New England Heritage Illicit Goods: Piracy & Smuggling on the High Seas of New England

August 29 to September 1 or 5

NEH, Highlights, 2020

Join in on an intellectual, swashbuckling adventure!

Plundering on the high seas has traditionally been viewed as unscrupulous villainy, unless authorized by the government, in which case operations were known by the more genteel name of privateering. Smuggling, or prohibited trafficking in wares, while illegal, allowed colonial trade to help establish our nation. Patriots or criminals? From 18th century privateering and piracy to 20th century rum-running, join the New England Heritage program on Star Island for a swashbuckling adventure in the intellectual and entertaining pursuit of New England’s history of acquiring illicit goods. Discover New England’s legacy of piracy and smuggling through lectures given by renown experts. Delve into workshops designed to enrich our understanding of the region’s dubious past. And, of course, spend a day dressed like a pirate at this enlightening summer camp for adults on beautiful, historic Star Island at the Isles of Shoals.

Minister of the Week

Reverend Gail Avery, Canon for Transition and Community Engagement in The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Program Fee

Full conference, 7-nights: $125 per person (age 12 and above); 3-night session: $90 per person (age 12 and above.)

Room & Board Rates

NEH Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
7-nights $1041 $1,416 $1,282 $1,881
3-nights $494 $660 $607 $906


Contact Chair Ann Beattie

Returning Shoaler Discount!

If you are returning to Star Island this summer and bring a new Shoaler you will receive either a $50 or $125 room and board credit depending how many people you refer.

1-3 referrals – $50 credit
4+ referrals – $125 credit

New Shoalers receives 25% off room & board of one of the select conferences when referred by a returning Shoaler.

The returning Shoaler must fill out the discount application. The application asks for the name of the person who referred the new Shoaler – SIC staff will credit the returning Shoaler’s room and board bill when a name is submitted on the application.

Discount Deadline: Two weeks prior to the conference you plan to attend.