Mobile Workshops


Sailor’s Snug Harbor & the Noble Maritime Collection

Included in Registration

Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel by ground transportation to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden (formerly Sailor’s Snug Harbor - a retirement facility for sailors). They will take a guided educational walking tour of the site which was NYC’s first major historical preservation project. They will learn about its historic buildings as well as what life was like when it was an active home for ‘snugs.’ Following the tour participants will gather at the Noble Maritime Collection for exhibition viewing and a live musical reception with Bob Wright & the Harbortown. Bob Wright, a 4th generation Staten Islander from a seafaring family will play songs from his newest album that interprets the Smithsonian affiliate collection, collected by William Doerflinger at this very site.


Staten Island Ferry, Lower Manhattan Canal Slips and South Street Seaport

Included in Registration

Participants on this Mobile Workshop will travel to the St. George Ferry Terminal and board the Staten Island Ferry for an excursion to Manhattan. After disembarking at Whitehall Terminal, participants will begin a guided walking tour heading north along the East River.

This section of the harbor, well protected from the winds that hammered the docks on the western shore of Manhattan, was identified specifically with canal boats from the earliest days of the Erie Canal through the heydays of the Barge Canal. The group will visit the site of Pier Six, home of the New York State Canal Terminal and then walk to South Street Seaport for a museum visit. Returning participants will follow the same route in reverse. The walking tour will be led by Canal Society members Andrew Lauren and Dan Ward.


Third Mobile Workshop - TBD