Larry Fisher, Herreshoff Marine Museum

I had the pleasure of visiting Larry Fisher today while researching an article for Classic Boat magazine. He is the executive director of the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island. Fisher is a museum director/curator par excellance and is renowned for his mainstream museum work which is why it was a coup for Halsey Herreshoff to secure him in 2008 as executive director. In the brief clip on my YouTube Channel, Fisher talks about the new waterfront education and exhibition center that will expand the Museum’s reach beyond the static and wonderful displays of equipment, boats and photos currently at the museum. The building is designed by Friedrich St. Florian who drew the WW II memorial in Washington, DC.

Fisher also talks about the Green feasibility studies being done on the 100-plus-year-old manufacturing buildings on the Herreshoff grounds that are currently being used for a growing technology complex that hosts a maritime-based business incubator. The Museum is using consultants from Brown University to restore these historical structures in a way that will reduce energy consumption. There will be a solar array covering the largest building and restoration also focuses on restoring some already efficient technologies, particularly in passive solar, the Herreshoff’s employed in the early 1900s.

Please enjoy the video and also visit the Museum as its collection is one worth bathing in for an afternoon. What the future holds for this waterfront gem where J-Class boats overhung the street is enticing and encouraging to this industry and passion.

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