Museum readying for its biggest Moby-Dick Marathon, Jan. 7-8-9

Dr. Greg Galer, the Museum's VP of Collections & Exhibitions, inspects the Moby-Dick section of the Ellis Mural, which will be exhibited as part of multiple events and activities of the 15th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon

The holiday season is over. A quiet midwinter weekend’s ahead. A great time to decompress with a good book… so good, you can’t put it down for 25 hours! It all starts this Friday. Here’s a rundown of the activities:

Friday, January 7, 5:30 p.m.: Weekend activities kick off on the eve of the Marathon – with a ticketed buffet dinner and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery. The buffet, a hearty winter meal of baked stuffed breast of chicken with gravy, oven-roasted potatoes, garden vegetables, tossed salad, cranberry sauce, crusty rolls & butter, will be followed by cake squares, assorted pastry, steaming hot coffee and punch – provided by Riccardi’s Restaurant and Buffet Catering. Tickets are $18. Call (508) 997-0046 ext. 100.

7:15 p.m.: Free public lecture: “Is Moby-Dick Still the Great American Novel?” Dr. Elizabeth A. Schultz, professor emerita, University of Kansas, and Melville Society scholar.

Saturday, January 8, 10:00 a.m.: “Stump the Scholars” A fun quiz game with the Melville Society on all matters Moby-Dick. Prizes will be awarded.

12:00 p.m. Noon: Moby-Dick Marathon Begins in the Lagoda Room, Bourne Bldg.

1:30 p.m. (approx.): At the Seamen’s Bethel – Chapters 7, 8 and 9 are read (and sung) in the “Whaleman’s Chapel.” With Rev. Dr. Edward R. Dufresne, as Father Mapple, and Joanna Weeks, vocalist.

3:00 p.m. (approx.): Marathon continues in the Jacobs Family Gallery of the Whaling Museum.

Ongoing Activities Throughout the weekend:

– Special Exhibit: “Visualizing Melville”

– Images of Moby-Dick, presented by the Museum’s Apprentices in the Cook Memorial Theater

– LIVE Streaming @

– Tweets: #MDM15

– Refreshments will be served throughout the Marathon.

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