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Happy birthday South Street Seaport Museum! On April 28, 1967, the the University of the State of New York, Education Department, granted us the status of Museum. Like many museums, at the time of its foundation, the Seaport Museum had no headquarters, no art collection, no ships, and no professional staff. It was founded by preservationists and individuals passionate about maritime heritage. As the Museum’s newsletter announced after receiving it’s charter, the Seaport Museum “...came into being through the work of friends, as a volunteer committee…Its destiny rests now with people who work for the idea.” This simple sketch by maritime artist Charles Lundgren was published in the same newsletter, and shows what was hoped for by the fledgling institution in 1967. Today the Museum’s headquarters is inside the 1810-1812 landmarked Schermerhorn Row, the collection has grown to over 27,000 artifacts and over 55,000 archival materials, five historic vessels, and 27 full-time staff members with expertise in historic ship preservation and the maritime industry, collection management and registration, letterpress printing, graphic art and design. Image: Charles Lundgren (American, 1911–1988) Detail from South Street Reporter Vol. I, No. 3 p.4 “The Seaport: Stage I.” May 1967. Paper, ink. South Street Seaport Museum Archives.