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BELLES OF ST. MARY’S
May 27, I960
Fond Farewell to Mr. Cannon Thanks and Bon Voyage to Dr. Parker
On July 11, yir. Carl Cannon of
the St. Mary’s faculty will join
the Education Department of The
iVlarine Historical Association, Inc.,
at Mystic, Connecticut, as Asso
ciate Director of Education for
Mystic Seaport. Dr. Richard Stone
has recently accepted the resigna
tion of Mr. Cannon from the fac
Against a background of sea
faring history, the descendants of
the shij)-builders and mariners
created Mystic Seaport to exemp
lify the imj)ortance of our seafaring
life and traditions and to perpetu
ate them as a part of our American
heritage. It is a reconstructed New
England port of the Age of Sail,
an authentic replica of the mid-
19th Century. Mr. Cannon will,
within ‘a short ])eriod time, become
the Director of Education, one of
the three executive ])ositions of the
Association. Last summer Mr.
Cannon was appointed as one of
the twelve National Trust scholars
and took special training at Colon
ial Williamsburg in the field of
historical administration. His new
position will be in this field.
The Education Department at
iMystic Seaport handles many fac
ets of the Association in the use
of its facilities for educational pur
poses. Over 500,000 visitors visited
the Seaport last year and it is the
purpose of the Education Depart
ment’s program to educate each
visitor. Although the educational
program at Mystic is a year around
program, much of the glamorous
part is concentrated in the summer
months between June and Septem
ber. There is during this i)eriod
the Youth Training Program for
Girl Mariners and Sea Scouts in
which the teenagers live aboard the
Joseph Conrad and learn the rudi
ments of seamenship by actually
living and “working ship.” The
Conrad cadets are taught the ele
ments of navigation, shij) routine.
and the handling of small boats.
The beautiful 61-foot schooner
Brilliant cruises the southern New
England coast each summer be
tween Cape Cod and New A"ork
teaching its cadets the practical
aspects of sailing.
The summer-time activities of
the Educational Department also
contain the showing of the town
itself with the hosts and hostess
who carry on a variety of activities
typical of a whaling community
of the mid-19th Century. The Sea
port also has a junior museum for
small children and a large modern
mariners’ museum filled with ship
models, scrimshaw, and arts con
nected with the sea.
There is also the Frank C. Mun
son Institute of American Alari-
time History, unique summer
course affiliated with the Univer
sity of Connecticut. Taught by a
distinguished faculty, it is the only
course of its kind offered in sum
mer session on the University level.
During the summer and the win
ter the Education Department
not only directs the visitation and
orientation of school groups to the
Seaport, but sends out lecturers,
slide and movie programs, sea
chest exhibits, and school publica
tions designed to aid the teacher
in observing the great contributions
that the sea and shipping have
made to New England life. During
the year, one of Air. Cannon’s
problems will be to seek endow
ment funds to create a large cara
van exhibit to visit the schools of
Connecticut, New York, and Alas-
sachusetts. The “Seaport Adven
tures” are a series of lectures at
the Seaport designed for adult and
family groups. And the recently
opened new planetarium will be
used to teach special courses in
astronomy and celestial navigation.
These are just a few activities of
the Education Department of Alys-
Summer Plans For the Faculty
Not only all the girls at SALIC
have summer plans, but so do many
of our illustrious teachers. These
teachers after sitting up all night
to grade exams, so we can finish
school and go home, are then
“heading for the hills.” Though
we’ve heard of no “OD” house-
parties, or extensive trips to “Nags
Head,” vacation-time for our profs
is sure to be varied and enjoyable.
Airs. Bailey, after recoui)erating
from Alay Day, is ])lanning to
visit New A'ork City for two weeks
and then go home to Texas for the
remainder of the summer. Accom-
l)anying her will be her three
Aliss Eggert has no definite
])lans, but will spend some time in
Kansas and the rest of the time in
Dr. and Airs. Broughton, and
Aliss Tucker, are journeying to
California to ])lay in the National
Air. Beery left to s])end ten
days in Oilando, Florida, where
he was a judge in the National
Guild Piano Auditions. He will re
turn at the end of Alay for Com
mencement. Sometime in June he
hoi)es to conduct a clinic for piano
teachers here at St. Alary’s.
Aladame Smith is leaving Ra
leigh by ])lane, June 2nd. She will
arrive in New Amrk City the same
day. Then she will go on to her
homeland of France by jet plane.
Alost of the summer will be spent
visiting relatives in such cities as
Chalons, Nancy, and Alayenne.
The remaining portion of the sum
mer will be spent traveling in
southern France, with possible ex
cursions into Italy and Sj)ain.
Air. Alecks is joining many St.
Alary’s students in summer school
at Carolina, where he will be work
ing toward his Doctorate.
Air. Shellans, also working on his
Doctorate, will be engaged in Read
ing and Resource Courses at Caro
lina. He’s also i)lanning some trijis
into the mountains to add to his
repertoire of folk ballads.
To the Editor:
In rej)ly to your kind inquiry re
garding the report that Airs. Park
er and I are planning an extended
trip to Euroj)e, I am happy to con
firm the rejiort.
In view of uncertainties, espec
ially the prevailing political situ
ation, the execution of the plans is
subject to a large D.V. (Deovo-
Y'e exjiect to sail Aug. 26 or Sep
tember 2 on the Dutch Line and
land in Southampton. From then
on our schedule is elastic, since we
shall stay in any place till we are
ready to move on to the next invit
After a couple of weeks in the
British Isles we move on to North
ern France for a week, then a week
in Germany followed by a week
in Switzerland with Geneva as our
Then about three weeks in
Southern France with trips out
from Aix-en-Provence to Nimes,
Arles, Alarseille, Les Baux and the
other many points of historic and
scenic interest nearby. That will
take until about Nov. 1.
In Italy we anticipate a pleasant
and varied three weeks in Venice,
Florence, Rome, Naples and pos
Heading north again for a week
on the French Riviera, probabl.'"
Nice, will bring us to December,
and we move on to Barcelona for
a few days.
By boat to Alallorca for a week,
then back to A^alencia, followed b.'"
three or four weeks near AlalagS’
with side trips along the Alediter-
ranean and to Spanish Alorocco.
Granada or Seville seems like 3
good place to spend Christmas,.
then a visit to Palos de Aloguer
whence Columbus set sail in 1492.
Then on to Aladrid, where ffo
have some good friends. From
there we shall visit Toledo, Seg
ovia, Avila and other places.
From there northwardi to the
Cid’s old home in Burgos, and per
haps Santiago de Compostela.
The rest of our time (and mon
ey) will be spent in France and
England, details depending on mat
ters which are impossible to antici
pate. Return is scheduled D’’
Alarch, April or Alay, as the case
I already anticipate the pleasure
of getting home to work my west
40 m strawberry time.
An advance message to you from
“over there”: “Having a wonderful
time; wish you were here.”
Eugene F. Parker
Ring out the old
and ring in the neW
Many thanks to
the old officers
and welcome to
the new officers