Tribute to a career dedicated to maritime heritage;
ceremony on August 24, 2019
The Cape Ann Museum’s esteemed Maritime Curator Erik Ronnberg Jr., who for many years worked as a shipmodel maker on Cape Ann, will be receiving the Edgar B. Caffrey Award during the 37th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival August 24-25, 2019 at the Hawthorne Marina in Salem, Mass. The award will be conferred on Saturday August 24 at 11am.
Ronnberg, the son of a Swedish-born Master Mariner who arrived in
America in 1939, grew up in a household where he and his father would make shipmodels
together. After graduating with a degree
in biology, Ronnberg decided to pursue a career in model making, firstly as an
apprentice at the Newark Museum and then as an Assistant Curator at the New
Bedford Whaling Museum. Today Ronnberg’s
models are in many private collections and Museums including the Smithsonian
Institution, MIT Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, New Bedford Whaling Museum and
the Cape Ann Museum.
A model (above) made by Ronnberg together with his father is currently
on view at the Cape Ann Museum as part the Museum’s recently opened “Homer at
the Beach” exhibition which features 51 works by original works by renowned
American artist Winslow Homer (1836–1910). The exhibition is the first close
examination of the formation of this great artist as a marine painter. The Cape
Ann Museum will be the sole venue for this exhibition, which includes loans
from some 50 public and private collections.
Following a decline in the shipmodel market in 2014, Ronnberg joined
the Cape Ann Museum as Maritime Curator and has carried out extensive research
about the Museum’s Fishing and Maritime industry collections. Ronnberg’s deep maritime knowledge was
instrumental most recently in preparations for the “Homer at the Beach”
exhibition, and his research and writings were integral to the Museum’s creation
of an online catalogue raisonne of the works by Fitz Henry Lane (1804–1865),
a Gloucester born artist who is today known as America’s preeminent marine
artist of the mid-19th century.
“We applaud Erik for this award in recognition of his lifelong passion
and deep maritime knowledge,” said Oliver Barker as Director of the Cape Ann
Museum. “This is a wonderful accolade for Erik who is one of the most highly
regarding model makers in the country” said Barker.
Gloucester Cemeteries Advisory Committee would like to share with the community news about an upcoming August preservation workshop in Gloucester.
Gravestone Preservation Workshop August 3 and 4 of 2018 at Clark’s Cemetery and First Parish Burial Grounds, Gloucester, MA. This 2-day workshop will provide basic information and hands-on skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not be repeated. Participants are welcome to attend either or both days. For detailed information on this workshop please visit http://ptn.org Cost: $100 for 1 day or $150 for both days. The restoration instructors are donating their services and the workshop monies will be used to fund the Christopher P. Robinson Scholarship Fund. Contact Info: Moss Rudley: firstname.lastname@example.org (304-261-1748) or Jon Appell: email@example.com (860-558-2785)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015, 10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM, REGISTRATION : $7 PER CHILD FOR NON-MEMBERS, FREE FOR MEMBERS, AUDIENCE: PREK – 12 YEARS WITH PARENT/GUARDIAN. Get ready for marine science and mad science during our third annual Marine Halloween party! Click here for full info and registration.
Announcing the 2016 Boat Captain’s & Safe Boating Classes at Maritime Gloucester
Maritime Gloucester has once again partnered with Boatwise to offer a series of Captain’s Courses and Safe Boating Basics and Navigation Classes. All courses and classes will take place in Maritime Gloucester’s Robbins Classroom. Descriptions, dates and tuition are listed below. Class hours are Saturday and Sunday 8:30a-5:30p and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00p-10:00p. Register through Boatwise HERE.