Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths and Legends through Photography

Thousands of years ago, the Assyrian goddess of the sea, Atargatis, transformed herself into a mermaid by flinging herself into a lake.  She emerged with the lower body of a fish and the upper body of a human. Ever since, mermaids and mermen have captivated the imaginations of people and cultures around the world, including Europe, Asia, and Africa.  A popular subject of art and literature, they have also been the subject of operas, comics, animation,  and live action films.The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of the long, Covid-delayed exhibit, “Mermaids: Visualizing the Myths and Legends through Photography,” which consists of 16 images printed on canvas by Ralph Clevenger and friends. Originally scheduled to open on April 22, 2020, the exhibit was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic closures. Now, thanks to the generous support of Mimi Michaelis, the Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation, and the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, the exhibit will be open to the public from November 11, 2021, through April 30, 2022. There will also be mermaid photo opportunities at the museum by appointment on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 11:30am-12:30pm and 1-2pm, $10 for museum members and $30 for non-members.
The images displayed in the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum’s gallery exhibit were part of an underwater photography course Ralph Clevenger taught at Brooks Institute.  Clevenger was a senior faculty member at the Institute for 33 years, teaching courses in Natural History and Underwater Photography, among other photo and video courses. Based in Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Clevenger is continuing to pursue his passion for the natural world by specializing in location photography and video projects of eco-travel, environmental portraits, wildlife and undersea 

South Street Seaport Museum Announces Expanded Digital Galleries in Collections Online Portal: 400 New Pieces Now Available

South Street Seaport Museum announces the release of the next set of collections artifacts for digital visitors to browse, research, and enjoy. In March 2021, the Museum launched a Collections Online Portal, which today features over 2,000 pieces on virtual display, allowing audiences to explore New York City’s past through the archives, artifacts, and photographs of the South Street Seaport Museum. This third iteration includes over 400 newly digitized works of art and historic objects covering a variety of mediums, historical subjects, and themes relating to the growth and changing physical fabric of New York City as a world port. Now available, the digital galleries can be viewed for FREE at

Discover history and works of art from the comfort of your home with the new online database. Featuring items from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century, the online collection is comprised of a searchable database of selected works of art and historic artifacts from the Seaport Museum’s permanent and working collections of over 28,500 objects, encapsulating the rich maritime heritage of New York City.
The four sets of new digital galleries include: 
Architecture Elements The Museum’s collection of architectural elements and building components includes bricks, doors and windows, samples of wallpaper, cast iron and terracotta ornaments, structural ironworks, and more. Most of the artifacts belong to different adaptations and style iterations of Schermerhorn Row, a Federal-style counting house built between 1810-1812, and home of the Seaport Museum since the 1970s. The remaining artifacts belong to other significant Lower Manhattan buildings that are no longer extant, including but not limited to the 1849 Edgar H. Laing Stores, the 1882 Fulton Fish Market, the 1893 Rhinelander Building, and the 1905 Bush Company Building.
George P. Hall and Son Photograph Collection The large-format glass plate negatives in this collection provide detailed depictions of Manhattan from the 1880s through the 1910s including harbor activity, bridge constructions, downtown streets, early skyscrapers, and as well as views of the U.S. Navy’s new steel battleships of the 1890s. The commercial photography firm George P. Hall & Son operated in Manhattan from 1886 through 1914, working out of several studios in Lower Manhattan and the Seaport, documenting the changing face of New York City at the turn of the 20th century. 
Nautical Instruments The South Street Seaport Museum’s collection of nautical instruments includes navigational instruments used by sailors to monitor their environment and their vessels, along with thousands of historic and antique tools used for shipyard and port work by workers and riggers. These artifacts are the testimony to the generations of artisans, carpenters, workers, riggers, and sailmakers used the South Street waterfront district as a place to craft, market, and export their wares. 
Wood Patterns This collection of small pieces of carved wood is an example of pattern-making: a centuries-old technology used to build all kinds of fittings and parts of ships. Part of the collection of wood shipyard patterns was produced by the New York Naval Architectural firm Gibbs & Cox, ​​while others were manufactured by the historic Ira S. Bushey Shipyard, formerly located on Gowanus Creek, Brooklyn.

Additional virtual highlights of the South Street Seaport Museum collections include the following categories on Drawings and Watercolors, Manuscripts and Ephemera, Navigational Instruments and Shipwright Tools, Objects Around the Neighborhood, Paintings, Prints and Lithographs, Printing History, Scrimshaw, Ship Components, Ship Models, Special Collections, Tattoo Collection, Remains of the Old Hotels, Institutional Archives, and Maritime Reference.

The South Street Seaport Museum’s collections consist of more than 28,500 works of art and artifacts and over 55,000 historic records documenting the rise of New York as a port city, and its role in the development of the economy and business of the United States through social and architectural landscapes. The Museum’s collections trace the history of New York City’s Harbor and Port, from the East River piers and the waterfront areas of Manhattan, to the city’s other boroughs and the New Jersey shoreline. The Museum also documents and interprets New York international trade routes, global cultures, and seafaring, including all aspects of life, art, and work associated with them.
For a deeper dive into the collection, visit the Museum’s “Collections Chronicles” blog where the collections team takes readers behind the scenes to share some of their work, while highlighting hidden gems of history, the Seaport, and the Seaport Museum’s collection at

National Park Service Youth & Young Adult Programs on Facebook

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National Museum of the Great Lakes’s 2021 Fall Lecture Series sets sail with a “Message in a Bottle”

As summer ends, the National Museum of the Great Lakes is excited to announce the return of our Fall lecture series. Our first lecture will take place on Wednesday, October 20th and will be offered as a hybrid event. Presented by Emmy nominated documentary filmmaker, author, and historian Ric Mixter and based on his same-titled book “Bottled Goodbyes”, the lecture will explore famous messages that have floated ashore.
Please visit or our Facebook page for additional details.

October Online Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum

Windjammers of Penobscot Bay Film Screening + Discussion

PanelOctober 7th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Peek Into Paintings – Thomas Buttersworth and The War Of 1812

October 8th, noon

Free on Facebook and YouTube

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Member Monday – Behind the Scenes: Researching the Tragic Stories of the Twilight Tours

October 11th, noon

Member exclusive

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Hemp and American Maritime History

October 14th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Twilight Tour

October 15th, 5-7pm

Free, suggested admission $20 per family (up to 10 people)

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Maine’s First Ship

October 21st, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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Peek Into Paintings – Victorian Vogue, Creepy Now?

October 22th, noon

Free on Facebook and YouTube

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Stories from the Spirits of Sea-Goers II

October 28th, 6pm on Zoom

Free, suggested admission $5

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“Found…a DDT dumping ground near LA & Catalina!” Free Zoom Webinar with David Valentine

In January 2019, UCSB’s Dr. David Valentine revealed a shocking and unexpected discovery off Catalina Island and Los Angeles… hundreds of ruptured waste barrels and abundant DDT 3,000 feet below the water’s surface. That finding, along with the realization that the toxic chemical may be causing cancer in sea lions and getting into the human food chain, has led to a massive seafloor mapping exercise to discover the extent of the problem. Numerous newspapers have covered the situation, including the LA Times.

Now, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) is proud to present  “Found…A DDT Dumping Ground near LA and Catalina!” a free Zoom webinar with Dr. David Valentine, the Norris Presidential Chair in Earth Science of the University of California-Santa Barbara, speaking about his discovery, research, and the issues affecting the Channel.This presentation will take place on Thursday, October 21 at 7pm PDT. The webinar is free, but registration is required, and donations are welcome. 

Hulloween Pumpkin Trail Festival at Hull Lifesaving Museum

Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 304:00-8:00 pm each day. Suggested Donation $5 per person, $10 per family. Children under 5 are free as is enjoying the museum side yard, light snacks and the gift shop.
Join us at the Lifesaving Museum for this family-friendly “Hulloween” adventure that includes many spooky / fun surprises. Our socially-distanced walking trail will begin at the entrance to the museum, exploring the exhibits as you pass by 100+ carved jack-o’lanterns crafted by fellow Hullonians, onto the pumpkin-lit deck, and, if you dare, wander through our haunted wilderness trail, returning to the main lawn. Visitors are encouraged but not compelled to wear their Halloween costumes.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum offers youth boater safety course

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering another Maryland DNR-approved boater safety course, with a three-session course scheduled for Nov. 15–17 that is aimed at young adult boaters ages 10 and up. 

All sessions will be virtual, held via Zoom from 5–8pm, and led by qualified CBMM staff members. The cost to attend is $25 per person, with space limited and registration required. A 20% discount is available for CBMM members.   

Boater’s Safety Courses teach participants the basics needed to safely and confidently operate a vessel on Maryland waterways. Maryland boaters born after July 1, 1972, are required to have a Certificate of Boating Safety Education. Participants must attend all sessions and pass the Department of Natural Resources exam to earn a certificate that is good for life. 

Early registration is recommended as classes typically fill fast. To register, go to For information on Maryland DNR’s boating safety program, visit   

Maryland Dove tours offered in October

On Thursdays in October, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering the public a chance to go behind the fences of its working Shipyard for an immersive small group tour of the Maryland Dove build project. 

Scheduled for 3pm on Thursdays Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28, the 45-minute tours will provide an up-close look at what it takes to build a historic maritime vessel in modern times. Led by CBMM’s shipwrights, each tour will give guests a more personal experience with its construction of Maryland Dove, a reproduction of the vessel that accompanied the first European settlers to Maryland in 1634. Slated for completion in 2022, the iconic ship is owned by the state of Maryland and operated and maintained by Historic St. Mary’s City.  

The cost to participate is $15 per person, with a 20% discount offered to CBMM members and registration required to Please note: CBMM’s working Shipyard is an active construction site; all participants are expected to wear closed toed, supportive shoes. 

Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series Returns: in-person AND on-line!

The first presentation of the 2021-2022 Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series will be held both in person and online on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm, featuring Barb Chisholm discussing the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire.

On the evening of Oct. 8, 1871, the worst recorded forest fire in North American history raged throughout Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, destroying millions of dollars of property, timberland, and taking between 1,200 and 2,400 lives. Beginning in Peshtigo, widespread drought conditions fueled the inferno and remarkably high winds caused the fire to spread across Green Bay to the Door Peninsula.

Barb Chisholm will give an overview of the fire that enveloped both sides of the Bay and how it influenced the area and its people, including the survival story of her great grandmother, Emmerence (Gaspard) Englebert.

More information, and a link to register for the online presentation, is available at