Way Back Wednesday


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July 1963 Concert being held in the courtyard

Many people are familiar with our concerts by the lake series in the summer but, long before those, we would occasionally hold concerts like this in our courtyard.  This is from July of 1963.

Feb 23, 1968, Miss Evans' 92nd birthday party

Cerinda Evans was The Mariners’ Museum’s first librarian and also wrote a biography on Collis Potter Huntington, our founder’s father.  This photograph of her from February 23, 1968 is of her 92nd birthday party the museum threw for her.  On the wall behind her you can see an oil painting of her.  And look at that typewriter!!

Fisheries and Whaling exhibition 1963

This third image shows a whaling and fisheries exhibition in 1963.  The main focus is the whaleboat built in New Bedford, Massachusetts by the Beetle Boat Building Company in 1933.  The piece is currently on display in our International Small Craft Center.  On the wall behind the boat is a painting of a Dutch Whaling Scene (1645) by Bonaventura Peeters, which is one of the oldest paintings in the collection and is a beautiful piece of art.

Jan 1966, first paying admissions


Something I didn’t know about the museum is that entry into the galleries was free until January of 1966.  This picture shows our first paying customers.  Behind them on the wall is a piece I’m very fond of, the stern carving from the replica sloop-of-war Fame (ca 1872).  She was used for training boys in seamanship.

2 thoughts on “Way Back Wednesday”

  1. The Museum should start using the courtyards again. They are so charming and intimate- great for smaller venues like this. Now they are just sitting disused and it is really a shame.

  2. Hi Dan,
    Well, we do still use our courtyards, just not in the way we used to. Our main courtyard (the one featured in the photo here) is used quite a lot for events. The other courtyard no longer has public access, but the staff have created a garden in it. They are lovely though.