History after Hours: Sailors and Sea Shanties
Set sail this Tuesday with a shipbuilding demonstration and sea shanties aboard the privateer sloop.
Boatbuilder and maritime historian Gabe Christy will perform a live woodworking demonstration in the Museum’s Rotunda during the event. Christy, who was part of the team from the Independence Seaport Museum that constructed the Museum’s replica privateer ship, will create a 20-foot long topsail spar – the long pole that carried the ship's topsail – which will be used on the replica ship later this year, allowing the sail to be raised and lowered and making the ship more interactive.
In Cross Keys Café and on the privateer ship, Gallery Educator Ryan Schwartz will lead a sing-along of sea shanties, commonly sung by laboring sailors, for guests from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Throughout the evening, guests can create their own origami paper ships, complete with a mast, bowsprit and sails in the Rotunda. At a temporary tattoo station, visitors can choose from two historically inspired tattoos: a mermaid and an anchor.
United By Blue, an outdoor brand focused on ocean conservation, will have a table with information about their upcoming river clean-up project as well as merchandise available for purchase. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. All apparel and accessories are responsibly made using sustainable materials such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and bison fiber. United By Blue products can be found in more than 700 outlets nationally and in stores in Philadelphia and Manhattan.
Happy Hour in the Cross Keys cafe will feature drink specials.
The History After Hours Series and discount admission sponsored by PECO.