MRHS Program: Nautical Folk Art with Norman Brouwer

Norman Brouwer will discuss Nautical Folk Art

The Mystic River Historical Society is offering a discussion by historian Norman Brouwer on Nautical Folk Art. Bringing his 50 years of maritime experience, Brouwer’s talk will focus on art created by seamen on commercial sailing vessels from the late 18th century to the early 20th. Carvings, paintings, drawings and other items were made by sailors during their long voyages at sea. The men's living and working conditions, theories on the origins of these crafts and specific folk art elements and symbolism will also be explored. Mr. Brouwer will be showcasing some pieces of nautical folk art from his own personal collection, as well as photographs of many more items.

Mr. Brouwer was the Maritime Historian and Curator of Ship Restoration at South Street Seaport in New York City for over 30 years and now consults for Mystic Seaport, is involved in ship restoration projects, travels worldwide and speaks and writes extensively on maritime history.

The program is at the Mystic Congregational Church Parish Hall and is followed by a question and answer period and refreshments. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Mystic River Historical Society 536-4779, or email