The Return of South Street Seaport Museum


Follow this link to my new Chelsea Now piece about the reopening of the South Street Seaport Museum and their exhibition Street of Ships: The Port and Its People. 


One detail I didn’t include in the article — as invariably happens to me nowadays in an American history context, I encountered a relative of mine; in this case Abiel Abbot Low (1811-1893), an important merchant in New York’s China trade. Low was originally from Salem, Massachusetts and that is where our families connect up. My (7th) great grandmother was Margaret Low of Ipswich. Deacon Thomas Low (1631-1712) is our mutual ancestor.

Anyway, big changes are afoot at the Seaport in addition to the stuff I talk about in the article (which focuses on the museum and its ships). The mall at South Street Seaport was also damaged by Sandy, and is now being completely rebuilt, as well.  Rest assured we shall keep you informed as things develop! Til then, don’t forget to read this article!:

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