Looking for a chance to get out and meet with friends and colleagues, see original prints—not online images—and visit some of the places that inspired them? Join us in Mystic, Connecticut, from Thursday, September 30, to Saturday, October 2.
Our base for the first two days will be Mystic Seaport Museum, one of the nation’s leading maritime museums, with an outstanding print collection rarely seen by the general public. Your registration fee includes two days’ admission to the Museum Village. Mystic is also located near a number of other local attractions.
Attendees should make their own hotel reservations. Learn more about transportation and accommodation options.
Prefer to pay by check? You may also register by printing out and mailing this form to Nancy Finlay, 1658 Farmington Ave. #1, Unionville, CT 06085. Please register by August 15, 2021.
|THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30||MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT|
A continental breakfast at the Mystic Seaport Museum will be followed by our first in-person general meeting since the spring of 2019. The meeting will introduce our new officers and will include updates on our many activities since the pandemic broke out last year, as well as information about the 2022 annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Fred Calabretta, Senior Curator at Mystic Seaport Museum, will then provide an overview of the Museum’s collections highlighting selected prints and associated stories, and Richard C. Malley, Museum Curator at the Webb Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, Connecticut, will speak about the Museum’s nautical charts.
We will enjoy a catered lunch before breaking into groups for behind-the-scenes visits to the print collection and have our first chance to explore the Museum Village and to take a brief boat ride.
A buffet dinner will be held in the River Room at Latitude 41°, the Museum’s restaurant overlooking the Mystic River, and will be preceded by a Print Mart, with a chance to see, discuss, and purchase original prints from some of our dealer members.
|FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1||MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT|
We will continue our program on maritime prints at the museum, with talks on “The Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington” by AHPCS board member James S. Brust; Fitz Henry Lane by Georgia Barnhill, Curator of Graphic Art Emerita at the American Antiquarian Society; and maps and birds-eye views of local seaports by Christina Brophy, Senior Director of Museum Galleries at Mystic Seaport.
After lunch, you will have free time to continue your exploration of the Museum and its exhibitions, re-visit the print collection (by appointment), or visit some of the many nearby museums. Learn more about potential destinations.
For our final formal dinner, which will include a chance to honor retiring board members, we will return to the River Room at Latitude 41°. Dinner will be followed by the annual auction, which benefits the Society.
|SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2||OLD LYME & ESSEX, CONNECTICUT|
On Saturday, we are invited to a special preview of the exhibition Re-Visiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. Those interested in attending will carpool to Old Lyme, approximately 30 minutes from Mystic, where there will be a curator-led tour of the exhibition and a chance to visit the Florence Griswold House, a historic sea captain’s house, where many of the Connecticut Impressionists spent their summers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum campus, located on the banks of the Lieutenant River, also includes the studio of William Chadwick and lovely gardens.
From Old Lyme, we will continue up the Connecticut River to Essex, Connecticut, where we will have lunch at the historic Griswold Inn. Innkeeper Geoff Paul will welcome us and provide an introduction to the inn’s print collection, which we will be able to view on our own. Following lunch, you may wish to visit the Connecticut River Museum, located on the former steamboat docks on the riverbank.
Dinner will be on your own, a chance to enjoy one of the many fine restaurants in the Mystic area.