Göran R Buckhorn writes:
Yesterday, a small group of rowing history enthusiasts wrapped up the last memorabilia and other rowing ‘stuff’ in the G.W. Blunt White Building at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Just some weeks ago, the ‘Blunt White’ was the location of the National Rowing Foundation’s National Rowing Hall of Fame, with a special rowing history exhibition, “Let Her Run”. The ‘enthusiasts’, Bill Miller, Tom Weil, Tom Sanford, Edward Monahan and yours truly, had been in the group who, seven years earlier, built up the exhibit. Display cases were built for rowing trophies, pots, medals, posters, prints, trading cards, ‘rowing bling’, regatta programmes, magazines, books, etc. Most of these things belonged to Tom Weil. During the seven-year period, the Rowing Hall was welcoming rowers from all over the States and different parts of the world, Rowing History Forums were organised in the building and two Rowing Hall of Fame inductee parties were held here – what wonderful times! But it was not to last. In the beginning of September, the ‘Blunt White’ closed. Due to Mystic Seaport’s re-organisation of the museum’s grounds, the building with the rowing artefacts is going to be demolished in November this year and leave room for a new, large exhibit building, which is also going to act as the museum’s new main entrance.
We had a good run…
Here are some photographs from the ‘last day with the gang’.