Lecture | The Hallowed Halls of Scrimshaw | March 3

The Hallowed Halls of Scrimshaw

The Hallowed Halls of Scrimshaw

A Lecture by Stuart M. Frank, PhD

Friday, March 3 |  RECEPTION 5PM  |  LECTURE 6PM


Stuart M. Frank is Senior Curator Emeritus of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Director
Emeritus of the Kendall Whaling Museum, and Founding Director of the Scrimshaw Forensics®
Laboratory. He is the author of the books Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw
in the New Bedford Whaling Museum; Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists; More Scrimshaw Artists;
Scrimshaw and Provenance; Herman Melville’s Picture Gallery; Jolly Sailors Bold: Ballads and
Songs of the American Sailor; The Book of Pirate Songs; Classic Whaling Prints; and numerous
articles and monographs about nautical art, history, literature, and music. A native of New York
City, he holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A.R. from Yale University, postgraduate
diplomas from the Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown
University. He has been Research Associate at Mystic Seaport, Artist-in-Residence and Scholar-in-
Residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, President of the Council of American
Maritime Museums, served on the Secretary of the Interior’s Advisory Committee on Maritime
Heritage, the executive board of the International Congress of Maritime Museums, and the
editorial boards of the International Journal of Maritime History and The American Neptune. He
was awarded the John Lyman Book Prize for Herman Melville’s Picture Gallery, the Historic
New England Book Prize for Ingenious Contrivances, has been an American Friends of Canada
Fellow, Australian Bicentennial Fellow, Lowell Lecturer, Vaughan Evans Memorial Lecturer in
Western Australia, Research Fellow of the Nantucket Historical Association, and Visiting Fellow
at the Prins Hendrik Maritime Museum in Rotterdam, the Dutch Maritime Museum in Amsterdam,
and the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdansk. He is an elected Fellow of the Massachusetts
Historical Society and was inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

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