Membership and Outreach Committee

Purpose: to develop and maintain SEMA membership and support for Ernestina, by maintaining www.ernestina.org, publishing Updates (newsletter) and conducting other outreach, including public relations and marketing activities.

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Let’s Celebrate Ernestina-Morrissey ‘s Future on Thanksgiving!

Ernestina-Morrissey needs YOU to give us all something wonderful to give Thanks for this year. How?  Contact members of the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee and urge them to act on “The Act to Preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey.” It’s … Continue reading

Fair Winds, MarDee Xifaras

“Margaret Dexter (Strahorn) Xifaras, a New Bedford lawyer, citizen activist and stalwart Democrat, died shortly after midnight on October 8, 2019 of metastatic breast cancer.” Margaret D. Xifaras’s life story should inspire everyone. We would like to share how she was … Continue reading

You Can Help Today!

An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey The bill S.2328, An Act to preserve the Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey has passed the Massachusetts Senate and is now in the House Committee on Ways and Means. You can follow the link to see … Continue reading

A Perfect Evening in Charlestown

On Thursday. September 12, 2019, the USS Constitution Museum held their Salute to Maritime Heritage. The weather threatened and the schedule was shuffled but the skies cleared for a wonderful celebration on the USS Constitution! After a convivial reception, remarks … Continue reading

SEMA Selected for Don Turner Award

The Board of Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum has selected Schooner Ernestina-Morrissey Association to receive the 2019 Don Turner Award.  This award recognizes a person or team of people who have contributed significantly to efforts to preserve important vessels. We … Continue reading

Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days

We visited the Shipyard in June during Boothbay Harbor Windjammer Days.  Bristol Marine held a reception on Monday to share the work they are doing. Ross Branch described the work and the shipwrights provided an above and below deck tour … Continue reading

The Past and the Future

We recently heard from Jose Andrade.  In the 1990′s we knew him as the deckhand “Little Joe”.  Fred Sterner says he could throw a heaving line further than anyone.  His Dad, “Big Joe” and his Mother were, and still are,  … Continue reading

AHA! “What will be rest of Ernestina-Morrissey’s story?”

“What will be rest of Ernestina-Morrissey’s story?” Join NBWNHP  Artist-In-Residence Artist David Higgins as he shares some creative ways of looking at local stories through performance and objects.  Add your thread to the weave of history. As part of David’s project we’ll … Continue reading

Save the Date!

Recycle + History = Art

This summer artists from the SouthCoast visited New Bedford State Pier to glean surplus material from the Ernestina-Morrissey storage area.   Chuck Smiler and Gallery X‘s Chuck Hauck organized this opportunity for artists to “re-purpose” the material they gleaned with the … Continue reading

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