Dear Fishers Islander,
This coming Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 2 PM, the Henry L. Ferguson Museum in partnership with the New London Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum, will be hosting a mid-winter illustrated talk that we hope will bring you summery thoughts as you consider the beaches of Fishers Island with a new perspective.
Discussing his first book, SHIPWRECKED, Coastal Disasters and the Making of The American Beach, Jamin Wells lays out his case that disasters have not only bedeviled the American beach—they created it.
Though the American beach is now one of the most commercialized, contested, and engineered places on the planet, few people visited or called it home at the beginning of the nineteenth century. However, by the twentieth century, the American beach had become the summer encampment of presidents, a common destination for millions of citizens, and the site of rapidly growing beachfront communities.
Join us as Mr. Wells tells the story of this epic transformation, arguing that coastal shipwrecks themselves changed how Americans viewed, used, and inhabited the shoreline. Some welcome food for thought as we hunker down both here on Fishers and in far flung places while looking forward to warmer walks along the beach.
Illustrated Talk by Jamin WellsThis Illustrated Talk is co-sponsored by the New London Maritime Society – Custom House Maritime Museum (New London, CT).
Time: 2:00 pm – 2:40 PM
No Advance Registration Required
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