The exhibition sections are diagramed above. In all sections, visitors will experience premier examples of artifacts, plans, photographs, art and a combination of multimedia, hands-on and digital interactives.
The introduction is an immersive experience of the marine environment set in the early period of Herreshoff family experimentation in boat design, building and racing.
Explores the importance of observation and sailing in the early education of Nathanael Herreshoff and introduces visitors to the marine design environment.
Examines radical disruptions Captain Nat introduced early in his career, such as his first modern catamaran yacht, that had fascinating implications in shaping both his thinking and future success.
Shows how Captain Nat’s methods were simultaneously traditional and scientific, and constantly fueled by a determination to search for improvements.
Reviews Captain Nat’s important contributions to yacht rating formulas and handicapping. His interest in design rules and affinity for mathematical expression of marine design provide insight into his success.
Acknowledges that Captain Nat’s unique success resulted from a special mixture of his unusual youth, his formal education, keen insight, vast experience, native intelligence and strong drive for improvement and innovation.
Here the onsite and online experience comes together. The interactive multimedia wall allows visitors to search, explore and learn from the thousands of digital collections produced through this project. Although the scale will be much larger, the content and interactivity will be similar to online access.
To learn more about this project and view a demonstration of online and onsite access to the Herreshoff Collection, please contact Kurt Hasselbalch.
The MIT Museum invites support for the Herreshoff Legacy Project, which includes the creation of the exhibition Lighter, Stronger, Faster, the online database, and an educational resource guide and programs. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and the MIT Museum is happy to discuss these with donors.
Online contributions to the Herreshoff Legacy Project can be madeHERE>>