Isles of Shoals Historical and Research Association June 2023

June 18 - June 22

Remembering the Departed: From Mourning to Legend 

Join us as Sam Collins helps us explore Victorian mourning traditions and funerary customs. Try your hand at the astounding art of Victorian Hairwork Jewelry and join us for an Island Death Tour. Take some time this winter to ponder your own ancestors’ legends and lore and come prepared to share their stories under the guidance of Judith Davis. The play this year will take the form of a dramatic presentation of the Boone Island shipwreck complete with sound effects. This will segue into Judi Trainor teaching us about the U.S. Lifesaving Service, its origins, history, surfmen and rescuers. We will plan again for a side trip to the Wood Island Lifesaving Station with docent Laury Bussey. 

Theme Speakers

Sam Collins, MA, maritime historian and Vaughn Cottage Museum Curator 2008-2011

Judi Trainor, MA, gravestone scholar 

Minister of the Week

The Rev. Judith A. Davis, PhD, Adjunct priest at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, NC

Program Fee

$125 per person 

Room & Board

The rates below are per person for the full length of the conference.

Standard Shared: $703  | Standard Single: $939

Motel Shared: $855  | Motel Single: $1,290 

Financial Aid

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Boat Schedule

June 18: Depart Portsmouth at 2:20 PM, arrive to Star Island at 3:30 PM

June 22: Depart Star Island at 2:15 PM, arrive in Portsmouth at 3:45 PM


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