Mariners, Whalers and Traders – Island Connections to the Thames
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to partner with the Thames River Heritage Park to host their 2024 lecture series, Stories from the Park: Island Affairs of the Thames.
Probing the historical impact and influence of the connections with islands near and far to the Thames River, the five-part series will explore the “power of place” from a social, cultural, political, economic and ecological perspectives along with its impact and influence on life on the Thames – historically and up to the present time through stories, song and prose.
Jan. 3 – Mariners, Whalers and Traders – Island Connections to the Thames: Troubadour Geoff Kaufmann shares stories of mariners, whalers and traders in prose and song. His set of songs will reference connections between New London/Groton and Southeastern Connecticut to islands near and far.
Reception: 6 pm
Lecture: 7 pm
Cost: A discounted rate of $10 for Thames River Heritage Park and Lyman Allyn Art Museum members, or $15 for the general public is offered to those who register at least one week in advance. The regular cost is $15 for Thames River Heritage Park and Lyman Allyn Art Museum members, or $20 for the general public.
Seating is limited. Advance registration is required.
Kinship, Trade and Culture: Eastern Long Island and the Thames
by Patricia Schaefer, New London County Historical Society
February 7, 2024
Connecticut’s Sweet Tooth: New London, the Sugar Trade, and Slavery in the West Indies
by Matt Warshauer, Central Connecticut State University
March 6, 2024
Bound for Desolation – New London “Whalers” and Isles of the Southern Ocean:
by Deborah Donovan, TRHP Director Emeritus
April 3, 2024
Whaling, Religion and Royalty: New London and Lahaina
by Stephen Manuel, New London County Historical Society
May 1, 2024