Thursday, October 9, 2014
Join us for a special lecture: “The Herreshoff Legacy”
Given by Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum
Skinner Boston Gallery
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
The event is free and open to the public.
Yachting undeniably reflects America’s maritime culture. Nathanael Greene Herreshoff was a premier yacht designer, builder and the earliest MIT student to achieve fame in these fields. He and his company designed and built every America’s Cup winner from 1893 to 1920. His designs revolutionized American yachting through superlative racing records.
The oldest tradition in sports is the awarding of trophies for yacht racing. Many of the historic, unique and ornate prizes remain perpetual trophies of yacht clubs around the world, or exist in museum collections. A relative handful still exist in private collections, such as the ones presented in The Freedland Collection of Yachting Trophies, to be offered in the European Furniture & Decorative Arts auction on October 11, 2014 in Boston.
Kurt Hasselbalch has been a curator of several marine collections since 1981. In 1990, he became curator of the Hart Nautical Collections at MIT Museum. He has organized 15 exhibitions at MIT Museum and published four collection guides, including one to the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company design records. Over his career, he has participated in design research for over 100 historic vessel restoration and replica projects.