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    Re: "Longitude Found" Presentation
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2015 Sep 12, 22:49 -0700

    Hi Stan,

    You wrote:
    "http://www.mysticseaport.org/event/longitude-found/?enews
    It might be an opportunity for some of us locals to get together."

    Seems like a great idea! This Thursday evening? I don't think it's a capacity-limited venue (the big room at the "Latitude 41" restaurant). It should be possible to "register" on the day of the presentation, but I will make sure. I'm in. Stan, you're in, right? By the way, Herbert is somewhere in the Pacific, I think. Who else is joining us??

    Of course, Richard Dunn has been a "NavList member" with all the perks and privileges of that august office for many years. So we should certainly have a NavList contingent for this presentation.

    I put some effort last Spring into organizing a NavList+ event at Mystic Seaport, tentatively called "Longitude Day", which would have been a NavList meeting as well as something useful to the museum and tied to the opening of the NMM's travelling Longitude exhibit (which is the focus of Richard Dunn's presentation and opens on Saturday, September 19). Unfortunately, that got stuck in the usual swampy mire of bureaucracy and sank.

    I do have a bunch of classes and workshops at Mystic Seaport this Fall connected with longitude in one way or another and designed to interface/connect/amplify the concepts of the "Longitude" exhibit. The schedule is more or less as I arranged it. This is one area where Mystic Seaport excels. They prefer that I design the curriculum, build a schedule, and do all the work to create these classes and then teach them. Works for them, and it works for me. Of course, among others, I am repeating my "19th Century Celestial" class and my "Lunars" class this Fall. And sure, it's just a lunars class. Can study that anywhere, right? ... Uh, well, actually, this is probably the only place on Earth where you can spend a weekend specifically devoted to learning about the principles, history, and practice of lunars. And how terrific is it that the NMM's exhibit on longitude is going to be at Mystic Seaport, too, this Fall and Winter! 

    Frank Reed
    ReedNavigation.com / Clockwork Mapping
    Conanicut Island USA

       
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