Wednesday, May 09, 2007

American Maritime History Course at Mystic Seaport June 18-July 26, 2007

Mystic Seaport's Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies is currently accepting applications for its summer courses in American maritime history. Early registration shows an interesting mix of students. Some will take the courses for graduate credit, while others will audit classes just for the joy of it.

Enrollment for the June 18 through July 26 Institute is, however, limited. Further information and applications are available by writing Co-Director Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D. at Munson Institute, 75 Greenmanville Ave., P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355 or via the Internet at

Harvard's Professor Robert Albion founded the Institute in 1955. Since that time, hundreds of students from all walks of life have passed through the program and gone on to complete higher degrees, and publish numerous books and articles. Institute offerings are fully accredited by Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. This summer's offerings include: an American Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research.

The Munson faculty is made up of scholars from across the country. They are leading authorities on topics like ship technology, women and the sea, African-American seafaring, marine archeology, seafaring culture, the history of marine science and the environment. The faculty's most recent collaboration, the critically acclaimed America and the Sea has become a "must read" in the field. Another Institute resource is the newly restructured G.W. Blunt White Library, a major research library in maritime history on the Mystic Seaport grounds. The library houses a large collection of manuscripts and rare books and is available to Munson students.

During the six weeks of study, the 17 acres of Mystic Seaport serve as a unique campus where the nuances of maritime life are in evidence in scores of historic settings including the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Additionally, Munson students participate in field trips to Newport and the old whaling ports of New London and Stonington, CT. They are also offered unique opportunities such as rowing or sailing period watercraft on the Mystic River and cruising aboard SABINO, America's last coal-fired passenger vessel.

Mystic Seaport works to preserve and exhibit the maritime heritage of America and to tell the story of America and the sea. The staff includes 350 professionals from a wide range of disciplines.

Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D.
Robert G. Albion Historian
Co-Director, Munson Institute
860 572 0711 ext. 5089

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