Adult Lecture Series

Thursdays at 7:00pm at the East End Seaport Museum. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a Q&A session after the lecture.


Tickets are available at the door

Members: Free | Non-Members: $10 donation
For reservations: please call 631 477-2100 or

Please leave your name, contact information, number of people in your party and which lecture(s) you will be attending.


Rebuilding Bug Light: Otto Schoenstein

Thursday June 11, 2015 at 7:00pm

Otto Schoenstein single handedly planned, designed, and built the lantern room atop the newly constructed Lighthouse which is a replica of the one destroyed by fire on July 4, 1960. Otto’s accurately scaled model will be on display for the evening in addition to the Museum’s new permanent Bug Light room.

Follow the Stars: Captain Dave Berson

Thursday June 25, 2015 at 7:00pm

David Berson, Merchant Marine Licensed Captain, former relief skipper and celestial navigator instructor aboard schooner Pioneer, yawl Petrel, schooner Harvey Gamage, schooner Ocean Star.  Contributing editor Ocean Navigator Magazine, writing celestial navigation problems. Co owner and operator of Glory, the only Coast Guard certificated solar charged electric powered tour boat in United States. Operating from Preston's dock since 1999. Co founder with Meg Bennett, of the not for profit educational foundation Glory Going Green Inc, which provides free art, science music writing education programs 12 months a year to the elementary school children of Greenport


Thursday July 9th, 2015

Preserve Plum Island for Future Generations, will take the audience on a "virtual tour" of Plum Island and discuss efforts to preserve the Island.

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Speaker Biography

Chris is the Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound and the Outreach Coordinator of the Preserve Plum Island Coalition. He studied biology as an undergraduate and has a masters in health administration.

Takes a village to build a boat: ARDEN SCOTT

Thursday July 16, 2015 at 7:00pm

Greenport artist, Arden Scott, will discuss her learning curve and experiences building a sailing vessel.

Captain Pat Mundus

Thursday July 23, 2015 at 7:00pm

Pat will discuss her life's career from Montauk "dock rat" to graduate of the NY Maritime Academy to 17 years sailing aboard a tanker then owner of a charter sailing vessel enterprise. Her life vest never included the protection of harassment laws! 

George Washington’s Great Gamble: How Sea Power Won American its Freedom: James Nelson

Thursday July 30, 2015 at 7:00pm

After 6 years of brutal fighting against the greatest maritime power on earth, Washington knew he could not win without control of the sea. Despite all odds, Washington gambled his army and the outcome of the war on the single chance of gaining naval superiority.

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Speaker Biography

Jim Nelson was born and raised in Maine and graduated from UCLA with a degree in motion picture/television production. Finding that despite being in Southern California, it was a damp, drizzly November in his soul, Jim took the cure Melville recommended and decided to sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. For six years he worked on board traditional sailing ships before launching a writing career as in 1994. He has since written seventeen works of maritime fiction and history. He is the winner or the American Library Association/William Young Boyd Award and the Naval Order’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Nelson has lectured all over the country and appeared on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and BookTV. He currently lives in Harpswell, Maine, with his former shipmate, now wife Lisa and their four children.

Inside the Coffee Pot: Ted Webb

Thursday August 13, 2015 at 7:00pm

Ted Webb, Flotilla Commander, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, takes us into and through one of the most photographed and importantly situated lighthouses on the East Coast, the Orient Point Lighthouse.

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Speaker Biography

Check back soon to learn more about Ted Webb, Flotilla Commander, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Antarctica, At the Bottom of the Earth: Cara Sucher

Thursday August 27, 2015 at 7:00pm

For the past 16 years, Cara Sucher has been the manager of science and technology labs at various stations in the most untouched region on the planet. She will share her experiences, joys, work and her beautiful photography.

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Speaker Biography

Cara Sucher, a native Long Islander, earned her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She made her first trip to the Antarctic as a 2nd year graduate student, where she spent time conducting field work at Vostok Station, a Russian research station in the Antarctic interior and in the Ross Sea aboard the icebreaker, RVIB Nathanial B Palmer (NBP). After completing her degree, Cara spent two years in Washington, D.C. working first for the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the interagency US Global Change Research Program and then for NOAA’s Office of Global Programs. For the past fifteen or so years, Ms. Sucher has worked for various logistical contractors in support of the NSF’s US Antarctic Program (USAP) and has spent many, many months at both Palmer and McMurdo Stations as well as on both USAP-owned research vessels, the NBP and the ASRV Laurence M Gould. Cara is currently the manager of Science Planning, a team of people who assist the NSF in determining the resource requirements and logistical needs necessary to support USAP science at all three US research stations, on both ships, and in various deep field locations across the continent. Ms. Sucher resides in Washington D.C.