beacon Train Station, or join fellow members on Metro North departing from Peekskill station for a narrated trip up the Hudson. From the dock at Beacon Station we’ll board the Estuary Steward for a ride to Bannerman’s Island followed by a walking tour. Boxed lunches will be served aboard on the trip back to Beacon station.
Price: $70 per person. Seating is very limited and early reservations are suggested.

E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

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March Seminar: Tugboats Illustrated

The March Installment of the Saturday Seminar Series is

Tugboats Illustrated
The new book from architect Paul Farrell
Saturday, 25 March

At the Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South St, Peekskill, NY 10566

Please join us in welcoming author, architect and tugboat enthusiast Paul Farrell, who will give us an introduction to  his new book. In Tugboats Illustrated, Paul Farrell traces the evolution, design, and role of tugboats, ranging from the first steam-powered tug to today’s hyper-specialized offshore workboats. Through extensive photographs, dynamic drawings, and enlightening diagrams, he explores the development of these hard-working boats, always shaped by the demands of their waterborne environment, by an ever-present element of danger, and by advancements in technology. Whether making impossible turns in small spaces, crashing through huge swells, pushing or pulling or prodding or coaxing or escorting, we come to understand not only what tugs do, but how physics and engineering allow them to do it.

From the deck layout of a nineteenth-century sidewheel tug to the mechanics of barge towing―whether by humans, mules, steam or diesel engines―to the advantages of various types and configurations of propulsion systems, to the operation of an oil rig anchor-handling tug/supply vessel, Tugboats Illustrated is a comprehensive tribute to these beloved workhorses of the sea and their intrepid crews.

Book signing to follow.

The public is invited to attend. Suggested Donation: $5 to $10.
Join us for a lunch with Paul Farrell after the presentation.
Cost: $25 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations are required.
E-mail or call 914-737-7878, ext. 0 to reserve your place.

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January Lecture: Revolution on the Hudson with George Daughan

28 January, 2017
“Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” with George Daughan

NOTE NEW LOCATION!

The public is invited to attend the National Maritime Historical Society’s Charles Point Council Lecture Series on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, New York. The lecture “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” will be presented by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

Mr. Daughan will discuss the overriding importance of New York and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence. He will show that King George III based his war strategy on the assumption that he could easily crush the American insurgents by seizing the sea-land corridor linking Manhattan with Canada, an idea shared by George Washington and his leadership. Daughan will show that, despite the prowess of their navy and army, the British never had the capacity to control the Hudson River Valley or the passage to Canada, and that fixating on this strategy led to their defeats at Saratoga and Yorktown. He will also discuss the intriguing question of whether they could ever have won the war.

Prof.essor Daughan is also the author of If by Sea, 1812: the Navy’s War and The Shining Sea and is the recipient of the Naval Order of New York’s Samuel Eliot Morison award and the USS Constitution Museum’s Samuel Eliot Morison award.

Booking signing to follow.

What: Presentation: “Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence” by award-winning Author George C. Daughan.

When: Saturday January 28, 2017
Where: Peekskill Presbyterian Church, 705 South Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Time: Coffee & Registration at 10:30 AM; Lecture at 11:00 AM
Cost: Lecture – $5 to $10 suggested donation; After the lecture, NMHS will host a luncheon with the author at a local restaurant $25 prepaid and cash bar. Reservations required, 914 737-7878 x 0 or email nmhs@seahistory.org.
Sponsor: The National Maritime Historical Society

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Join Us for the 2016 Holiday Potluck and the Norseman Saga

Norseman Saga and Holiday Potluck party at Cortlandt Yacht Club
238 Kings Ferry Rd, Montrose, NY 10548
Saturday, 3 December
10:30 am Coffee; 11 am Lecture


James L. Nelsondraken_harald_sm
James Nelson is the author of The Two Hundred Year Invasion: Vikings, Their Raids, Their Settlements, and the Ships that Got Them There and former professional in traditional sail.  He  has written more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, all centered on the maritime world.

By the latter part of the 8th century, all of Europe was plunged into the Dark Ages, a violent and uncertain time. Then suddenly and seemingly without warning, a new menace swept onto the scene as Viking raiders from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden began crossing the oceans to plunder England, Ireland and the Continent. These Norse invaders came first to pillage, and later to conquer and settle. In less than a hundred years after their depredations began, the Vikings had become a major military and political force throughout Europe.

Author James L. Nelson, who has previously written on such topics as piracy and the naval action of the American Revolution, turns his attention to his own ancestors, the Norsemen, and their raiding and later settling in Europe, and Ireland in particular. He will also discuss the technological advances and unique aspects of Norse ship design and building, and how those advances helped drive the Viking invasion. Nelson is currently working on a series of novels that chronicle the adventures of Viking Thorgrim Night Wolf and company in 9th-century Ireland.

Join us for our Holiday Pot Luck Party with James Nelson after the presentation.
Please bring a dish, drink or dessert that serves six to eight people.
Reservations are required.

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