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The Bronze Door Society

Join us as stewards of
The Mariners’ Word-class Collection

The Bronze Door Society is the oldest, member-managed affinity group of The Mariners’ Museum and Park. It is an active group of Museum patrons who gather regularly for lectures, behind-the-scenes tours, and social events in order to:

Bronze Door Society Member Cynthia Katz presents a check to Mariners' team members in front of the golden Lancaster eagle figurehead.
  • Encourage an in-depth understanding of the Museum’s collections, and library archives.
  • Support the Museum’s mission and programs by funding the acquisition, conservation, and exhibition of artifacts, works of art, and archival materials.
  • Provide educational programs and learning opportunities for the community.

The society is named for the spectacular set of maritime-themed bronze doors that were commissioned by Museum co-founder, Archer M. Huntington, and created in the early 1930’s by renowned American sculptor, Herbert C. Adams, specifically for the Museum’s original entrance.


With a minimum gift of $1,000, you can enjoy membership in a unique and historic donor society.

Membership includes:

  • Bronze Door Society affiliation for two household members
  • Voting privileges at The Bronze Door Society annual project selection dinner to determine project funding supported by The Bronze Door Society membership dues and fundraising efforts
  • Opportunity to join The Bronze Door Society Steering Council
  • Opportunity to participate in various planning committees for events and the annual dinner
  • Receive a copy of The Mariners’ Museum Official Commemorative Guide
  • Free admission to the Museum, for you and your guests-contact Development Office to receive general admission passes and schedule larger groups
  • 15% discount at Museum Shop
  • Subscription to our newsletter Ahoy!
  • Recognition on the Museum’s annual Donor Wall and Donor List
  • Reciprocal admission to 80 Maritime Museums nation-wide for two adults sponsored through the Council of American Maritime Museums
  • Advance notice of exhibit openings and Museum programs and events
  • Discounts on select educational programs and events, photographic reproductions, and library research
  • Free admission to Museum lecture series
  • Invitations to President’s Receptions
  • Invitation to an annual Garden Party with Howard H. Hoege III
  • Invitation to quarterly curator talks and two exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum collections and newest acquisitions
  • Use of the Museum conference facilities for monthly Steering Council and event meetings at no cost-with advance notice and based on availability, catering not included

Mr. John Avery Collins, Chair
Mrs. Cynthia Katz
Mr. James R. Knight
Mr. Ron Lewis
Ms. Sandra B. Armstrong
Mrs. Georgia S. Buxton
Mrs. Vance B. Field
Mr. H. Carlyle Gravely III
Mr. Gerald S. Hanley
Mr. John H. Holt
Ms. Susan S. Mullally
Mrs. Sandra N. Parks
Mrs. Nancy Horgan
Mrs. Carole Rekrut
Mrs. Judy Copes

  • Ms. Sandra B. Armstrong and Mr. Thomas Richmond
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sven D. Berg, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bonis
  • Drs. Bruce and Cassianne Booth
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Brooks
  • Mrs. Susan C. Brooks and Mr. Daniel W. Pritchard
  • Mrs. Georgia S. Buxton
  • Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Carlson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Brad Carmines
  • Mr. William R. Carpenter III
  • Dr. William B. Cogar
  • Mr. and Mrs. John A. Collins
  • Mrs. Judy A. Copes
  • Dr. and Mrs. John P. Doley
  • Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Etherington
  • Mrs. Vance B. Field
  • Dr. and Mrs. Wallace K. Garner, M.D.
  • Mr. Michael and Dr. Emmeline Gasink
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Gentry, Jr.
  • Mr. H. Carlyle Gravely III
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ward G. Gypson, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gerald S. Hanley
  • Mrs. and Mr. Caroline Hardy
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ted G. Hemmert
  • Mrs. Martha R. Hightower
  • Captain Richard S. Hillyer, Ret.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Hoege III
  • Mr. Wythe W. Holt, Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. John H. Holt
  • Mr. Saxon Holt
  • Mrs. Nancy E. Horgan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kendall C. Jones
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stuart E. Katz
  • Mr. James R. Knight
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Lanier
  • Dr. and Mrs. St. George T. Lee
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roney W. Lewis
  • Dr. John Q. A. Mattern II
  • Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Meehan, Sr.
  • Ms. Roberta FitzHugh Michal
  • Mr. and Mrs. Venner F. Milewski
  • Ms. Marcia A. Liebel and Mr. Ted W. Mittler
  • Ms. Susan S. Mullally
  • Ms. Mary C. Neale
  • Mr. and Mrs. James E. Neff
  • Dr. Douglas L. Nelson and Dr. Susan E. Mackel
  • Mr. and Mrs. William G. Ouzts
  • Mrs. Sandra N. Parks
  • Dr. and Mrs. William F. Peach, Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. James D. Penny
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Phillips, Jr.
  • Mrs. Jack Potter
  • Mr. John V. Quarstein
  • Ms. Carole L. Rekrut and Mr. Scott L. Edelman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Heinz O. P. Schiller
  • Mr. Ward R. Scull III
  • Mr. H. J. Shaw
  • Mr. and Mrs. Conway H. Sheild III
  • Mr. Howard P. Smith
  • Ms. Nan L. Smith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Norbert F. Smith
  • Capt. Brian T. Smith and Mrs. Lisa Ziehmann
  • Mrs. Robert G. Smola
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rick S. Spaulding
  • Mr. Bob Spivak
    Mr. and Mrs. John W. Staton
  • Mrs. Martha P. Stewart
  • Dr. and Mrs. Parker Stokes
  • Mrs. Mary H. Thompson
  • Commander Richard L. Thompson, USN (Ret.) and Mrs. Easter R. Thompson
  • Ms. Marguerite K. Vail
  • Dr. and Mrs. James A. Wassum
  • Dr. H. Alexander Wilson III and Dr. Anne L. Wilson
  • Mr. and Mrs. William C. Wooldridge
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Yeargin

Bronze Door Society Events

Annually, the Society presents The Mariners’ Sips & Trips event where the public is invited to an evening at the Museum to enjoy unlimited wine tastings and curated food pairings while exploring rarely seen artifacts and fascinating maritime stories. The proceeds of this event, along with Society members’ membership contributions, are designated to support the Museum’s work in conserving its world-class collections. 

Each October, the Society gathers for the Annual Dinner & Project Selection, where Museum team members present an array of conservation projects and funding needs. Members cast their votes at the event and provide funds for numerous projects. Since 2020, the Society has fully funded every project presented, and the Museum could not be more grateful for their commitment!

Upcoming Events:

  • The Bronze Door Annual Dinner
    October 21, 2022
  • Wreathing of the Lions
    December 3, 2022
  • Sips & Trips
    June 2023
Guests browse artifacts out on special display at The Mariners' annual Sips & Trips event.


Headshot of Ron Lewis and his wife.

The Mariners’ Museum has been a special and exciting destination for me and my family since I could walk! I was raised close by and many Sundays found my mom and dad and me gazing, always in awe, at the huge gold eagle or pushing buttons in the Great Hall of Steam. Now, I’m able to give back some of that joy by supporting the Museum as a member of The Bronze Door Society. The pleasure of joining others to leverage our gifts of support and really make a difference is indescribably satisfying. I urge you to share that pleasure and satisfaction by joining this unique institution, America’s National Maritime Museum!

Ron Lewis

Martha Field standing outside in the Mariners' South Courtyard enjoying a glass of wine with other Bronze Door members.

Over the years, The Mariners’ Museum has played a large part in my volunteer life, so when the Bronze Door Society was formed, I jumped at the chance to join. I cannot imagine a more wonderful opportunity to provide the Museum with a new item for the collection or a special fundraising event—or anything that might be needed. As a group, we not only sponsor a variety of fundraising events, but we have a wonderful time together! For us, the year culminates at our Annual Dinner, when we get the chance to vote on how to spend our money to best assist the Museum.

Martha Field

I have come to The Mariners’ Museum for over 35 years — for inspiration as a shipmodel builder. It is one of the best maritime museums in the world as I have found out in my travels. Virginia, you have a treasure. My membership in the Bronze Door Society is a great way to support this wonderful institution.

Heinz Schiller

Bronze Door member Nhu Yeargin with her husband in The Mariners' Main Lobby for a special event.

The Bronze Door Society is all about coming together, having great fun, meeting fabulous new people, and increasing one’s knowledge of the maritime world, all while benefiting a world class museum that’s right in our backyard! I’ve been a member for years and am very proud of our accomplishments in supporting the Museum.

Nhu Yeargin

Contact Us

For more information, contact:
Luisa Vázquez-López
Senior Director of Advancement
(757) 591-7705

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