Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ferdinand "Red" Nimphius TOPS-O-COTTON

The Wisconsin Maritime Museum will be soon receiving as a donation the Ferdinand [Red] Nimphius-built boat TOPS-O-COTTON. The museum will be hosting an event on May 17, 2008 celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of "Red" Nimphius. Toward that end, the museum is seeking information on other Nimphius boats to include in an exhibit. What would be of great interest would be photographs, models, artwork, news articles and racing trophies, plaques or ribbons won by Nimphius boats. Any members of your club who currently own, or have owned and even raced one of Nimphius' boats is encouraged to contact the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's Curator, David Beard or Collections Manager Cristin Waterbury with a list of items they might wish to loan to the museum for this event. The objects will remain on exhibit through the summer and then be returned to the owners. Any assistance with this project would be greatly appreciated. And we invite anyone interested to join us on May 17 to celebrate the life and craft of Red Nimphius. Best regards, David Beard Asst. Director/Curator Wisconsin Maritime Museum 75 Maritime Drive. Manitowoc, WI 54220 (920)684-0218 x116

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